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Hardee’s Pro Classic competitors receive excellent medical care by veteran athletic trainer

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Hardee’s Pro Classic competitors receive excellent medical care by veteran athletic trainer

Article reposted from  WTVY.com
Author: Kimberly Hyde

USTA Pro Circuit http://www.wtvy.com/content/news/Hardees-Pro-Classic-competitors-receive-excellent-medical-care-by-veteran-athletic-trainer-420119723.html

Athletes, of course, need top medical care.

That’s why the USTA Pro Circuit sends a certified athletic trainer to every tournament they host. And it’s like a revolving door in the training room at Westgate Tennis Center with pro players coming in and out to receive treatments from trainer Sheri Hedlund.

Hedlund has worked for the U.S. Tennis Association since 1998. She’s based in Seattle, Washington and travels to about six to seven tournaments each year. Hedlund carefully tends to a variety of medical needs of Pro Circuit players. She says the majority of her time is spent performing joint mobilizations and would care, as well as, you guessed it, managing shoulder injuries. Hedlund estimates she’ll perform roughly thirty athletic treatments each day during this week’s tournament. It’s her job to help keep players healthy despite their demanding match and travel schedules.

Hedlund says she takes great pride in helping these young athletes stay sharp on their professional tennis journey.

“These ladies are an incredible group of young women to work with,” said Hedlund. “I’m always a better human after I’ve been able to work a tournament because it brings everything back into focus. They work so hard. If I can offer a little bit to help make their journey be a little better that makes it worthwhile to me.”

Interesting to note, besides her twenty years at USTA, Hedlund has also served as a trainer for both the Seattle Storm and the Seattle Sonics.