Collins joins Avera Gregory Therapy staff

In line with Avera’s mission to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values, the therapy department at Avera Gregory Hospital has hired Lacey Collins to help provide athletic training services to Gregory High School sports teams as a free service as part of their community outreach.

Collins was hired the end of November and started covering basketball games (Justin Hood covers the wrestling team) the middle of December. In addition, she goes to the school Tuesdays and Thursdays over the lunch hour. Her time there is spent seeing athletes who may have been injured during practice or a game and need basic rehabilitation services. She is qualified to evaluate problems to help determine if the student should see a doctor and can give them direction on what they should do next. Often she does some rehab with them and gives them recommendations on activities to avoid or things they can do on their own to help get stronger or back to playing.

Collins grew up in south central South Dakota, graduating from Winner High School before pursuing a bachelors degree in athletic training and exercise science from Augustana University. She moved to Virginia in 2005 to attend Old Dominion University where she earned her Master of Science in education and athletic training in 2007.

 

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