November 2017 Magazines 89138 - Page 56

Behind the Scenes Helping Athletes Stay in the Game Caleb Pinegar, D.O. C aleb Pinegar, D.O. knows a thing or two about sports injuries. As a young soccer player, he received an orthopaedic injury that was at once severe and life-changing. Since that time, he has worked toward the goal of becoming a doctor and surgeon who could not only treat such injuries, but also provide prevention techniques to help youth and adult athletes learn how to avoid them in the first place. He has done this in previous years by working with athletes, coaches, and teams in school, minor and major leagues, and plans to continue his efforts in his new home at Crovetti Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. Pursuing his dream of working in sports medicine from a young age, Dr. Pinegar majored in athletic training and completed internships with the volleyball, gym- nastics, track & field, and football teams at Brigham Young University. He contin- ued his medical training at Des Moines University, followed by a five year resi- dency in Orthopaedic Surgery in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He recently completed a one-year fellowship at The Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida where he worked personally with the renowned James R. Andrews, MD in the treatment of both professional and recreational athletes. His training included curriculum in the AOSSM-initiated S.T.O.P. (Stop Trauma and Overuse Prevention) program, an initiative that dovetails perfectly with his desire to remain heavily engaged with kids, parents, coaches and teams in promoting an awareness of the preven- tion and proper treatment of sports injuries. As Pinegar explains, “This fellowship was an extraordinary educational and hands-on experience for me, and it’s my hope that my patients will forever benefit from what I learned there.” Dr. Pinegar joined the team of physicians at Crovetti Orthopaedics where he spe- cializes in the evaluation, treatment and prevention of athletic injuries, as well as degenerative conditions of the shoulder, knee and elbow. And, while typically tasked with repairing damage after it’s been done, Dr. Pinegar’s goal is to help prevent injuries like the one that sidelined him as a child. “A lot of kids have big sports dreams, and I was one of them. But my injury ended that dream. Since then, I’ve often wondered if things might have turned out differently if I’d had someone like me around at the time. The prevention and rehabilitation of injuries are just as important as what I was trained to do in the operating room. My goal is to keep kids on the playing field and out of the operating room. In fact, as soon as my family and I get settled in our new ‘hometown’ of Henderson, I’m looking forward to getting involved as both a physician and an educator with local sports teams on many levels.” A passionate competitor who enjoys mountain biking, triathlons, rock climbing, golf, boating and snow skiing, Pinegar is eager to help the team of physicians at Crovetti Orthopaedic keep athletes of all ages doing what they love. “I’m excited about this opportunity to continue my career with Crovetti Ortho, and I saw immediately that this was a huge opportunity for me to do great things with an 56 excellent doctor,” confirms Dr. Pinegar. “I truly admire Dr. Mike Crovetti’s pas- sion for this profession, his reputation as an innovator in the field of orthopaedics, and especially that he’s known as a physician and surgeon who honestly has his patients’ best interests at иѡ͔Ʌ́əѱ)ݥѠ䁽ݸɽͥѵ̰$݅ɐѼɥ䁕)ɥɅѼѡх́ݕt^)9ٕȽȀ