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As the school year lingers in the near future, fall sports season is upon us once again! Autumn is the busiest time of the year in the world of high school athletics; consequently, Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin (located in Pewaukee) is on standby to assist with any and all athletic-related injuries. On any given week, you can find our providers scattered across Waukesha County on the sidelines taking in the Friday Night Lights and keeping players safe and performing at their best. If exciting Friday night wins turn into bruised or broken sleepy Saturday mornings, come see us at OAW from 9:00 until 12:00 to be triaged, treated, and turned loose once again.

Football has a high-rate of injury and those injuries vary simply by the nature of the sport. Though we see fewer overuse-type injuries with football, we see far more trauma and contact-related injuries. We treat athletes from head to toe including jersey fingers, wrist injuries, shoulder dislocations, clavicle fractures, quad strains, knee sprains, calf pulls, ankle fractures, and turf toes. And that’s just football! Don’t forget about men’s soccer, volleyball, cross-country, women’s golf, and women’s tennis. Oh, and we know all of you winter sports participants are gearing up with conditioning as well. You name the sport and the injury-we have a doctor for you.

Our doctors work with the athletic trainers in the community to help keep our student-athletes safe. Athletic trainers are a vital aspect of a student-athlete’s sports medicine care. They see their athletes on a daily basis and can keep tabs on and treat accordingly the daily aches and pains that come with the demands of any sport. When one of those aches or pains requires further examination, advanced imaging, or surgical intervention, the athletic trainers then refer their athlete over to us. Once our providers have determined a plan of care for the student-athlete, they are sent back to their respective athletic trainer who sees to it that the plan is followed, the rehabilitation is diligent, and the athlete is safely returned to play once more.

A student-athlete’s health is vital to their enjoyment of the friendly competition that youth sports provide. When pain persists, practices and games become work and drudgery rather than a fruitful extra-curricular activity where they can thrive. It takes the vigilance of parents, coaches, athletic trainers, and doctors to ensure that our student athletes are set up to succeed in their sports without the risk of long-term consequences. Communication is key, so communicate with us so we can do our best to make sure fall sports season goes without a hitch! Come see us at Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin in Pewaukee where we serve the Waukesha, Milwaukee, and Chicago area youth athletes!

This blog is written by one of our very own-Morgan. She is a certified athletic trainer working as a medical assistant with our providers each and every day in our clinic. She obtained a bachelor's degree in athletic training from Carroll University in Waukesha and a master's degree in Kinesiology from Michigan State University. She is excited to bring you updates and information about the happenings at OAW.