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Hat City Physical Therapy expands role

February 10, 2017 GMT

DANBURY — This isn’t your typical physical therapy office.

Hat City Physical Therapy, which opened in late January at 46 Federal Road, helps patients recover from injuries and get stronger, but also specializes in treating athletes, concussions and the elderly. Both owners, Lee Day and Karen Constantine, are certified to treat concussions, a growing field of concern among athletes and accident victims.

“We love being part of the Danbury community and wanted to be in the heart of it,” said Constantine, a Danbury resident whose children attended Danbury High. “We want to contribute and be an asset. We’re very passionate about what we do.”

Day has already proven to be a valuable asset to the local sports community. He volunteers his time as athletic trainer and medical director for the Western Connecticut Militia football team, Danbury Titans ice hockey team and Danbury Westerners summer collegiate baseball team. He also works with athletes at Immaculate High School and Bethel High School.

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“I do it because I love it,” Day said of his volunteer work. “I’ve volunteered thousands of hours in the community. It’s a good way to get exposure, but really I just love it.”

Day also offers CPR training to local coaches at cost. He has worked with the New York Giants, Bridgeport Bluefish and Bridgeport Sound Tigers in various capacities.

Day is also certified as an athletic trainer, as well as in strength and conditioning. Day and Constantine have worked together for 23 years. They each earned their doctorates in physical therapy about six years ago.

“It’s a whole paradigm shift in how you think of patient care,” Constantine said of earning the doctorate. “It’s changed the way I do things, the way I treat patients.”

The concussion treatment is based on the ImPACT management tool to evaluate, treat and manage concussions. ImPACT, or Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing, devices were developed at the University of Pittsburgh. Last summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration permitted marketing of two ImPACT devices to assess a patient’s cognitive function following a head injury.

“We gradually simulate activities they will be doing and see their responses,” Constantine said. “That’s how we determine if they are ready to get back to their activities.”

Hat City Physical Therapy also works with elderly fall victims and has a program to help prevent falls because “that can have a huge impact on quality of life,” Constantine said.

Hat City is also a direct access office, meaning patients can go directly to physical therapy without being referred by a doctor. Day wants to create an atmosphere at Hat City Physical Therapy in which patients provide support to each other. If you are injured, Day said, you have something in common with the other patients, regardless of the specific injury.

“The goal is to become a staple of the community,” Constantine said. “When people get hurt and want evidence-based community care, I want this to be the go-to place.“

To reach Hat City Physical Therapy, call 203-748-4278 or visit www.hatcityphysicaltherapy.com/

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