Unique Collaboration

October 16, 2017

Three health care professionals in Sturgis, Mich., have established a group that seeks to help injuried high school students regardless of whether they compete on a school team.

According to The Sturgis Journal, Ashley Hopkins, Sturgis High School's head athletic trainer, formed the partnership with Sarah Stroble, doctor of physical therapy at Sturgis Hospital, and Amy Hackman, who is in charge of the Gesundheit Student Health & Healing Center. 

“The primary focus is on the student-athletes from my end, but we also want our students to know they can come to me if an injury has happened and we can get them pointed in the right direction,” Hopkins said.

The program is intended to help students in as efficient a manner as possible, ensuring that their parents are informed. Along with treating students' injuries, they hope to help identify causes of injuries.

“This program we are setting up has great communication,” Stroble said. “Ashley may see a student-athlete that gets hurt and she will contact Amy or myself and that way we can work together and have quick results. We want to get our students into the right person and get them back on the playing field, if they are an athlete, with the right diagnosis.”

The three women expressed the hope that by combining their efforts, they would be more effective in their respective jobs.

“We’re obviously hoping to prevent injuries and I think we are doing that by making better assessments, doing screenings on athletes and spending some extra time with students,” Stroble said. “I want what is best for our student-athletes and to be able to help them be healthier and decrease injury rates while also improving keeping students in shape strength and endurance.”  

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