(Torrington, CT) Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s (CHH) Sports Medicine and Athletic Training is excited to announce the addition of a new Athletic Trainer, Tim Calder, to its comprehensive, school-based network that helps local student-athletes to maximize athletic performance while limiting injury risk.
Calder, who has called northwest Connecticut home for his entire life is a graduate of Springfield College. Since then, he has worked at several physical therapy clinics throughout the state, provided athletic training services at area schools and operated a fitness center in New Hartford.
Currently, Calder is the Athletic Trainer at Litchfield High School and also works in the CHH Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Department. Calder has noted the exceptional community at Litchfield High School and at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, where he sees himself as an important and necessary member of each team to keep student-athletes safe. As a father of two, Calder understands how much students enjoy participating in athletics and can also appreciate his role in keeping them healthy and active.
Calder says, “Working at CHH Sports Medicine and Athletic Training and at Litchfield High School will be a great way for me to connect to the community. I am excited for this new challenge and position, which will allow me to use all of my skills and knowledge that I have attained throughout my years working in healthcare.”
In addition to Tim Calder, CHH Sports Medicine and Athletic Training has additional Athletic Trainers who serve at three other area high schools, including Sara Brewer at Torrington High School, Anthony Cannavo at Northwestern Regional High School #7, and Robert Snyder at the Gilbert School in Winsted.
“We are pleased to add Tim to our staff of highly-skilled Athletic Trainers, allowing CHH to reach out to student-athletes in high schools throughout northwest Connecticut to limit injuries while encouraging athletic involvement and performance.” said Amanda Hill, CHH Director of the Rehabilitation Services.
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.