Baystate Medical Practices – Valley Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, has added an athletic trainer to its staff, to further enhance the services they can offer their patients. Shayna Stoddard, BS, ATC, EMT of Keene, New Hampshire, joined the staff this spring.
As a certified athletic trainer (ATC), Stoddard is recognized by the American Medical Association as an allied health professional. In her new role, she will be working both in the office and in the community. In the office, Stoddard assists Darius Greenbacher, MD, medical director of the sports medicine program. She evaluates patients before they see Dr. Greenbacher and assists him with exams. She also instructs patients on rehabilitative exercises specific to their injuries. “We also prescribe physical therapy for patients when indicated,” she added.
In the community, Stoddard brings her specialized skills and knowledge to area high schools, both on the sidelines at sports events and in weekly in-school sports medicine clinic sessions, where she is involved in prevention and care of sports injuries. She is also involved in community outreach and education, to bring the public the latest information in the field of sports medicine.
“We are excited to have Shayna on our staff,” said Dr. Greenbacher. “She brings the new element of athletic training to our Sports Medicine Program. She has a great attitude and is full of energy. Her knowledge of sports injuries will give our community one more top-notch resource. We are thrilled to have her abroad!”
A graduate of Keene State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training, Stoddard was head athletic trainer at Concord High School before coming to Baystate Franklin Medical Center. While at Concord High School she worked with both male and female athletes in a wide variety of team sports, including football, ice hockey, wrestling, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse. “Having that experience with so many different sports, I have become familiar with the types of injuries typical of each of those sports, and have learned techniques to deal with both prevention and treatment of those injuries,” Stoddard noted. Her experience as an EMT has also given her a strong background in first aid, emergency response, and generally working in stressful situations.
For more information on the sports medicine program or the services of an athletic trainer, contact Baystate Medical Practices – Valley Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, contact the office at 413-773-2220.