GREEN COUNTY Co., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Greene County General Hospital and Team Otrtho Orthopedics and Sports Medicine are heading into their second year of their sports medicine program.
Team Ortho works to provide local schools with athletic trainers. The main goal is injury prevention and its centralized location saves student athletes and parents from having to make long trips to get the help they need.
“One of the benefits of just being local is there’s sort of a comfort level that people get with knowing what they’re getting,” Dr. John Hammerstein, Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Physician at Team Ortho. “People know what they’re going to get and are comfortable with it and takes out a lot of anxiety.”
Charlie Karazsia has been the athletic director for Linton-Stockton High School for the last 22 years and says the school struggled for a long time to find an athletic trainer but once they finally received one, it’s been a pleasure to have.
“Jed (Arseneau) is worth his weight in gold for us. He bends over backwards of for us,” said Karazsia. “He’s at different meetings that we have together. He’s there for our teams that are here.”
March is athletic training month and the athletic trainers at Team Ortho are working to not only prevent and heal injures but also to educate.
“Before a year and a half ago, a lot of individuals in this area didn’t really know what athletic trainers did or what really what our scope of practice was,” said Team Ortho manager. “The biggest things is educating parents and administrators.”