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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.