New Sports Medicine Pavilion at Reddan Soccer Park
Madison, Wisconsin - UW Health Sports Medicine athletic trainers have long been a part of games and tournaments at Reddan Soccer Park in Verona. Usually, you'll see them evaluating and tending to injuries on the sidelines, picnic tables or on a golf cart or four-wheeler.
That will soon change.
The UW Health Sports Medicine Pavilion will open at the 60-acre soccer complex later this month, and the 1,000-square-foot facility will help athletic trainers provide even better patient-focused care to players who are injured while participating in sports at the complex operated by the Madison Area Youth Soccer Association.
"I think it's nice to have an indoor facility where you can be away from the masses to evaluate injuries in a controlled situation," said Dr. David Bernhardt, a UW Health pediatric sports medicine specialist. "I really think it will add to the experience both for athletic trainers in terms of making the care that they provide more beneficial, and it's going to add to the experience for the athletes."
"Instead of having to evaluate somebody on a picnic table or on the back of a cart, you are going to have a nice facility with a controlled environment -- it's not freezing cold, it's not super hot. You're going to be able to talk to the kids and the family in a quiet environment. You'll have all your supplies you need in the one area instead of trying to fish them out of a medical bag."
Bernhardt is quite familiar with the current setup at Reddan, as he's spent many hours at the facility over the years watching his three sons play.
"I think parents will really appreciate it," he said. "As a physician, when I've been out there previously, you do have people stopping by to look. I don't think you're going to have that when you can get them into the privacy of an athletic training room. You're still going to do your initial evaluation on the field, but then you'll be able to bring them back to a better environment. You'll be able to provide better first aid and athletic training care and evaluation."
The front windows of the UW Health Sports Medicine Pavilion overlook the adjacent Irwin A. & Robert D. Goodman Pitch, a new 99,000-square-foot FieldTurf soccer field that recently opened for play.
"I really think this is a big step from where we've been," Bernhardt said, referring to both additions to the 16-year-old park that is the area’s largest soccer facility.
Reddan plays host to more than 700 practices, 1,200 league matches and 8 major soccer tournaments each year, and is the home of the Verona High School and Madison Edgewood High School boys and girls teams. Beyond soccer, the facility also has hosted the USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships and the USA Ultimate Frisbee Division I College Championships in recent years.
Athletic trainers will staff the UW Health Sports Medicine Pavilion during games, tournaments, and other times from Spring through Fall. Reddan Park is not used regularly during the winter months.
Date Published: 09/13/2013