Coach Safely

Flyer outlining Coach Safely Program

Encore Rehabilitation, Inc. is proud to be the Education and Triage Partner of Alabama’s Coach Safely Foundation!

The Coach Safely Act (HB9), passed by Alabama Legislature, is the first of its kind to address public concerns about sports injuries for younger athletes (14 and younger).  This law  and the Coach Safely Program bring together community youth coaches and experts in the medical field to reduce sports injuries, increase education about injuries, and increase participation in sports activities. The law is administered under the Alabama Department of Public Health and will be piloted this fall. Advocates of the law include Coach Nick Saban of the University of Alabama, Coach Wille Slater of Tuskegee University, and numerous other coaches throughout the state.

One part of the Coach Safely program is an educational course for coaches. The course was developed by Dr. James R. Andrews and the Andrews Research & Education Foundation.  The course covers topics such as concussions; heat and exertion illness; trauma and overuse; sudden cardiac arrest; and emergency action plans.

The Coach Safely Foundation was formed to support the Coach Safely Program and to work with each of the approximately 400 municipalities in the State of Alabama. The Foundation is supported by Children’s of Alabama, Encore Rehabilitation, and ThreatAdvice as well as public and private grants.

To read more about the Coach Safely Program, visit their website at:

Encore Rehabilitation, Inc
251 Johnston Street, SE
Decatur, Alabama 35601
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Jacob Ring-Athlete of the Month for Holly Pond High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

Male baseball player in uniform standing on baseball field holding a certificate and t-shirt which reads Encore Sports Medicine Athlete of the Month while male athletic trainer also helps hold shirt

Jacob Ring has been selected as Athlete of the Month for Holly Pond High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman.

Jacob is a Junior and multi-sport athlete for the Broncos, competing in Football (#50) and Baseball (#24). He has been named 2017 2nd Team All-Area Baseball and 2017 All-County and All-Region Offensive Line. After high school, he plans to major in Mathematics and Education at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

In his free time, Jacob likes to play sports, bowl, and spend time with his friends. He is the son of Michelle Daugherty and Allen Daugherty.

Congratulations, Jacob! We wish you the best!

Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman
1701 Main Avenue SW, Suite G
Cullman, Alabama 35055
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Continuing Education for Athletic Trainers, Strength & Conditioning Coaches, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Ortho Technicians – Encore Sports Medicine Symposium, July 13-15, 2018 in Orange Beach, Alabama

MLB Bound! Jonathan Gettys is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan!


New Clinical Director Phillip Dueitt, DPT, Bay Minette, Alabama

Phillip Dueitt DPT

Meet Physical Therapist Phillip Dueitt, Clinical Director for the new Encore Rehabilitation-Bay Minette, Alabama clinic!

Phillip has been a Clinician for eight years and has been with Encore Rehabilitation for three years. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He is also Certified in Dry Needling. Phillip provides quality physical therapy services to help patients reach their optimal level of movement.

Phillip is married and has three children. His hobbies include hiking and fishing.

Stop by the new Encore Rehabilitation Clinic in Bay Minette, Alabama and say hello to Phillip! 

Encore Rehabilitation-Bay Minette opened in April 2018. Services at the Bay Minette location include Physical Therapy, Industrial Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine. Athletes utilizing this clinic will include the Sun Chiefs from nearby Coastal Alabama Community College-Bay Minette.

If rehabilitation is in your future, choose Encore Rehabilitation!

Encore Rehabilitation-Bay Minette
1902 Hand Avenue, Suite C
Bay Minette, Alabama 36507
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“I love living in the community, ” Brooke Owens, DPT, Encore Rehabilitation – Gordo

Brooke Owens DPT Gordo

The best thing about being a Physical Therapist? Brooke Owens, Physical Therapist at Encore Rehabilitation – Gordo says, “I love living in the community I work in and seeing patients functioning well in their daily lives after we work with them!”

Brooke has been a clinician for three years, all of her time with Encore Rehabilitation. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. She is also Certified in Dry Needling, ErgoScience FEC Certification, and PPI Certification.

Thank you, Brooke, for your wonderful care. Happy National Physical Therapy Month!

And if you see Brooke out and about in Gordo, be sure to say hello!

At Encore Rehabilitation, we LOVE to see you move!



Hayden Encore Athletes of the Month, Kellyn Calvert and Peyton Waugh!

Congratulations to the Hayden Encore Athletes of the MonthKellyn Calvert and Peyton Waugh! Kellyn and Peyton are both athletes at Corner High School in Dora, AL.

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Kellyn Calvert is a junior and plays on the Lady Jacket’s Tennis team. She has a 4.14 GPA and will graduate in 2017. Kellyn is 2nd seed in singles and 1st seed in doubles for three years now. She has been tennis runner-up in the sectional tournament and also in the county tournement. After she graduates high school, Kellyn plans to major in pre-dentistry and go to dental school. She is the daughter of Jeff and Amy Calvert.

