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UVA School of Medicine Residents Hit the High School Sidelines

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Residents from the University of Virginia's School of Medicine are playing a major part in keeping high school athletes safe on the football field.   

In a sport as hard hitting and as fast paced as football, that one tackle or wrong move could mean the end of the season or worse for injured players, but that's where the sports medicine doctors come in.

For the last seven years, residents with UVA Orthopaedics have volunteered their time to ensure student athletes have the best chance at staying healthy year round.

Dr. Marc Haro with UVA Orthopaedics, said, "On field injuries, concussion management, concussion recognition are all pretty important parts of what we do. As well as help facilitating the high school athletes who do get injured, provide medical coverage either back at UVA or their local physicians."

Anything from knee and ACL injuries to a sprained ankle can keep the residents busy, but it is the attention they give to recognizing head injuries that has been a big help on the sidelines.

Dr. Joe Hart a professor of kinesiology and orthopaedic surgery said, "Recognition of concussions has changed over the years, so certainly the number of diagnosed concussions may have gone up because of the sensitivity of tests that are used and the guidelines that are used to diagnose concussions, simple things like the presence of a headache."

Haro added, "There are some situations in some states where they don't have adequate medical coverage and I think just having residents available that are able to work and are trained to do this is a great benefit to the community."

The residents cover nine high schools. On Friday night they worked at the Fork Union and Woodberry Forest game.

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