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Carolinas HealthCare System Employees to be Honored by Athletic Trainers Association

Carolinas HealthCare System sports medicine department received several awards at the 36th Annual North Carolina Athletic Trainers Association spring awards meeting held at Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast.

Dr. Katherine Walker, assistant director of Cabarrus Sports Medicine Fellowship and physician at Sports Medicine & Injury Center, received the Sports Medicine Person of the Year Award.  Dr. Walker practices family medicine at the Cabarrus Family Medicine Harrisburg location and provides sports medicine care at the Sports Medicine and Injury Center in Concord. She also teaches residents in the Cabarrus Family Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Walker is an associate team physician for Catawba College and volunteers as the team physician for Central Cabarrus High School. She has also served as a team physician for the United States National Synchronized Swim Team.

Sports medicine manager Leigh Ann Caldwell, and  athletic trainer and sports medicine coordinator Grady Hardeman, received the Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer of the Year Award in Clinical and Emerging Practice. Caldwell is responsible for 43 certified athletic trainers in four different counties as part of the Carolinas HealthCare System Sports Medicine Outreach program. She is also responsible for other various projects and special events within the department.

Hardeman manages the Kohl’s Cares for Kids Injury Prevention Grant and ImPACT Neurocognitive Concussion Management Database, a computer-based program that helps determine when a high school athlete can return to competition following a concussion.  He is also Co-Chair of the Heart of a Champion Day, a free athletic screening for area high school athletes.

Melissa Sparks, athletic trainer for Jay Robinson High School, received the Secondary School Athletic Trainer of the Year Award for Outreach Programs.  Sparks works with Cabarrus County Schools to prevent, assess and treat any injuries by working with physicians, coaches and other athletic trainers in the county. 

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