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Yakima Sports Medicine

Sports injuries happen. Knowing how and when to treat them is important. Virginia Mason Memorial's Sports Medicine Advantage ™ provides both medical and community resources to help your body work, play and perform to its fullest potential.

Sports injury prevention

Prevention is the best medicine when it comes to sports injuries. Wearing the right equipment, proper stretching, and staying hydrated may help keep you safe and in the game.

Unfortunately, injuries can still happen, even when taking proper precautions.

Be Water Wise

Athletes should be well hydrated before and after every activity session. Heavy sweating and physical exertion causes water loss and electrolyte depletion. Without proper hydration and cooling, the body can become overheated, causing heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Overuse, injury treatment and trauma

The most important thing to remember about playing sports and injuries is to stop as soon as you feel any pain. A simple injury can turn into a serious issue if you continue to play, despite the pain. You should consult a health care professional immediately for injuries like broken bones, a dislocation, severe swelling, and numbing and bleeding.

For less severe injuries, it is probably safe to treat your injury at home. If discomfort or other symptoms persist for more than a couple days, contact your doctor.

Home treatment for minor Injuries

The standard for many sports injuries has been RICE-Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Sports medicine professionals have now added Protect and Refer to this acronym. If injured, Protect the injured area by stopping the activity. If discomfort or other symptoms persist, Refer the injured person to a qualified medical professional for diagnosis and continued care. Using the PRICER method may help lessen pain and inflammation and heal the injury more quickly.

The NO HARM principle complements the PRICER method and is extremely important in the initial 48 hours following a soft tissue injury.

NO:  H - Heat   A - Alcohol   R - Running/Exercising the injured area    M - Massage

Heat and alcohol cause the blood vessels to dilate (open up) and increase the bleeding in the injured area. Exercising the body part or massaging the area also increases the blood-flow to the area. This is detrimental to the repair process as there is increased swelling in the area to be resolved.

Injury Prevention, Play it Safe

Certain sports have a higher rate of overuse and trauma injuries. Protect yourself from injury and check out our helpful tip sheets to learn about how to stay safe when playing YOUR sport.

These Sports Tips provide general information only and are not a substitute for your own good judgment or consultation with a physician.

Learn more about other specific sport injury prevention, visit www.STOPSportsInjuries.org.

Meet Our Team

Joel Buffum, MS ATC ATL

Joel Buffum

Joel leads the Sports Medicine Advantage team with the goal of increasing access to healthcare for the Yakima valley and helping the community continue enjoying their sports and activities. Joel specializes in the prevention, assessment, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions. In the clinic and on the field, he works to engage people in their healthcare and rehabilitation. You can call Joel at (509) 941-5746, or email him at jbuffum@ortho-nw.com.

Denton Norwood, MS ATC LAT

Denton Norwood

Denton is in his 9th year as an Athletic Trainer in the Yakima area. Denton has extensive experience working with both high school and college student-athletes. He specializes in the prevention, assessment, and treatment of emergency acute and chronic injuries. As the Athletic Trainer for East Valley High School, Denton strives to be the critical link between the school system (administrators, coaches, parents, and student-athletes), and the healthcare community in the Yakima area. Call Denton at 509-731-2621 or email dentonnorwood@yvmh.org.

Kent Wilcox, MS LAT ATC

Kent Wilcox

Kent comes to Yakima from Spokane where he worked with high school and professional athletes. He specializes in injury prevention through sport specific strength training and proper sport preparation. Additionally, he provides assessment and treatment of acute and chronic athletic injuries. His goal is to improve patient outcomes by providing exceptional athlete education, medical treatment and rehabilitation protocols.

Alyssa Wickehagen, ATC LAT

Alyssa Wickehagen, AT

Alyssa, a native of the Yakima, has returned home to work with student athletes around the valley. Alyssa is passionate about providing care to this community and specializes in the prevention, assessment, and treatment of emergency, acute, and chronic sports injuries. Her goals are to provide student athletes with medical care and to educate athletes on proper prevention of injury and correct treatment of injuries in order to return to play safely. Contact Alyssa at alyssawickenhagen@yvmh.org or 509-902-9869.

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Yakima Orthopedic Services

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Algunos deportes tienen una probabilidad mayor de lesiones por uso excesivo y el trauma. Protéjase a sí mismo de lesiones y aprenda a mantenerse seguro cuando práctica SU deporte.


Una conmoción es un tipo de lesión cerebral traumática que ocasiona cambios en la forma en que funciona el cerebro normalmente. Una conmoción es causada por un golpe, impacto o sacudida en la cabeza o el cuerpo que hace que la cabeza y el cerebro se muevan rápida y repentinamente hacia adelante y hacia atrás. Hasta un "chichoncito" o lo que pareciera ser tan solo un golpe o una sacudida leve en la cabeza pueden ser algo grave.