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Peyton Waugh is a senior and has played on the Boys Tennis team for 3 years as well. He has been the 1st seed for singles and doubles for all 3 years and was runner up in the sectional tournament for singles and doubles in 2015. Peyton has a 3.4 GPA and plans to attend Bevil State, then transfer to UAB where he will major in business. He is the son of Rodger and Tonya Waugh.

AL Pain Center Athlete of the Month, Joel Powell.


Congratulations to one of the funnest patients we have ever had, Joel Powell! Joel was chosen as the October Alabama Pain Center Athlete of the Month and is a multi-sport, athlete at Huntsville High School.  He is a member of the Panther’s football and basketball teams. You can find him on the field, or on the court, wearing the jersey number 14 and 30 respectively.  Joel has a 4.0 GPA and plans to attend with Auburn University or UAB to study orthopedic surgery.  He is the son of John and Linda Powell.

Keep up the good work, Joel! Good luck this season!


Fayette Patient of the Month, Will Henry.


We have chosen Will Henry as the Fayette Clinic Patient of the Month, and for a good reason at that! Will is a 45 year old, Persian Gulf War Veteran who started having problems with his back while on active duty in 1990. After the war, while mowing his lawn one day, he felt a sharp pain in the lower-middle part of his back. A few minutes after that he lost all feeling and use of his lower half. He was immediately rushed to a local hospital where he had a CT scan that revealed a “Thoracic Herniation.” Will found out that he had herniated his T-10 and it had compressed and displaced his spinal cord to the right. After being rushed to UAB in an ambulance, he underwent emergency surgery, laminectomy with a bone graft, spinal cord decompression, T9-Tll spinal fusion and a series of evaluations. He spent 5 days in ICU and another 5 days in the Orthopedic Recovery unit trying to regain feeling in his legs. After that, he was admitted to the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center Rehabilitation Wing where he spent 27 days learning how to walk all over again. Will started outpatient therapy with us on November 24, 2014 and is still receiving therapy today. “The therapist/staff have been wonderful and they have aided my recovery efforts greatly.” 

Will is now making great progress with his therapy and will be back in 110% in no time! Thank you for serving our country!!

“10 easy tips for eating healthy while on the road or on vacation this summer.” by

Laura Newton, an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), offers these 10 suggestions:

Plan ahead: “Choose foods to take in the car, eat before arriving at the airport and consider the options available upon arrival at the destination,” Newton said in a UAB news release this week.

Keep it on ice: Put a cooler in the car and pack it with such healthy treats as fruit, yogurt, water, cut-up vegetables and sandwiches on whole-grain bread.

Eat this, not that: Make the best food choices you can when you’re on the road. At convenience stores, go for yogurt, fresh fruit, fruit cups or nuts (which are good in moderation.) At burger joints, the most simply prepared items are the healthiest choices, according to Newton. She suggests a plain hamburger with lettuce and tomatoes or a grilled chicken sandwich with lettuce and tomatoes. You can also hold the mayo and dressing and choose kid-size portions.

Don’t eat out all the time: If possible, rent a hotel room or vacation home with a refrigerator and stock it with good food. “It can be easier to eat healthful meals when cooking yourself,” Newton said.

Moderation, moderation: Try not to miss meals, because this can cause you to overeat at the next meal. “Pack a cooler for the beach and take water, fruit, maybe some nuts and string cheese,” Newton said. “This type of mini-meal is easily portable and can help tide people over until they can have a regular meal.”

Go ahead, be good to yourself: Don’t feel you have to completely give up favorite vacation foods. “You should definitely indulge, but in moderation, maybe one small treat a day or one splurge day during the week,” Newton said. “Ask for a small portion of the regional favorite or order from the appetizer menu.”

Start restaurant meals with salad or veggies: “This will help fill you up so you don’t eat more of a higher-calorie item,” Newton said. “Ask for extra vegetables or substitute another vegetable in place of a starch.”

Search the web: Look online for restaurants in the area you’re visiting. Review the menus in advance and decide what to eat before you go.

Drink lots of water: People often mistake dehydration for hunger, according to Newton.

Stay active! “This doesn’t need to be strenuous exercise, such as running or lifting weights, but do go sightseeing on foot or take a hike, swim in the pool or at the beach,” Newton said.”



Cullman Encore Athlete of the Month, Isaac Hardin


Congratulations to Isaac Hardin for being chosen as the Cullman Encore Athlete of the Month! Isaac is a Junior and plays baseball and football for Hanceville High School. He is the catcher and pitcher for the varsity baseball team, and plays center and middle linebacker for the varsity football team. Isaac has had a good baseball career with batting average of .352, 4 home runs, and 38RBIs. He would like to attend UAB after high school and play for the college baseball team. Good Luck Isaac!