IRON MOUNTAIN - Dickinson County Healthcare System, with grant support from the Dickinson Area Community Foundation, is helping the keep kids healthy this football season.
The grant helped DCHS Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Team purchase instant cold packs for each of the 20 teams in all nine local areas. Coaches use the cold packs during games and practices to treat player injuries reducing swelling and controlling pain.
"This was a great partnership opportunity," said DCHS Rehabilitation Services manager Tim McGuire. "The grant from the Foundation helped us put a valuable treatment option in the hands of the coaches.
Central U.P. Youth Football League area representatives received cold packs from the DCHS Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Team. Pictured, front row, from left: Angie Williams, West Iron County; Tami Miller, Norway; Tim McGuire (DCHS Rehabilitation Services manager), Sandi Lefebvre, Iron Mountain, and Steve Zimmerman, Escanaba. Back row: Jeff Harry, Kingsford; Deryck Korhonen, Bark River; Rick Baldwin, North Central; Doug Showers, Crystal Falls, and Mat Gummin, Florence.
"Applying ice immediately after an injury reduces swelling which in turn reduces pain and further injury to the players joint or muscle. The Dickinson Sports Medicine Team can further work with athletes providing prevention or injury treatment to keep athletes safe and get them back to the game they love quickly. We appreciate the Foundation's support and the ability to serve area youth football."