Photo 1 (left to right): MHS Athletic Trainer, Justin Clark, treats a cowboy before his competition.
Photo 2 (left to right back row): Justin Clark, Dr. Moffitt, Cory Neal, Dan Clements, Nelson Davis, Dr. Blanton (left to right front row): Anita Hamm, Ms. Moffitt, Dr. Miller, Carolyn LeFevre, and Tara (Dr. Miller’s dog).
Memorial Health System’s Athletic Trainer, Justin Clark, recently returned from his eighth trip to the National High School Rodeo Finals. Justin travels to the rodeo with orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Chris Miller, from the Kansas Orthopedic Center in Wichita, KS. Dr. Miller’s team serves as the medical team for the National High School Rodeo Finals.
Justin and the team spend their time during the nine day trip preventing and treating injuries. They also work with the local EMS providers to provide care for all of the competitors.
“I enjoy the people I work with at the rodeo,” Clark said. “We work out of a 40 foot long goose neck trailer. It’s like a doctor’s office on wheels.”
This year, the rodeo was in Rock Springs, Wyoming. The medical team comes together from Kansas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. They are nurses, doctors, physician assistants, trainers, and chiropractors; a well-rounded team of health care professionals able to treat a variety of injuries.
Justin is no stranger to the Abilene athletes. Just last week, he was caring for cowboys and cowgirls at the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo and this fall he will be on the sidelines at the high school football and volleyball games.
“Justin is great with all athletes,” MHS Rehab and Sports Medicine Director, Jeff Sanborn said. “We are fortunate to have him as a part of our MHS Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Team.”