In 2010, Children’s Hospital Colorado and Adams 12 Five Star Schools formed a partnership to preserve the health and wellness of the district’s high school athletes. As a result, Sports Medicine Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado now staffs each high school’s training room with a certified athletic trainer who provides coverage of all athletic practices and home varsity events. In addition, Children’s Hospital Colorado also provides a physician at all home varsity football games, wrestling weight certifications, and various tournaments. Physicians also visit high schools weekly for as needed consultations.
Certified Athletic Trainers Provide the Following Services:
- Daily medical coverage, injury evaluations/management for all Five Star Schools athletes
- Concussion management
- Liaisons to assigned team physicians for each school
- Free injury assessments and recommendations for follow–up care
- Fast track emergency room care
- First aid & implementation of emergency protocols at each high school
- Education and instruction for student athletes, coaches and parents
- Student education in sports medicine career paths
- Medical coverage available for summer camps upon request
The Sports Medicine Center is housed within Children’s Hospital Colorado's Orthopedics Institute, recognized as one of the top 10 pediatric orthopedic programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Its team includes several sports medicine specialists who are specially trained and qualified to care for young competitive athletes, as well as pediatric rehabilitation medicine, physical therapy, orthopedic and orthopedic surgery specialists. Through the Sports Medicine Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado, children and teens also gain direct access to all of the pediatric experts and resources available through Children’s Colorado, including its Concussion Program.
Our relationship with the Children's Hospital keeps student athletes in the Five Star District healthy to play the sports they love.
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SERENA IRMIERE, LAT, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer, Horizon High School
Athletic Training Room: 720-972-4507
Team Physician, Horizon High School
ISABELA COLLINS, LAT, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer, Legacy High School
Athletic Training Room: 720-972-6801
GREGORY WALKER, MD
Team Physician, Legacy High School
Interim Medical Director, Adams 12 School District
TYLER GALLEGOS, LAT, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer, Mountain Range High School
Athletic Training Room: 720-972-6431
JAY ALBRIGHT, MD
Team Physician, Mountain Range High School
Surgical Director, Sports Medicine Center
COREY ANDREWS, MED, LAT, ATC, PES
Head Athletic Trainer, Northglenn High School
Athletic Training Room: 720-972-4649
AUBREY ARMENTO, MD
Team Physician, Northglenn High School
LEMAR HICKS, LAT, ATC
Head Athletic Trainer, Thornton High School
Athletic Training Room: 720-972-2804
NATHAN HOWELL, MD
Team Physician, Thornton High School
CAYCE MARLATT, MS, LAT, ATC
Athletic Trainer, Adams 12 School District
PAUL DEQUILLFELDT, LAT, ATC
Athletic Trainer, Adams 12 School District
Jenny Van Meter, LAT, ATC
Secondary School Associate Clinical Manager
Sports Medicine Center Manager
About the Sports Medicine Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado
Our Sports Medicine Center leads the region in state-of-the-art treatment for developing athletes. From maximizing diet to changing the game in concussion research, our team of physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists, dietitians and specialists delivers a
comprehensive care experience geared exclusively to growing bodies. And it’s all backed by one of the top pediatric hospitals in the U.S.
Sports Medicine Center Locations
Same-day appointments are offered five days a week in locations throughout metro Denver.
Scan the QR code to find a location near you.
- Contact an athletic trainer (ATC) immediately and monitor the athlete’s signs and symptoms. (If ATC is available, the ATC will perform a concussion evaluation. If ATC is not available, the coach will continue to monitor symptoms and use their best judgment for immediate referral needs.)
- Notify athlete’s parents to report the suspected concussion ASAP. (The ATC will also call parents)
- The ATC will review the red flags and return to play protocol requirements with parents, and recommend they schedule an appointment with their physician or make an appointment with the Children's Hospital concussion program or appropriate medical facility.
- Once an evaluation has taken place, the coach is to inform the building Athletic Director of the incident as soon as possible.
- The ATC will email the school nurse within 24 hours of the concussion evaluation.
- The ATC and the Athletic Director will communicate academic relief to the teachers of the student.
- The athlete will be cleared to return to sports and full academic activity only when cleared by physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant. A note must be obtained indicating medical clearance. The ATC will notify the school nurse when athlete has gained medical clearance. The ATC, along with the physician assigned to the school, will provide final clearance of the athlete to return to activity/sport assuring the return to play protocol has been followed.
Introducing Amanda Turner, MS, RDN, CSSD, Sports Dietitian
Amanda is a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics and Registered Dietitian. She attended the University of Kansas Medical Center to complete her dietetic internship and Master of Science in dietetics and nutrition. Amanda has worked with well-known names such as The Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge; Dixie State University; Curves International; the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center; and Active Fueling LLC.
Sports dietitians help athletes ensure they are getting the right amount of total energy, protein, carbohydrate, fat, fluid and micronutrients to be healthy, reduce injury risk, and play their best. Athletes may see a sports dietitian for stress fracture, anemia, low bone mineral density, weight gain/loss, inappropriate growth patterns, inadequate food intake, amenorrhea, (loss of menstrual cycle), inappropriate injury healing, or performance-based nutrition.
Locations of clinic:
- Health Pavilion - Monday and Tuesday afternoons
- South Campus - Thursdays (1st, 3rd and 5th weeks)
- North Campus - Thursdays (2nd and 4th weeks)
To schedule call: 720-777-3101
Questions email: SportsNutrition@childrenscolorado.org