Gold Medal Care: Adirondack Health trainer accompanies USA Luge to Europe
SARANAC LAKE – Dino Angelopoulos, a certified athletic trainer at Adirondack Health, is on the World Cup circuit providing injury management and rehabilitation treatments to the USA Luge National Team.
The team, which competed in their first World Cup event in Igls, Austria in November, included Chris Mazdzer, Erin Hamlin, Summer Britcher, Emily Sweeney, Aidan Kelly, Tucker West, Matt Mortensen, Jayson Terdiman and Julia Clukey.
“We pride ourselves in providing exceptional care every day to everyone at Adirondack Health," said Dino. “To take techniques and skills I use daily and directly apply them to help our elite athletes stay at the top of their game at the World Cup-level is an incredible experience for me. It's also a unique professional experience, and I will bring what I’ve learned back to Adirondack Health where our patients will benefit. It's a win-win situation all around, and I’m very grateful to the USOC, USA Luge and Adirondack Health for this opportunity to work with Luge athletes."
Adirondack Health and Lake Placid Sports Medicine are part of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s National Medical Network, an affiliation of national and regional medical centers that provide care to elite U.S. athletes. Through the network athletes receive orthopedic care, primary medical and dental care, and more. Adirondack Health is the only full service health system in the Adirondack Park, and Lake Placid Sports Medicine provides a full range of orthopedic surgical services.
Dino and other members of Adirondack Health’s Department of Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine have treated elite athletes from around the world involved in luge, skeleton, bobsledding, free-style skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined and figure skating.
“Adirondack Health is always willing to assist athletes at all levels to help manage their injuries so they can remain active in events,” said Rick Preston, Director of Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine at Adirondack Health. “This venture is a bit different for us in that our trainer had the chance to travel with the athletes instead of the athletes coming to us, and it offered Dino the opportunity to step onto the international World Cup stage and experience the full scope of providing sports medicine in such a setting.”
Dino’s next task will be to travel with the team to Norway and then Latvia for the upcoming World Cup Championships.
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CAPTION – Members of the USA Luge National Team in Igls, Austria during a recent World Cup competition. Left to right: Coach Bill Tavares, Aidan Kelly, Emily Sweeney, Julia Clukey, Certified Athletic Trainer Dino Angelopoulos, Tucker West, Erin Hamlin, Summer Britcher, Coach Miro Zayonc.
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