|Talented 2 Serve at the Final 4|
Most would call it an honor: a once in a life time opportunity. For Dr. Aaron Polzin, a Certified Athletic Trainer, Doctor of Chiropractic, and a Certified Acupuncturist, the question warrants a pause and "yeah, I guess it's a big deal."
Big deal or not, the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center, SLVRMC, is proud to have two of its providers serving the best of the best in this year's NCAA Final Four Women's Basketball Tournament, held for the first time at the Pepsi Center in Denver.
Serving with the Big Dogs
Set to kick-off Friday, March 31st, Dr. Polzin and Jake Mellott, MSPT, ATC will work with the Denver Nuggets' and Colorado Rapid's team providers as well as other collegiate and professional staff to provide sports medicine services to the four teams competing for the national championship and the High School All American Game. Dr. Polzin, who has worked at SLVRMC for four years, and Mellott, who has worked at SLVRMC for six years, will also work closely providers from the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo, which Polzin describes as the clinic that "sets a national standard in orthopedic care."
A History of Excellence in Service
Dr. Polzin has a long history working with professional athletes such as the Denver Nuggets, the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, the NCAA National Indoor Track Tournament, and with several Olympians including a 9-time gold medalist.
Mellott is similarly experienced, having provided sports medicine services during the 2009 NCAA men's tournament. Both Mellott and Dr. Polzin are excited to get back to the women's game, having worked with various women's basketball teams, including the Colorado State University Women's Basketball team, during their undergraduate training. Dr. Polzin explained that "women play the game differently than men, however the injuries are essentially the same."
Serving the Best of the Best
Of specific interest, Dr. Polzin referenced Brittney Griner, a 6'8 junior who plays for the Baylor University Bears. With the Bears seeded first in the Tournament, both Dr. Polzin and Mellott look forward to the opportunity of serving Griner and each of the teams at the final four.
Even with long work days ahead of them, Dr. Polzin and Mellott are excited to be two fish in a big pond, providing sports medicine care at a higher level of competition. "I think this really quantifies the great level of services we provide." says Mellott. "You could put it this way," Dr. Polzin added. "They don't pull from the bottom of the barrel."