Molly Yokiel, LAT, ATC is a Certified Athletic Trainer at Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists, part of Allina Health Care, and has been the Trainer at Minnetonka High School for 4 years. Molly, or another trainer, is at every Varsity game and available during practice times, as well as sideline coverage for all home most lover level games.
Her office is in the Training Room in lower level across from the Team Room and near the locker rooms. she is available in the athletic training room from 2:00-5:30 Monday-Friday and later depending on when practices are over and game coverage. She is also available most Saturday mornings due to JV football games. After school is a particularly busy time, as she treats boys and girls soccer, volleyball, girls tennis, and boys and girls cross country in the fall. If an athlete can be evaluated or taped prior to the end of school at 2:40, that is preferred. She is available during the day by email or cell phone an dis often working in the orthopedic clinic 3-4 mornings a week.
Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by the ATs comprise of prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. ATs work under the direction of physicians, as prescribed by state licensure statues.
Molly Yokiel, LAT, ATC
William Knopp, MD
Family practice, sports medicine, preventive medicine - sideline coverage at home varsity football games and weekly injury evaluations.
In addition to home varsity football game sideline coverage, Dr. Knopp visits the athletic training room on Thursdays after school for week injury checks. Dr. Knopp and Molly work together for clearance for athletes that have been diagnosed with concussion.
L. Pearce McCarty III, MD
Subspecialties: Shoulder, Elbow, and Sports Medicine - sideline coverage at home varsity football games.
Dr. McCarty is a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, with additional board certification in orthopaedic sports medicine. He specializes in the treatment of injuries to the shoulder, elbow, and articular cartilage, including complex reconstructive techniques.
Ryan R. Fader, MD
Subspecialty: Arthroscopic Surgery of the Hip and Knee - sideline coverage at home varsity football and hockey games.
Dr. Fader is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip arthroscopy, sports injuries of the hip, and sports knee. His sub-specialty training and interests include hip arthroscopy for hip impingement/labral tears, knee cartilage restoration/transplant, treatment of primary/revision ACL injuries, other ligamentous injuries of the knee, and meniscal injuries.
Minnetonka High School student athletes have priority when scheduling an appointment at Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists and should be able to be seen the same day or next day by a speciality provider. Molly can help facilitate an appointment, or when calling to schedule an appointment, make sure to mention that your son or daughter is a Minnetonka student athlete referred by their athletic trainer. If an athlete needs to be evaluated further or is referred for further evaluation by Molly, it is highly recommended they seek treatment with a provider within the Sports & Orthopaedic group for easy access to the athlete's diagnosis, treatment recommendations, and return to play guidelines. Molly works in the orthopedic clinic in the mornings at Sports & Ortho so she is able to easily communicate back to the coaches from the provider what the outcome of the injury will be. If an athlete is seen outside of Sports & Ortho, a Return-to-Play letter is required by the Minnesota State High School League and Minnetonka High School. If an athlete does not provide a return-to-play letter, they will not be able to participate until the letter is received by the athletic trainer, coaching staff, or activities office administration.
Link to the Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists home page with information on providers, locations, and rehabilitation information along with appointment scheduling.
The R.I.C.E. Method: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. If an athlete is injured and has not been evaluated by a medical professional yet, the recommend care at home would be to rest the effected area as much as possible by not walking on the injured side or using the body part that is injured; ice, not heat, the area for the first 72 hours, typically 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off; use a compression sleeve/wrap or ACE bandage to manage any possible or current swelling; and to elevate the effected area higher than the level of the heart to reduce current or potential swelling. If the athlete can tolerate taking a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID), the recommended is up to 800mg three times daily with food. Examples of NSAIDs are Ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin) and Naproxen (Aleve or Naprosyn). Over-the-Counter (OTC) medications are not available in the athletic training room.