October 2017 Magazines 89052 - Page 50

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 t