Members of the Duke Sports Medicine team go to extreme measures to help school-based sports teams within the service region achieve their own personal best.
The team works with athletes from several public high schools in Durham, Orange, and Wake counties, as well as several area private schools and public middle schools.
These schools include:
Director Claude T. Moorman, III, MD, and the entire Duke Sports Medicine team have formed close collaborative partnerships with athletic directors and head athletic trainers at area schools to provide access to valuable Duke services including multidisciplinary health care and professional training.
At each school, Duke provides a physical therapist (PT), often dually certified as an athletic trainer (ATC), to work directly with the athletes, the school's certified athletic trainer, and coaches. These PT/ATCs are at the schools throughout the year performing services, pro bono, for athletes of all sports.
Services at the participating schools include providing detailed assessment and treatment of injuries, educating athletes about injuries and injury prevention, assisting the school’s certified athletic trainer with coverage of sporting events, and expediting physician appointments for athletes who choose to see a Duke physician.
Duke Sports Medicine physicians also provide on-field medical coverage for football games at the schools. In the spring, Duke sponsors a physicals event where athletes can obtain a pre-participation physical for minimal cost.
Additionally, the Duke Sports Medicine Outreach Program partners with Triangle Futbol Club and Triangle United Soccer Association to provide local youth soccer athletes with direct access to high quality professional physical therapy services.
These services include injury prevention programs, health and wellness education, soccer-specific training programs, injury screening, and rehabilitation of soccer related injuries.
For more information on community outreach, please contact Alanna Cooley, outreach coordinator, at 919-681-1656.