The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s (CHH) Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Program awarded its annual “Back In The Game” scholarships to seven deserving athletes who were injured over the course of their high school athletic career, treated through the hospital’s school based Athletic Training program, and able to return to the sport they love.
“Back In The Game” $250 scholarship recipients for 2013 were Roberto Santiago and Nicole Kozlak of Torrington High School, Robert Skinner and Mackenzie Russo of Gilbert High School, Chris Stern of Litchfield High School, and Emily LeGeyt and Jimmy Schmitz from Northwest Regional High School District #7. Two awards were presented per high school to one male and one female senior athlete at their respective awards ceremonies at the end of the school year.
“Working with the school’s Athletic Directors, it was our way of recognizing athletes that demonstrated exceptional drive and resilience in the face of adversity and personal injury in their respective sports programs, and recovered with determination and success.” said Amanda Hill, CHH Director of the Rehabilitation Services.
Charlotte Hungerford’s Athletic Trainers Sara Carmon (Torrington High School), Robert Snyder (Gilbert School), Anthony Cannavo (Northwest Regional High School District #7), and Josh Bellavance (Litchfield High School) attended their respective school’s awards ceremonies to present the awards earlier this year.
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Sports Medicine and Athletic Training is a comprehensive program allowing local student-athletes to maximize athletic performance while limiting injury risk. As part of its commitment to community health and outreach, the hospital’s program provides a Certified Athletic Trainer at four area high schools -Torrington High School, The Gilbert School, Litchfield High School, and Northwestern Regional School #7.
The Certified Athletic Trainer coverage ranges from injury prevention, evaluation, and treatment to rehabilitation, education, and urgent care. The program’s medical director is Keith E. Penney, MD., a board certified surgeon who is specialty-trained in sports medicine. Dr. Penney provides oversight to the program and is the team physician for participating high schools. The Sports Medicine and Athletic Training program also offers concussion management services, overseeing the implementation of pre and post-concussion computerized neurocognitive testing for participating schools (ImPACT).
“Our Athletic Trainers are part of the front line of defense to assess injuries in our student athletes” said Keith E. Penney, M.D., of The Center For Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and Medical Director of the Program.
With comprehensive follow-up and clearance criteria, the Athletic Trainers seek to ensure the safe return of the student-athlete back to competition. They have integrated Physical Therapy services into the program to speed recovery and minimize time spent off the field and out of the game. There is a direct line of communication between Dr. Penney, the Athletic Trainer, and the Physical Therapists to ensure optimal results for each injury. CHH has state of the art imaging services and multiple urgent and emergence care facilities located throughout the greater Torrington area to care for more serious injuries.
The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109-bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One-Thousand Employees, One Job, Your Health. Visit www.charlottehungertford.org for information.