Overview

Community Outreach

Community Outreach

University of Utah Health Sports Medicine has partnered with several Utah high school and community-sponsored events to provide sports medicine health care services and athletic training coverage. Sports medicine services include primary emergency medical services, injury evaluation and management, education, injury prevention, and sports performance among others.

Our goal in community involvement and outreach is to make sure that your high school, tournament, camp, or athletic event is prepared for any medical needs, making the event both safer and more fun for participants.

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We can customize medical coverage and services to meet the needs of your school, organization, or event. Please email event coverage requests and/or questions to:
sportsmedicine@utah.edu

Meet the Athletic Trainers

Lisa Anthony,
Herriman High School

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Lisa is the head athletic trainer at Herriman High School and assists with the day-to-day health care needs of student-athletes. She is a licensed, certified athletic trainer and works under the direction of Dr. Travis Maak with University of Utah Health. Her daily responsibilities include emergency care; prevention, evaluation and treatment of athletic injuries; and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries.

Lisa completed her undergraduate degree in athletic training at the University of Georgia and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in sports medicine from the University of Utah.

Chaz Beckstead,
Copper Hills High School

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Chaz Beckstead is a board certified and state licensed athletic trainer covering Copper Hills High School. Under the direction of team physician, Dr. Chris Gee, Chaz provides emergency care, as well as prevention of athletic injuries, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation.

Chaz grew up in Salt Lake City and graduated from the University of Utah where he gained valuable experience in the undergraduate athletic training education program working with the various athletic programs on campus including football and volleyball. Before joining University of Utah Health, Chaz provided clinical coverage for a local physical therapy company while also serving as an outreach athletic trainer to various high schools within the Salt Lake Valley.

Jennifer Zehner,
Judge Memorial Catholic High School

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Jenny is a certified athletic trainer working at Judge Memorial Catholic High School. She works with Travis Nolan, ATC, under the direction of team physician Dr. David Petron. Jenny's responsibilities include emergency management as well as prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries and conditions.

Jenny is originally from Ashland, Massachusetts, and attended Ithaca College in upstate New York where she obtained her bachelor's degree in athletic training. As an athletic training student at Ithaca Jenny worked with DIII softball, cross country, men's/women's tennis, and D1 ivy league sprint football and women's hockey. She is currently pursuing her master's degree in sports medicine at the University of Utah.

Dillon Hyland,
Corner Canyon High School

Dillon is the head athletic trainer at Corner Canyon High School, providing daily health care to all Charger student athletes. He is a licensed, certified athletic trainer and works under the direction of Dr. Michael Henrie through University of Utah Health. His responsibilities include emergency management; prevention, assessment, and treatment of athletic injuries and conditions; and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries.

Originally from Bennington, NH, Dillon received his BS in athletic training from Keene State College in 2014. From there Dillon was the assistant athletic trainer at Bridgton Academy in Bridgton Maine providing their student athletes with quality health care. Dillon is currently pursuing his master’s degree in exercise and sport science at the University of Utah.

Julia Villani,
Jordan High School

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Julia is the head athletic trainer at Jordan high School working under the direction of Dr. Chris. She is a board certified athletic trainer and is licensed in the state of Utah. Her responsibilities include emergency care, prevention, evaluation, and diagnosis of athletic injures and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Julia is originally from Colorado and attended Fort Lewis College where she worked as a student athletic trainer for division II men’s and women’s soccer, women’s lacrosse, softball, football, and a local high school. She received her bachelor of arts in athletic training in 2016 and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in sports medicine at the University of Utah.

Garth McFarland,
West High School

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Garth is the head athletic trainer at West High School and assists with the day-to-day health care needs of student athletes. His duties include emergency care; prevention, assessment and care of athletic injuries; and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. In addition to athlete care, Garth is a full time teacher at West High School and teaches classes in medical anatomy, sports medicine, emergency medicine, medical terminology, and pathophysiology. Garth is also an approved clinical instructor in the University of Utah Athletic Training Education Program and is an advisor for Health Occupations Students of America.

Garth graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s of science in athletic training and completed a master’s degree in exercise and sports science at the University of Utah. Garth has an extensive background in athletic training having worked in a variety of rehabilitation settings. He is also employed as an athletic trainer at Lakeview Hospital in Bountiful, Utah, and provides therapy and cardiac rehabilitation services to patients.

Travis Nolan,
Judge Memorial Catholic High School

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Travis is a certified athletic trainer at Judge Memorial Catholic High School and works under the direction of team physician Dr. David Petron. Travis' responsibilities include emergency management; prevention, assessment, and treatment of athletic injuries and conditions; and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries.

Travis grew up in Burlington, Vermont, and attended the University of Vermont, where he received a BS in athletic training. At UVM, Travis was able to work as a student athletic trainer with Division I basketball and women's hockey, Division II lacrosse, and two local high schools. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sports medicine at the University of Utah.

Megan Pales,
University of Utah Sport Clubs

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Megan graduated in 2004 from the University of Utah with a BS in exercise and sport science, athletic training. She went on to receive Master of Education (MEd) in exercise science, concentration in biomechanics in 2005 from Auburn University. Upon graduating she began working as an ATC graduate assistant working with men's and women's swimming and diving program at Auburn University. She then went on to do a one-year fellowship at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. During this time she worked with multiple Olympic teams and athletes and also traveled internationally providing coverage for USA softball national team and US Paralympic track and field.

Following the fellowship, in 2006, she began working at Fort Lewis College (FLC) in Durango, Colorado, as an assistant athletic trainer specializing in rehabilitation of athletic injuries. While at FLC Megan helped to provide athletic training coverage for the colleges 11 NCAA Div II teams, including men's soccer and women’s basketball national championship teams; she was also an adjunct instructor for the exercise science department.

After leaving FLC in 2010, she began working for University of Utah Health. Megan is the head athletic trainer for University of Utah Sport Clubs and the ballet and modern dance programs. She is also an adjunct instructor in the College of Health and the ballet department.

Derek Tedder,
Highland High School

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Derek is the head athletic trainer at Highland High School. He works with Highland High athletes, coaches, administrators, and other health care professionals in overseeing the care of the injured athletes and their return to play. Derek is a certified licensed athletic trainer. His duties include emergency care, prevention, assessment, and care of athletic injuries and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Additionally, he offers performance enhancement training to athletes helping them achieve their highest athletic capacity.

In addition to his athletic training duties, Derek teaches the sports medicine class at Highland High School and is the instructor of record for the Intro to Sports Medicine Class at the University of Utah. Derek is also an approved clinical instructor in the University of Utah Athletic Training Education Program, where he supervises and trains sports medicine students from the University, using Highland High School as a clinical instructional setting.

Derek graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science with an emphasis in athletic training (sports medicine). He also received his master's in exercise and sports science with an emphasis in exercise physiology (performance enhancement).

Hannah Zech,
West High School

Hannah Zech

Hannah is an assistant athletic trainer at West High School and works under the direction of Dr. Amy Powell. Hannah’s responsibilities include emergency management, prevention and assessment, treatment of athletic injuries and conditions, and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries. Hannah earned her BS in athletic training from Charleston Southern University in May, 2016, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in sports medicine at University of Utah.