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Hospital hosts injury clinic for athletes on Friday nights

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A Huntsville clinic is seeing a lot of traffic now that football season has started. Every Friday night for the rest of the season, Huntsville Hospital has an injury clinic to help any athletes who are hurt during a game. It's a service one Valley mom was happy to have when her son nearly broke his arm last week.

13-year-old Eli Morrow was having a normal day of football practice for the Huntsville Middle School Panthers until he went in for a tackle and came out of it in pain. 

"It was all a big pile and somebody's face mask hit my elbow," he said. "I just felt pain but I kept on practicing after that."

Eli's mom, Samantha, said she was told about the incident from Ian's trainer. 

"She said that it was pretty swollen and might be broken, and with it being a holiday weekend she would suggest we get an x-ray," said Samantha.

Samantha took him to the Friday Night Injury Clinic at Huntsville Hospital, where Ian was able to see an orthopedic doctor.   

"The benefit is if you have an injury Friday night and you're wondering if it's something that needs a emergency room, if it will swell or get worse, it kind of takes that worry from the parents because you get to see them that night and get x-rays," said orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Greco. He said the clinics staff has already seen their fair share of athletes, even though football season is only in its second week.

"We've had some fractures, we've had several ACL injuries, so there is a lot of pent-up energy and it shows up in the emergency room on a Friday night," he said. 

Program Manager for Huntsville Hospital, Michael Stevenson, said the clinic helps make the weekends easier for the parents and the injured athlete.

"Injuries are a part of the game. They are going to happen and we try and prevent as many as we can. But if we can't prevent it, we want the parents to know that we are here for them," he said. 

The clinic runs from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. through the end of football season. They may be open an additional week or two, depending on the result of playoffs. Stevenson  the athletic trainers service more than 30 middle and high schools in the Valley.  He said it might be possible that the clinic could also run on Thursdays since some games are played then.

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