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Supervisor, Athletic Training Services and Performance Enhancement Program
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network
Whether you’re a recreational or elite athlete, there’s nothing worse than being sidelined by an injury. Fortunately, with proper care and treatment, you can get back to your active lifestyle.
The first step is consulting with a provider who can evaluate your injury and determine how to treat it most efficiently and effectively so you can get back in action. A sports medicine physician is an excellent option, as they are specially trained for assessing sports injuries, making a diagnosis and determining the most appropriate treatment options.
Treatment often includes physical therapy, which can help you improve strength, mobility and range of motion as well as learn ways to prevent future injury. In some cases, working with an athletic trainer or other non-surgical options are recommended. If it is determined that surgery is necessary, your sports medicine physician will refer you to a sports medicine surgeon to review your options.
Sometimes sports injuries require immediate attention. In those cases, the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network offers Ortho Now. These walk-in clinics are similar to urgent care clinics but specialize in bone, muscle and joint injuries. Patients get immediate treatment and are referred to the right specialists for follow-up care, if needed.
Once you’ve been injured, you’re at a higher risk of getting hurt again. So it’s important to learn how to prevent injuries before they occur. Improving your strength, range of motion and flexibility can all significantly lower your risk of getting injured while participating in your favorite sports.
One option is the Performance Enhancement Program (PEP) offered by the Froedtert & MCW health network. PEP helps athletes maximize athletic achievement while also learning how to avoid injury. Licensed athletic trainers and sports performance coaches work with participants one-on-one to assess their strengths and weaknesses and build a training program that is specific to their sport. Injury prevention training exercises are also incorporated into every session. PEP trains both recreational and elite-level athletes. Some PEP participants join the program after getting treated for a sports injury because it provides continued care with someone who understands the human body, how injuries happen and ways to prevent them.
The Froedtert & MCW health network prides itself on having a completely integrated sports medicine team. Our specialists collaborate to provide the most seamless care to rehabilitate injured athletes and get them back into play.