Trainers helps athletes with conditioning, assessment, injuries

Sunday, February 17, 2019

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Athletic Trainer Adeline Kariainen works with a student-athlete in the DCC training room.

Through a partnership between Glendive Medical Center (GMC) and Dawson Community College (DCC), student-athletes at the College now have the opportunity to take advantage of the services of an athletic trainer. Adeline Kariainen, a GMC employee, provides the DCC Athletic Department with injury evaluation, personalized rehabilitation plans, practice and game coverage, ACL prevention care, taping/ bracing services, and much more.

“Collegiate athletes push their bodies’ limits to their physical capability. They are top athletes, who have the highest level of physical performance, and because of this will always be susceptible to injury,” said Ty Dufner, Physical Therapist and Director of Therapy Services at GMC. “This year, prior to Adeline providing athletic training services at DCC, there were two ACL tears. Since her arrival, she has assisted the athletes to reduce this injury to a far less severity, needing only a few weeks for recovery.”

“Hiring Adeline has been a great thing for our athletic department,” said Joe Peterson, DCC Athletic Director. “I’ve heard from several athletes and parents who are pleased with the care she is providing in injury prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation. Right now, we are in the homestretch of our basketball season, and every single one of our players on the men’s and women’s teams are healthy and performing at full strength. That’s a really big deal! The combination of Adeline’s education, training, and experience is a perfect fit for working with athletes at this level.”

Kariainen grew up in the small town of Dollar Bay, Michigan. She attended Gogebic Community College in Ironwood, Michigan where she was a student-athlete, participating in cross country and basketball. After obtaining an Associate of Science in General Science, she moved on to Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and earned Bachelors of Science degrees in Athletic Training and Exercise Science. Recently Kariainen earned a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.

“From growing up in a small town and being a student-athlete at the community college level, I personally know the importance of having a certified athletic trainer available,” Kariainen said. “While I was attending college, I always knew I wanted to give back sports medicine care to a small community.”

There are services Kariainen hopes to provide in addition to injury prevention and evaluation, event coverage, and rehabilitation. “Another goal of mine is to start up an ACL prevention program, which would target increased overall lower body strength, implement proper biomechanics, and improve jumping mechanics.”

Representatives from both GMC and DCC stressed the importance of having a trainer at every level of competition to help prevent injuries and provide treatment. Local high schools interested in utilizing complimentary athletic training services for weekly clinics or event coverage during the remainder of this school year may contact Joe Peterson at 406-941-1496 or jpeterson@dawson.edu.

“Dawson Community College appreciates this partnership with Glendive Medical Center and the support they provide our campus and the community,” said Traci Masau, DCC Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs.

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