Sports Medicine trainers are key component at wrestling tournament
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."
According to a letter to Sports Medicine from Scott Brookman, who officiates matches at Bi-state: "I officiate several tournaments in Western Wisconsin where athletic trainers are provided by other clinics. None can compare to the Gundersen crew in the attitude and job done. There is no other meet, including the crew at the state tournament, that has athletic trainers matside sooner or who are more knowledgeable of the injuries."
Dave Rudrud, Bi-state coordinator, expresses much the same feelings. "The Gundersen medical team provides the best onsite triage care of injury at any event I have ever seen," he says. "Virtually each match has constant observation and coverage, that's an outstanding commitment from the athletic training staff."
In addition to treating athletes at Bi-state, Gundersen Sports Medicine has athletic trainers serving 28 area high schools treating athletes throughout the school year.