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Memorial Hospital Supports Ski Helmet Safety for Local Children

Memorial Hospital once again has ensured that every child in its community that wants a ski helmet, gets one, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. It’s all part of a helmet safety initiative to ensure that local school children have appropriate helmets for their participation in elementary ski programs including the Eastern Slope Ski Club’s (ESSC) Junior Ski Program in the Conway School District and, new this year, the Fryeburg Junior Ski Program.

Memorial Hospital Foundation created the Roger C. Clapp Memorial Ski Helmet Fund to help put “a lid on every kid.” Clapp, who passed away in 2013, was a hospital trustee for many years and a passionate lifelong skier. Family and friends make memorial donations to the fund and continue to encourage contributions to it. Special thanks this year go to former hospital trustee Phil Davies, who served alongside Roger Clapp for many years and this year made a generous gift to ensure that the program continue again this year. Additional contributors to the program include many employees who give through a special employee giving program.

The National Ski Areas Association reports on their website that while skiing or boarding responsibly is the first priority for safety, helmets are an important second line of defense. The group reports that wearing helmets can decrease the risk of head injury by 10 to 50 percent. It can also mean the difference between a major head injury and a minor head injury, or between a minor head injury and no injury at all.

Conway Elementary School students Mattie Macomber, Cami Newton and Jillian Howland pose at Cranmore Mountain with Jessica Stewart, Athletic Trainer at Orthopedics at Memorial Hospital. The students are wearing helmets received through the Roger C. Clapp Ski Helmet Program.

“Memorial Hospital provides many healthcare services to help injured skiers and snowboarders, from fixing broken bones to physical therapy, athletic training and concussion care, but our preference is to help skiers and riders to prevent injuries in the first place,” said Jessica Stewart, Athletic Trainer at Orthopedics at Memorial Hospital. “We are lucky that we have the Roger C. Clapp Helmet program to help local children prevent head injuries.”

Many families face difficult financial situations at home which can make it hard for them to find the funds for equipment. As families may struggle to pay for basic necessities, things like skiing equipment may not be a part of their budget. That’s what makes this program so important for students who may not be able to afford it on their own.

This year, over 200 helmets were distributed to students in December, prior to the start of the youth ski program season. To qualify for a free helmet, students must be enrolled in the school’s free/reduced rate meals program while others have the opportunity to purchase helmets at a significant discount.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Roger Ski Clapp Helmet Fund may find more information at www.memorialhospitalnh.org/ways-to-give/make-a-donation or call 603-356-5461, x2269.

Local Sports Medicine Orthopedist Selected as US Ski Team Physician

Local Sports Medicine Orthopedist Selected as US Ski Team Physician

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Dr. James Glazer to work with elite athletes at pre-Olympics training camp

NORTH CONWAY, NH — The countdown is on to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia, scheduled for Feb. 7 through 23. Broadcasts of the international events are expected to draw more than 130 million viewers from around the world. In the week leading up to the Olympics, and for few days after they begin, Memorial Hospital sports medicine specialist Dr. James Glazer will be with the US Ski Team at their final training camp in Austria.

Dr. Glazer is one of about 15 orthopedists from around the country who regularly cover the US Ski Team’s highest-level events and will be the only physician on site for the pre-Olympic training camp. These private training sessions are held at an off-venue site to allow athletes to train right up until their events and then to fly into the village just before they compete.

“It’s a great honor to be chosen,” Dr. Glazer said. “Like all of my colleagues in the medical pool, I am proud to volunteer my time to keep our athletes safe. It’s really inspiring to see the effort, skills and integrity of these young athletes as they represent our country.”

Among those training at the camp will be World Champion and four-time FIS Alpine World Cup giant slalom champion Ted Ligety, the world’s most dominant technical skier. Ligety posted a record setting winter that included a historic three gold medals at the 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, six World Cup wins for a fourth giant slalom title, and his best ever finish in the overall World Cup standings with third.

Dr. Glazer talked about the role that he plays as a physician for the US Ski team. “I’m responsible for each athlete’s health and safety, both on the course and off. This could involve anything from making recommendations on nutrition and hydration to stabilizing them and providing emergency care after an accident on the slopes.” Physicians occasionally assist local personnel to conduct a helicopter evacuation of an injured athlete and then help interface with local hospitals for emergency care.

“My medical emergency pack is with me at all times on course,” he said. “It contains splints and braces as well as a full trauma setup. All of the team’s physicians must be skilled skiers so that we can quickly reach an athlete anywhere on an icy World Cup course with our supplies.”

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is the national governing body of Olympic skiing and snowboarding. It is the parent organization of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing. The USSA’s athletes get no government funding and Dr. Glazer encourages people to support the team by going online to http://ussa.org/believeinus.

Locally, Dr. Glazer and Memorial Hospital are creating staff education programs for ski coaches and ski patrol professionals and volunteers in partnership with local ski areas. Workshops on injury prevention, concussion treatment and related topics are being developed.

As part of the Orthopedics practice at Memorial Hospital, Dr. Glazer offers specialized non-surgical evaluation and treatment of the types of injuries that can plague runners, skiers and other athletes. Board certified in Family Medicine in 2002 and Sports Medicine in 2004, he is one of the youngest Fellows elected to the American College of Sports Medicine in 2006.

Dr. Glazer also has an extensive background in teaching and medical scholarship, authoring nearly 100 journal articles and a book. He speaks nationally and internationally about a number of sports medicine topics, and has been interviewed byReal Sports, USA TodayRunner’s World, and a number of other publications.

For more information or to make and appointment to see Dr. Glazer, call 603-356-4949 Ext 2637. Visit www.MemorialHospitalNH.org to learn more about all of the services available at Memorial Hospital.

PHOTO CAPTION: Memorial Hospital orthopedist and sports medicine specialist James Glazer, MD, FACSM, has been chosen to serve as the US Ski Team physician at their final pre-Olympics training camp next year in Austria.