Published: Dec. 20, 2010
Updated: Dec. 21, 2010
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By DukeHealth.org staff
Duke Sports Medicine's partnership with Hillside High School in Durham, NC, helped the Hillside Hornets claim a 40-0 victory over Davie County High School in the 2010 NCHSAA 4A Football Championship.
More importantly, says Duke Sports Medicine's Shefali Christopher, PT, DPT, LAT, ATC, all of the starters on the team were able to take the field for the final game.
The fact that the starters were all well enough to play is a testament to the close relationship Duke Sports Medicine has formed with the players and coaches at Hillside.
Head coach Antonio King encouraged players to trust the discretion of the sports medicine team and to seek physical therapy and rehabilitation for even minor injuries.
As part of Duke Sports Medicine's Community Outreach Program, William T. Hardaker Jr., MD, and Christopher worked one-on-one with the team, ensuring that injured players were seen by sports medicine specialists in a timely manner and that Duke's expert orthopaedic care was available at every game. Hardaker attended all 16 of Hillside's winning games this year.
In addition to Hardaker and Christopher's devoted attention, the entire Duke Sports Medicine team offered medical and surgical services to the athletes, as well as physical therapy and education, when needed.
Dean Taylor, MD, and Scott Gibson, PA-C, MHS, saw injured Hillside football players every Monday morning, no matter how busy their schedules were. And Jeffrey Bytomski, DO, Chris Cole, PA-C, MMSc, and John Lohnes, PA-C, MHS, would fit players into their schedules when the need arose. During the off-season, players received surgical care from orthopaedic surgeons Taylor, Allison Toth, MD, and William Garrett Jr., MD, PhD.
By working together, the Duke Sports Medicine team was able to provide the high level of care needed to get these young athletes back on the field in playing condition. The result was a strong, healthy team that dominated the season with a 16-0 record and won a state championship title.