Discover Complete Sports Medicine and Concussion Care
A love for sports as a child and young adult led Dr. Zachary Smith to pursue a career in sports medicine. After two years of playing soccer for a development team of the Colorado Rapids Major League Soccer franchise, Smith decided to begin medical school. Today, he is board-certified in sports medicine and family medicine and cares for athletes of all ages at LeBauer Sports Medicine at Elam in Greensboro, NC.
“I understand the dedication and sacrifice athletes make – whether they are in high school, college, starting down the professional path, or participating in competitions as an adult,” says Smith.
Smith currently serves as a team doctor for the Carolina Dynamos soccer team; however, he also treats individual patients of all ages, abilities, and athletic pursuits. Dual training in sports and family medicine allows Smith to create a holistic approach to care and treatment. Not only does he have the knowledge to treat injuries, enhance performance, and offer injury-prevention guidance, he understands how other health issues can impact an athlete’s ability. And, as a primary care sports medicine physician, patients do not need a referral to make an appointment.
Professional Concussion Treatment
Smith is dedicated to offering research-based best practices to help patients and is working towards becoming a Certified ImPACT® Consultant. (Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). Smith works with a multidisciplinary team that includes physical therapy, neurology, and athletic training services to offer concussion evaluation, management, and recovery.
“Just like an injury to a muscle, the brain can become injured and not work as well. If not managed appropriately, a concussion may have long-term complications,” says Smith. “Our concussion treatment team utilizes a comprehensive approach, including treating symptoms such as headaches, addressing nutrition, and taking the steps needed to return to sports, school, or work safely.”
Preventing Injuries in Teen Athletes
Smith volunteers with several local high school sports teams as well as the NC Power Volleyball Club and the Carolina Cowboy Athletic Association. In addition to his work with youth teams, he treats individual youth athletes.
His number one recommendation for parents of children and teens is to not specialize in one sport at too young of an age. “Participating in only one sport year around increases the risk of injury and burnout at least threefold,” says Smith. “Children and teens younger than 15 should enjoy numerous sports throughout the year.”
Sports Medicine for Active Adults
Whether you are a weekend golfer, a tennis club player, a runner, or training for a triathlon, sports medicine services can help you. Some of the most common services for adults include:
- Sports performance
- Plantar fasciitis
- Carpal tunnel
- Tennis elbow, golfers elbow
- Runner’s knee
- Ankle sprain
- Injuries to the extremities, neck and back
- Custom orthotics
Ready to Make an Appointment?
If you or your student needs treatment for an injury or could benefit from a performance evaluation, including injury prevention guidance, contact LeBauer Sports Medicine at Elam for an appointment with Dr. Smith. Either complete our online form to request an appointment or call us at (336) 547-1792.