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Portage Health provides sports medicine coverage to five schools in 2012

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HOUGHTON – Portage Health is proud to announce it is continuing its relationship with five local school districts to provide sports medicine coverage for the upcoming school year.

“We are dedicated to providing sports medicine coverage, at no cost, for the local high schools to ensure the safety of our local student athletes,” said Mark Randell, director of rehab and sports medicine at Portage Health.

Portage Health’s Sports Medicine Institute works with athletes from Houghton, Jeffers, Chassell, Hancock and Dollar Bay-Tamarack City schools.

“Without question the sports medicine services Portage Health provides have proven vital in ensuring the safety, well-being and health of our student athletes,” said Dr. Jan Quarless, superintendent at Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools.

The coverage includes having certified athletic trainers at many practices and most games and meets.

“I feel a great comfort in knowing that we have trained professionals covering our events,” said Bruce Horsch, superintendent of Houghton-Portage Township Schools. “I can’t thank Portage Health enough for all the support they have given our athletic programs over the years.”

The Sports Medicine Institute also offers a drop-in sports injury clinic at Portage Health – University Center from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday nights.

“Our work with local student athletes fits right in with our organization’s mission, improving the health of our community,” Randell said. “We’re looking forward to another year of manning the sidelines with area athletes.”

The Portage Health Sports Medicine Institute is a team of sports medicine-trained physicians, fellowship-trained Orthopaedic surgeons, physical and rehabilitation therapists, certified athletic trainers and nutritionists whose goal is to help athletes achieve excellence and improve their health. Learn more at

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