When did you start working at St. Cloud Orthopedics? What led up to you joining the St. Cloud Orthopedics team?
I started in February of 1984. At that time, there were not many jobs for Athletic Trainers, other than at colleges. SCOA was one of the first to employ trainers in a clinic setting.
What is the most rewarding part of working at St. Cloud Orthopedics?
I enjoy seeing kids make it back to their sports and activities after an injury, especially those really tough injuries.
You have had the opportunity to work with many local sports teams. What has been the best part of working with athletes in the St. Cloud community?
They are so motivated to do well. It’s fun to see them succeed during the season and especially postseason.
How many high school athletic games do you attend per year? Which schools are you involved with?
I usually attend 50-60 games throughout the year. It used to be much higher when we had fewer trainers. We cover mainly the five area schools. I am specifically assigned to Cathedral High School and help back up at other schools if needed. We all have a backup, so Frank Zezoney and I share CHS.
What is the benefit to the athlete and the sports team to have an Orthopedic Physical Trainer on the sideline?
Having an ATC or MD on the sidelines helps with immediate care and sometimes heading off bigger issues. Athletes can immediately get the care they would otherwise not have. Many times, having an ATC or MD available saves that family from needing an ER or urgent care visit. It can really be a real money-saver if a sideline visit is all they need.
What are some frequently asked questions that you get from athletes?
Athletes are always asking how they can get back in the game sooner.
What injuries do you see most often?
There are too many to list! It really depends on the sport.
What postgame recovery tips do you have for athletes?
Rest to recover, ice if it hurts, and be smart about what you choose to do, especially the day after a collision sport. And drink lots of fluids.
Libby has been a Certified Athletic Trainer at our Orthopedic Sports Center since 1984. She is a graduate of St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training and also holds a teaching degree in Physical Education.