Sports Medicine on the Sidelines

by Naomi Haddock

Since opening an office in Nolensville, Bone and Joint Institute of Tennessee has become a deeply rooted part of the community. 

Not only do Jeffrey Kutsikovich, M.D., and Megan Klein, ATC, of Bone and Joint Institute and Williamson Health serve their patients directly through the practice, but they also serve as team physician and athletic trainer, respectively, for Nolensville High School. From attending practices and games, to evaluating and rehabbing athletes, these providers continue to exemplify the orthopedic group’s commitment to giving back. 

Having a team physician at every game not only allows athletes to be evaluated in real time, but it also provides peace of mind for the athletes’ families. This is something Bone and Joint is committed to at all high schools in the Williamson County School system.

“On the sideline, we evaluate and treat the athletes with in-game injuries and assess safety for return,” said Dr. Kutsikovich. “In emergency situations, we are also there to provide immediate advanced support and care. Fortunately, these circumstances are rare.”

For Dr. Kutsikovich, the most rewarding part of the experience is following the athlete’s progress throughout their careers. 

Klein says the time she spends with these athletes many times results in formative relationships on and off the field. “In addition to helping prevent and treat injuries, I am there to be an extra support system for these kids – they feel like they can talk to me about all areas of their lives in a safe space,” she said. 

Athletic trainers like Klein are dedicated to the well-being of the student-athletes and communicate closely with the team physicians to make decisions about patients and provide care in a clinic setting if needed. 

“Watching kids with injuries get back out on the court or field for the first time is the most special part of the job for me,” Megan said. 

This holiday season, we are grateful for the role that these providers play in making Nolensville feel like home.

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