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Published on November 17, 2017

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Helping young athletes stay in the game

Kids who compete in sports are always at risk for strains, sprains and broken bones. When an injury occurs, parents can breathe easy knowing there is a certified athletic trainer on site and physical therapy available at Gundersen Tri-County Hospital and Clinics in Whitehall.

Kristin Mull, MS, LAT, PES

Kristin Mull, MS, LAT, PES

Kelly Mohr, DPT, OCS

Kelly Mohr, DPT, OCS

"Athletic trainers are medical experts in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activities," explains Kristin Mull, MS, LAT, PES, a certified athletic trainer at Gundersen Sports Medicine. "We work closely with the coaching staffs to introduce and encourage injury and illness prevention techniques."

Kristin provides athletic training services for students at the Whitehall and Blair Taylor schools; her colleague, Garrett Bennett, LAT, provides services at Arcadia and Independence schools.

Physical Therapists are medical experts who rehabilitate athletes after injury. They help patients decrease pain and return to their maximal level of function through exercise, posture instruction, body mechanics training, and joint and soft tissue mobilization.

"Receiving quality physical therapy close to home saves athletes from traveling an hour to appointments so they can focus on other aspects of their life," says Kelly Mohr, DPT, OCS, physical therapist at Gundersen Tri-County.

When an injury occurs, athletic trainers and physical therapists communicate with a student's medical team to create and implement rehabilitation and reconditioning strategies. "We use our experience and education to make decisions when it is safe for a student to return to participate, which takes the pressure off coaches and school districts," comments Kristin. "We really love the coaches, student athletes and communities where we work and feel like we are part of their teams."

For more information on physical therapy close to home, contact Gundersen Tri-County Rehabilitation at (715) 538-1713.