UT provides sports medicine services for Lake Erie Monarchs

July 5, 2012 | News, UToday
By Aaron Horn

The University of Toledo Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Program has teamed up with the Lake Erie Monarchs to provide the baseball team’s sports medicine needs.

The Monarchs are a summer team in Toledo that hosts college baseball players from across the country. The team plays an eight-week season in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League.

UT provides athletic trainers and first responders to cover the games, presents avenues for physicians to deliver primary and orthopedic care for the players, and gives physical/occupational therapy referrals, as well as offers the organization access to the 24-hour sports medicine hotline.

“We are excited for this opportunity,” said Dr. Burt Rogers, the sports medicine administrative director to The University of Toledo Medical Center. “This defines the capability for UTMC to step up and answer the call at the eleventh hour.”

The Monarchs contacted Brian Jones, assistant athletic director for sports medicine, and he referred the message to Rogers.

This new relationship with the Lake Erie Monarchs has opened up doors for internships, including an opportunity for Keeley Glonek, who is the point person at 14 of the 19 games and will work under the supervision of Rogers.

“I really feel that I will gain experience. The Monarchs have sent multiple players to the MLB, and working for them will be a highlight on my resumé,” said Glonek, who is a Bowling Green State University senior majoring in athletic training and a UTMC Division of Sports Medicine intern.

There will be four Rocket baseball players on the Monarchs roster: Infielder Matt Delewski, pitcher Alec Schmenk, pitcher Cody Umbright and pitcher Andrew Marra will use this summer with the team to hone their skills before the 2013 season at UT.

The Lake Erie Monarchs have worked with UT graduates in the past, and the new relationship shows they value connections to the University, Rogers said.

“Our goal is to provide services to the Monarchs for as long as they are in Toledo,” Rogers said. “Our service package and quality are so high I am sure this will be a long-term relationship.”

For more information about the Lake Erie Monarchs, visit lakeeriemonarchs.com.

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