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Novant Health to provide sports medicine care to Salem College and Salem Academy student-athletes

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Novant Health has partnered with Salem College to provide advanced sports medicine care to the college’s student-athletes. The partnership began with the 2018-2019 academic year.

With this new program, Salem College and neighboring Salem Academy will now have a full-time athletic trainer, Ariel Zaleski, on campus. Dr. Chris Christakos, a sports medicine specialist with Novant Health Salem Family Medicine, and Dr. Mark Schweppe, an orthopedic surgeon with Novant Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, will serve as the school’s team physicians. Bob Casmus, a certified athletic trainer and supervisor of Novant Health’s athletic trainers for the Greater Winston-Salem market, will serve as a sports medicine consultant.

“In addition to providing quality sports medicine and healthcare services, our Novant Health team will also work with Salem College Athletics to update emergency action plans, institute hot- and cold-weather protocols, and implement enhanced concussion testing protocols that adhere to NCAA best practices,” Casmus said. “These additions will provide new ideas and technologies to better serve Salem’s student-athletes, ensuring they have the best treatments available to get back in the game quickly and safely.”

Trish Hughes, director of athletics for Salem College, said the partnership will provide a higher standard of care for Salem College student-athletes going forward.

“We are very fortunate to have these healthcare and performance leaders in our backyard,” Hughes said. “Not only will our students receive high-quality sports medicine care, but the changes we are implementing will also push these women to reach their full potential as athletes.”

For more information about sports medicine services visit NovantHealth.org/sportsmedicine

Posted on Tuesday, October 9, 2018