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As a cautious mom, I have always steered my athletic 17-year-old son, Ryan, away from contact sports such as football and hockey. I was thrilled when he found his niche in "safe" sports-baseball, swimming and tennis. So, I was shocked when I received a call from the high school athletic trainer reporting that Ryan took a tumble playing tennis and broke both bones in his forearm.
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It's as much a part of the holiday season as putting up a tree and opening presents. For the past 24 years, for two days between Christmas and New Year's, Holmen High School has hosted the Bi-State Classic Wrestling Tournament at the La Crosse Center. For the past 17 years, one constant at the tournament is Gundersen Sports Medicine athletic trainers taking care of all the athletes. "This is a great honor for our staff," says Kim Zirbel, MS, ATC, Sports Medicine. "This year our staff treated 153 wrestlers from 51 high schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota. We also had three ambulance calls for serious injuries over the two days."
Two members of the Gundersen Sports Medicine staff are having their work published in national journals. Both staff members' studies explored anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in athletes.
Postsurgical Orthopedic Sports Rehabilitation Knee & Shoulder is the only book on postoperative care, healing and rehabilitation of sports injuries specific to the knee and shoulder. Gundersen Sports Medicine played a part in its creation. "Rob Manske is the editor of the book," says Kristen Brinks, MS, PT, ATC, Sports Medicine. "Rob spent a year as a physical therapy resident at Gundersen Sports Medicine. He found our team to be a valuable asset then and came to us when he set out to publish a textbook."
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