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Insights from DU Athletic Trainer

This blog was originally posted on darfurunited.com by Alex Nuttall-Smith. 

During the training camp here in Ostersund, Sweden, as in many football training camps around the world, one objective is to provide the highest standard of medical care. 

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Each player comes to see me–between on-field, snowy training sessions and team meals–in “the hospital” (as players call my room) for a medical screening physical. This screening includes an in-depth medical history, musculoskeletal exam, injury/illness screening, vision screening, blood pressure and heart rate checks, and an emotional health questionnaire. Based on these findings, I will recommend follow-up treatments, physician consultations, stress management tools, and stretching and strengthening programs. Today, the team was educated and performed injury prevention exercises. They are also stretching daily and following hydration guidelines. 

My days are busy but I am looking into the future to help the players get their bodies ready to play the qualifying matches for the CONIFA 2018 tournament. As with many soccer teams, they have many laughs and fun together (jokes, shared selfies, and