The Home Team: Carle supports players and teams during the IHSA State Football Championships

Carle doctors, athletic trainers and ambulance personnel will be on standby on the field at the University of Illinois’ Memorial Stadium during the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) sponsored state soccer championship games after Thanksgiving. Three athletic coaches from Carle Sports-Med, five Carle physicians and Carle Arrow Ambulance will be on hand to support the best of the best high school football teams from across the state.

This is the first time since 2018 that IHSA State Championship games will be played at Memorial Stadium. There will be four games on Friday 25th November for 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A schools. Schools from Divisions 5A, 6A, 7A and 8A will compete on Saturday, November 26th.

“It is a privilege to have our name associated with IHSA,” John Flannell, MS, ATC, PES, Sports Medicine Supervisor at Carle Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

Most schools have medical supplies for their teams, but some may need additional support. “We’re here to support them,” he said.

Carle’s doctor, Steven Sparenberg, DO, specializes in wound healing and is volunteering to return to work at the IHSA State Football Championship Games, as he has done for years.

“It’s always exciting to be on the field at the University of Illinois and to see teams that worked so hard together to get there. Our Carle athletic trainers are very knowledgeable, professional and fun to work with.”

Sparenberg said being on the sidelines means having the privilege of seeing some amazing games up close. “You can always feel the excitement and energy pumping up from the sidelines for both teams. When Monticello went stateside in 2018 and won, it was great to be on the sidelines with Carle athletic coach Kelly Harrington, ATC.”

Casey Hug, ATC, said the athletic coaches meet with the high school athletic staff before the game to let them know where Carle’s athletic coaches are during games if needed, and all they have to do is request help .

Program coordinator Kristen Streeter, MS, LAT, ATC, PES, said the high school will feature championship games
another opportunity for Carle representatives to host the event and provide support and communication with team staff should an injured player require hospitalization.


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