The DMU American Academy of Sports Medicine (AAPSM) student club started a new activity this year to get members more involved in the Des Moines community and to gain more hands-on experiences in the sports medicine field. For their weekly “Friday Night Football” event, CPMS students attend football games and work with athletic trainers at Des Moines East, Dowling Catholic and West Des Moines Valley high schools. All of the DMU students have had a great time interacting with the trainers and athletes as they’ve helped treat foot and ankle injuries.
“East High School lost in a really close and exciting game. The athletic trainer gave great advice and tips while allowing me to tape an injured ankle,” says Garrett Melick, D.P.M.’17. Other participating CPMS students agree the games have been fascinating to watch, and the opportunity to work with various Des Moines athletic trainers has been invaluable. AAPSM members hope to continue their involvement throughout the basketball and track seasons.