By Maureen Talarico
Essentia Health is now providing orthopedics and sports medicine care for student athletes at Deer River High School, 101 First Ave. NE, with the addition of Essentia Certified Athletic Trainer Matt Borowski.
Athletic trainers spend time with student athletes before practices and games to prevent injuries and assess care plans. They serve on the sidelines during practices and games to treat injuries and they also work with students who get injured on recovery plans to get back in the game when they are ready.
“I always wanted to do something health-science related. I was in a nursing program and realized it wasn’t quite what I wanted to do,” says Borowski. “With athletic training you get a little bit of everything—orthopedic exams, where I can diagnose injuries, physical rehabilitation, and nursing, taking care of wounds and administering basic first aid.”
Borowski has been an athletic trainer for five years. Previously, he worked in the Fergus Falls area, where he grew up. The Activities Director/Dean of Students at Deer River High School, Brent Schimek, is looking forward to the progress athletes will make with Borowski as their athletic trainer.
“Having someone on staff in a permanent position to teach our student-athletes personally and help them, not only with their injury needs that may arise, but also with nutritional and mental health leads them to being better student athletes,” Schimek says.
Essentia’s team of athletic trainers serves 12 regional high schools from the Iron Range to Northern Wisconsin and four college systems. Essentia donates more than $750,000 annually in orthopedics and sports medicine services in the communities it serves.
John Haugrud, who oversees the athletic trainer program at Essentia, is excited to have Borowski join the team. “I’m thrilled with the benefits our athletic trainers provide to the student athletes across the Northland,” he says. “We can provide quality sports medicine care that will benefit students throughout their lifetime.”
Borowski moved to Deer River on Sunday, Nov. 25 and started at Essentia the 26th. His brief time in Deer River has already been positive. “I like the school and the clinic. The clinic was much bigger than I thought it was and the school was impressive,” he adds.
Borowski’s wife, Stephanie, and two boys, Macen and Max, will join him when they finish out this school year.