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With school just getting under way, Athletic trainers from MedWest Sports Medicine are already on the field working to keep area studentathletes injury free.

MedWest is providing athletic trainers to more than a dozen area schools and athletic programs, as well as physician coverage and physical therapy services to Western Carolina University’s student-athletes.

“The ability to have licensed, certified medical personnel in our local schools on a daily basis greatly improves the access to healthcare for the student-athletes,” said Carlyle Schomberg, MPT, Director of MedWest Sports Medicine.

“It also provides coaches and parents with peace of mind, knowing their children are well cared for. We are very proud to provide this service to the schools and communities.”

Athletic trainers are on site daily at schools, covering practices and games and working with coaches and players on rehabilitation and preventative measures, such as ImPACT concussion testing, knee injury prevention programs and weather-related safety.

Schools being covered this year are: Haywood County’s Pisgah and Tuscola high schools, Bethel, Canton and Waynesville middle schools, and Haywood Christian Academy; Jackson County’s Smoky Mountain High School, middle school athletic programs and Blue Ridge School in Cashiers; Swain County, Robbinsville and Cherokee high schools; and the athletic programs of Highlands School. In addition to providing daily athletic training coverage, MedWest Sports Medicine also offers annual athletic physicals for students at the schools they cover and conducts community educational outreach at area sporting events.

The MedWest Sports Medicine team includes 15 physical therapists and athletic trainers and Dr. Chris Catterson of Western Carolina Orthopedic Specialists in Clyde, and Drs. Lawrence Supik, Martin Senicki Ryan Slechta, Judson Garbarino and William Ralston of Carolina West Sports Medicine in Sylva, Franklin and Bryson City.

For more information on MedWest Sports Medicine, call (828) 452-8077 in Haywood County or (828) 586-7934 in Jackson, Macon or Swain counties. Or visit http://carolinawestsportsmedicine.com/ or www.haymed.org.


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