summer mentoring

First Virtual Summer Mentoring Camp for Team To Win was a BIG success

Los Angeles. Due to the ongoing pandemic The West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation—Team To Win held its first virtual Summer Mentoring camp in August. The camp was a huge success with over 150 registrants. The fist virtual summer mentoring camp provided an opportunity for students to engage with ATC’s in the high school, college, and professional sectors of athletics. Lecture topics included: Basic Anatomy, Understanding Vital Signs “Preventing Shock”, First-Aid Care, Joint Actions & Range of Motion, Concussions, and various athletic taping workshops. Said one camper, “This was the first sports medicine camp/workshop I’ve ever participated in and it was worth it since I plan on becoming an athletic trainer myself.”

One of the special guest speakers this year was Los Angeles Sparks head athletic trainer Dr. Courtney Watson. In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times Watson – who has been with the Sparks for twelve years now – explained how an internship at the West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation led her to the field of sports medicine. “This is just what I am meant to do”, says Watson.

The summer mentoring program is the academic jewel of the WCSMF-Team to Win program. Since inception in 1996 this program lead by Keith Feder, M.D., Carol Frey, M.D. and Jill Sleight, ATC, the program has graduated over 5000 students. Each year, students with an interest in sports medicine participate in the free educational workshops for students who want to pursue careers in sports medicine and athletic training.

Foundation Director Jill Sleight says, “The Team To Win mentoring program allows high school students the opportunity to explore the field of sports medicine. It’s a wonderful way of helping these students gain access into this field.” – The Foundation’s goal is to provide guidance for students in the field of sports medicine and provide resources to assist students to find their professional career. Says Founder Dr. Keith Feder: “What better way than our mentoring camp to offer children the opportunity to explore a possible future in medicine.” – Every year since inception the program has been free to high school students.

The West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation is a non-profit, 501(C) 3 charitable organization, and was founded in 1994 in Los Angeles, California to provide AT RISK high school students with the opportunity to participate in interscholastic sports, reduce, mitigate and provide treatment for musculoskeletal, spinal and brain related injuries through proper, recognition of the type of injuries, the severity of injuries and proactive athletic training, promote fitness, reduce the prevalence of obesity. The program operates at no cost to schools and student athletes that participate in the Team to Win program.

Pls contact the WCSMF at 310-726-0750 or with questions.

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