Summit: Providing Comprehensive Medical Coverage For District 833 Athletes
If your child competes on one of the sports teams at Woodbury, East Ridge, or Park High School, there’ll be Summit sports medicine specialists cheering during his or her games—and ready to provide comprehensive medical support when it’s needed.
This year, Summit was selected as the Official Sports Medicine Partner for Woodbury, East Ridge, and Park high schools. Drs. Gannon, Scofield, Skendzel, and Warner are working closely with Summit’s dedicated NATA-certified athletic trainers to provide students in each school’s athletic program with pregame taping, training supervision, fitness, and medical assistance in the event of an injury.
“We are delighted to care for these high school students in our community,” says Summit sports medicine physician and surgeon Dr. Jack Skendzel. “Orthopedic coverage for football games is required by law, but our care extends to the high school basketball, soccer, volleyball, hockey, and track and field teams as well; we are here to take care of all of the district’s athletes.”
Summit’s investment in the district’s schools and families goes beyond medical coverage. In 2016, Summit has also donated the following resources:
- $15,000 to help fund equipment and supplies.
- $25,000 to upgrade and replace equipment and facilities at the three high schools, with a focus on improving safety.
- $20,000 to the City of Woodbury for the use of field rental, ice time, and other resources at the the Bielenberg Sports Center.
- Complimentary impact testing for all athletes.
- Complimentary physicals to all East Ridge, Woodbury, and Park High School athletes.
- $45,000 for strength and speed coaching, including use of the Summit space at the Bielenberg Sports Center by coaches free of charge.
- Nutrition education to enhance sport activities and overall health.
“At Summit, our mission is focused on evolving to meet our community’s needs,” explains Dr. Skendzel. “We are here to facilitate injury prevention, treat the injuries that do occur, and support rehabilitation so that young players can return safely to the sports they love. We’ve developed new resources through our Bielenberg Sports Center that benefit athletes with an entire continuum of care. When a player suffers a hand or ankle injury, I am happy to triage it, but I also have an array of comprehensive medical resources at my fingertips, from entire teams of specialists and therapists who provide medical expertise to casting, splinting, X-rays, MRIs, injections—even surgery if it’s needed. Through our health and wellness center, there are additional health-related resources, including strength and speed training and nutrition counseling. That’s what is so special about our program: it’s one-stop comprehensive care for our athletes and their families. This is our way to give back and do our part to keep our community healthy.”
Sports medicine: Expert bone, joint, and muscle care
From Olympians to pro athletes to youth sports and those that just want to be more active – Summit Orthopedics delivers expert care by fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians. If you are recently injured or concerned about ongoing pain, Summit Orthopedics sports medicine specialists have the expertise to evaluate your discomfort and develop a plan to quickly and safely help you get back to being active.
Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as several additional community clinics.
“An active lifestyle requires superior physical function, and I understand that my patients have exceptionally high standards for their performance and joint health. My goal is to return patients to optimal function so that they can continue to perform and master their personal athletic goals.”
“As an athlete, I understand the profound impact that an injury can have on a patient’s life and well-being. My goal is
to return people to activity as quickly and safely as possible, whether that’s training for an ultramarathon or walking
the dog around the block.”
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