Citizens Memorial Hospital | Vitality | Spring 2023 9 Athletic trainers support high school student-athletes CMH Sports Medicine Center partners with area school districts to provide the medical services of an athletic trainer for the schools’ athletics programs. The athletic trainers work under the direction of CMH’s sports medicine physicians. Athletic trainers provide primary and emergency care during athletic events. Other services they provide include: » Assistance with injury and illness prevention. » Injury care recommendations. » Collaboration with other health care professionals. » Concussion management. » Physical rehabilitation. » Helping student-athletes return safely to sports after an injury. CMH athletic trainers currently work with student-athletes in seven area school districts: Bolivar, El Dorado Springs, Osceola, Stockton, Marion C. Early Schools in Morrisville, Pleasant Hope and Dallas County Schools in Buffalo. CMH started the service in 1998. Meet the docs Sports medicine physicians S. Craig Morris, M.D., and Juris Simanis, M.D., FAAFP, CAQSM, RMSK, provide world-class care for area athletes and active adults. Dr. Morris is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist. He’s worked with elite athletes of professional sports teams, including the Los Angeles Rams, Angels, Dodgers and Galaxy and the Anaheim Ducks, as well as community college and high school athletes. He is now providing the same level of care to local high school and college student-athletes and active adults. In addition to sports medicine, Dr. Morris’ specialties include reconstruction surgery for ACL, PCL, MCL and PLC; arthroscopy for shoulder, hip, knee, elbow and ankle; total joint replacement for hip, knee and shoulder; shoulder instability repair; rotator cuff repair; foot and ankle surgery; hand and wrist surgery; fracture care; carpal tunnel repair; nerve decompression; trigger finger release; tennis elbow repair; Achilles repair and more. Dr. Simanis is a board certified physician with extended fellowship training in sports medicine and musculoskeletal ultrasound. He has more than a decade of experience using the latest, most advanced treatments and protocols for his patients in the treatment of concussion and physical injuries. In addition to sports medicine, he treats work-related and overuse injuries; plantar fasciitis; joint, muscle, tendon and ligament injuries; and more. Both physicians work closely with athletic trainers to provide holistic care to the area’s student-athletes. FOR MORE INFORMATION or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Morris or Dr. Simanis, call 417-777-2663. With the confirmation of a broken ankle, Dr. Morris scheduled William for surgery a week and a half later, giving time for the swelling to go down before operating. William’s total recovery time for returning to sports after the surgery was four to six weeks—just in time for basketball season. “I really like Dr. Morris,” Pleasants says. “As soon as Will’s surgery was over, he came into the room and explained to me what he did, how he felt that the one part of his ankle would be OK and it started healing on its own. The other part, he had to put the plate and pins in. From the time we got here to the time we left, the entire staff was very nice and very supportive.” Between William and a younger son, Pleasants says she expects more sports injuries in the future. “I really appreciate Dr. Morris and everything he’s done for us,” she says. “He’s a great person, and he really cares about his patients. I would recommend the facility in general. From start to finish, everybody’s been extremely amazing and great. In the future, if we need a hospital provider, we will be back to CMH.” S. Craig Morris, M.D. Juris Simanis, M.D. CMH sports medicine physicians and athletic trainers