Alyeska Ski Resort To Offer Injury Prevention Clinics Hosted By New Resort Sponsor, Orthopedic Physicians Anchorage
December 16, 2010 (Girdwood, Alaska) – Alyeska Resort is proud to announce that Orthopedic Physicians Anchorage is now supporting the resort as a new Black Diamond level sponsor.
This is the first relationship of its kind in Alaska and now, like other world-class ski resorts around the country, Alyeska will have a high quality health care organization supporting its operation with injury prevention services and specialized medical services for guests and ski patrol personnel.
Orthopedic Physicians Anchorage (OPA) is one of the largest and most respected orthopedic surgery groups in Alaska. The group will host free athletic readiness assessments and injury prevention sessions for resort guests throughout the season.
“Safety is our top priority on the mountain,” says Di Hiibner, Alyeska Ski Area General Manager. “By offering on-hill injury prevention sessions in addition to our programming through the Mountain Learning Center, we are focused on providing a better experience for our guests and hopefully a life-long commitment to winter outdoor activities.”
The free, 20-minute sessions, will focus primarily on knee injury prevention with an ACL awareness program led by OPA’s head athletic trainer, Lynne Young, M.Ed., ATC.
“We have some great sessions planned that are really going to help skiers be safe on the slope,” says Young. “They’ll also help folks ski better, too!”
For young skiers or other guests who might be recovering from an old injury, Young will also plans to offer individual evaluations to determine if they’re physically ready to hit the slopes again. For dates and times of injury prevention and athletic readiness assessment sessions, visit www.AlyeskaResort.com.
Snowboarding Tops List of Winter Sports Injuries
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons reports that according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, snowboarding was the leading cause of winter sports injuries in 2007. The sport of snowboarding sent 149,388 people to hospital emergency rooms, doctors’ offices, clinics and other medical settings across the U.S. Skiing came in second with 131,454 injuries. Other sports and activities on the list included ice skating with 58,380 injuries, ice hockey with 47,594, sledding and tobogganing with 107,890 and snowmobiling with 34,699.
The Academy, along with OPA and Alyeska Resort, encourages skiers and snowboarders to warm up and stretch, take frequent breaks to prevent dehydration and overheating, wear appropriate protective gear and dress in layers for the elements. It is also highly recommend that skiers and riders go out onto the slopes with a buddy so you’re never alone, as well as abide by all rules and boundaries of the ski area. And if a fall is inevitable, try to fall on your side or back side and roll over naturally.
Supporting Alyeska Ski Patrol
A big part of OPA’s role at Alyeska includes supporting the Alyeska Ski Patrol. OPA surgeons and athletic trainers helped with training of patrol staff in November. Both professional and volunteer Alyeska Ski Patrollers now have priority, 24-hour phone access to OPA’s orthopedic physicians.
In addition, injured guests will be given priority access to OPA’s “Prompt Access” injury walk-in clinic in Anchorage, open seven days a week, including holidays. The clinic offers patients timely, cost effective diagnostic & treatment of non-emergent musculoskeletal injuries. Injury walk-in hours are Monday - Friday, 12:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M., Saturday and Sunday, 12:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
“Feedback from our guests has been very positive,” says Ben Habecker, Alyeska Resort Director of Ski Patrol. “The flexibility of their Prompt Access clinic, especially with weekend and holiday service is a huge benefit.”About Alyeska Resort (www.alyeskaresort.com)
Alyeska Resort is Alaska's premier year-round destination featuring The Hotel Alyeska, an award-winning 304 room full-service property. Located just 40 miles from Anchorage and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Alyeska Resort is your base camp for summer and winter excursions. The resort is within close proximity of three national parks and the Kenai Peninsula, and is home to the northernmost temperate rainforest, part of the Chugach Mountains. Alyeska Resort stands out in ski season with 650” of average snowfall annually and the longest continuous double black diamond ski run in North America. Learn more about the resort and plan your Alaskan adventure at www.alyeskaresort.com or 800.880.3880.
About Orthopedic Physicians Anchorage (www.opanchorage.com)
OPA is an Anchorage based orthopedic physician group dedicated to delivering world-class orthopedic care to patients in Alaska. The OPA team includes eight board-certified orthopedic surgeons, including fellowship-trained surgeons in all key orthopedic subspecialties, along with several orthopedic physician assistants and a certified athletic trainer, including:
R.J. Hall, M.D. John Love, PA-C
James Eule, M.D. Colin Hickenlooper, PA-C
Eugene Chang, M.D. D. Cal Heald, PA-C
William Mills, M.D. Sharon Sturley, PA-C
Chris Manion, M.D. Rick Farrell, PA-C
Marc Kornmesser, M.D. Andrew Fulp, PA-C
Mark Flanum, M.D. Dana Murphy, PA-C
Ed Voke, M.D. Doug Block, PA-C
Lynne Young, M.Ed., ATC Paul Stoufflet, M.S., ATC
The OPA office, along with the group’s “Prompt Access” extended hours orthopedic injury walk-in clinic, is located at 3801 Lake Otis Parkway, Suite 300, Anchorage Alaska. Surgery privileges are established at Providence Alaska Medical Center, Alaska Regional Medical Center, Alaska Surgery Center and Alaska Spine Institute Surgery Center.