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Vail Valley teen athletes get free care from Steadman Hawkins

Vail Daily Staff Report
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Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL ” Eagle County schools is in the process of signing a contract that allows the Steadman Hawkins Clinic to provide sports training and rehabilitation care to student athletes in Colorado’s Vail Valley.

Dr. William Sterett serves as head team physician for the U.S. Women’s Alpine Ski Team, chief of surgery at Vail Valley Medical Center and is a partner at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic. He will now also serve as the medical director Eagle Schools athletic teams.

Steadman Hawkins Clinic has provided free athletic training to Eagle County Schools since 1997. The clinic has provided more than $1.4 million worth of medical care, athletic training and medical supplies over the last 12 years.

“Sports injuries happen every day,” Sterett said. “The easiest thing to do is place (student athletes) in a cast and tell them to return to the clinic in a month. Instead, with a trainer there, you can ice, apply compression and conduct a good evaluation to decide the severity of the injury on the spot.”

Athletic trainers advise school athletic directors on the safety of playing conditions, train for emergencies on the field, manage injuries, provide pre-season physicals, and educate students, staff and parents about injuries, including concussions.

There is at least one athletic trainer at Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley High schools at 3 p.m. every day to evaluate injuries, perform therapy and tape athletes. There is also an athletic trainer on site for every high school athletic event.

“We have world class doctors working on the top athletes in the world who are personally taking care of our student athletes,” said Scott Green, president of the Eagle County Board of Education.