¿Cuáles son los signos y síntomas de una conmoción cerebral?

Los signos y síntomas de una conmoción cerebral pueden aparecer justo después de una lesión o puede que no aparezcan o se noten sino hasta días o semanas después de ocurrida la lesión.

Si un deportista presenta uno o más de los síntomas de una conmoción cerebral indicados a continuación, luego de un golpe, impacto o sacudida en la cabeza o el cuerpo, no se le debe permitir continuar jugando el día de la lesión y no debe volver a jugar hasta que un profesional médico con experiencia en evaluación de conmociones cerebrales indique que ya no presenta síntomas y que puede volver a jugar. Mas »


Antes de una actividad: Todo el mundo debe estar bien hidratado antes de cada sesión de actividad. La pérdida de líquidos se produce con cualquier ejercicio, y cuando los fluidos no se reemplazan, da lugar a la deshidratación. Sin una hidratación adecuada y el tiempo apropiado para el enfriamiento, el cuerpo puede sobrecalentarse causando el agotamiento por calor o golpe de calor. Mas »

Golpe de calor es cuando el cuerpo ha tenido un aumento dramático en la temperatura y no puede enfriarse por sí mismo. Se trata de una emergencia médica y puede ser fatal si no se trata adecuadamente.

Tratamiento de lesiones:

Si un deportista tiene problemas con la sensibilidad, movimiento o circulación, tienen una fractura obvia o inestabilidad, debe ser enviado al hospital tan pronto como sea posible. Para emergencias llamar al 911. Mas »

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COVID-19 News & Announcements

COVID-19 Testing

HealthyNow Creekside is a COVID-19 testing site only. Existing patients with one or more COVID symptom may call to schedule a test through their primary care physician. New patients or those needing evaluation may schedule online to be seen at our HealthyNow West Valley location. In your online appointment request, please list your current symptoms so our team can better serve you. Or call 509-225-4669

UPDATED! July 23: Updated Visitation Policy

As a response to the current community situation with COVID-19, we are suspending most in-person visits to our hospitalized patients. The decision to suspend hospital visits was difficult and made only after careful consideration.
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Virginia Mason Memorial resumes surgeries.

Hip replacement surgery

Read one patient's story: Hip replacement and home the same day.

Curtis was one of the first hip-replacement patients in Virginia Mason Memorial history who didn't have to spend the night in the hospital after surgery, which is a growing trend.

Curtis Johnstone of Yakima waited a long time for his hip-replacement surgery - 10 years, as a matter of fact. By 2018 his doctor told him the cartilage in his right hip was gone. It was bone on bone. "It would ache, and I couldn't sleep at night," he says. "I'd have to take ibuprofen or ice it to try to calm it down." But Curtis's job didn't offer health insurance. So he literally limped along until he turned 65 and could sign up for Medicare.

In early 2020 and fully insured, Curtis, 65, was thrilled to finally book his full hip replacement surgery at Virginia Mason Memorial hospital. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. As a safety precaution, all elective surgeries at Virginia Mason Memorial were halted, and Curtis’s surgery was cancelled.

So when schedulers called him in late May to rebook his hip replacement, Curtis had no reservations. “They asked me if I’d be willing to come in, and I said, ‘Absolutely!’ I figured the hospital was one of the safest places I could be,” he says. “All the precautions were in place.” Those precautions include a three-day quarantine before surgery, COVID testing and, on the day of surgery, a Memorial employee greets patients at their car, provides a mask, checks their temperature, rules out any new COVID symptoms, and helps them fill out paperwork.

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Infusion Care team 'keeps going' and patient couldn't be more grateful

Hip replacement surgery

Gregory White has been coming to the Outpatient Infusion Care clinic at Virginia Mason Memorial for the past 10 years.

“This team is like my family,” he says. “I know most of them, and know about their kids, and they know everything about me!”

Greg was diagnosed at birth with a rare, hereditary blood disorder called Diamond-Blackfan Anemia, which affects the ability of bone marrow to produce red blood cells. The disease is often treated with blood transfusions. In fact, to manage his symptoms Greg used to have blood transfusions every three weeks. But, as he recalls, “my quality of life was almost non-existent. I was homebound and in bed 75% of the time.”

Greg is a huge baseball fan and loves anything sports-related. Anyone who knows him will tell you that Alabama is Greg’s No. 1 favorite college team. Once an avid golfer, he had a 30-year career ranging from caddy to golf pro, and everything in between until his disease forced him to stop working. 

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New! June 23: Going Home after Birth during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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New! June 23: Volver a casa después de dar a luz durante la pandemia de COVID-19

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Mask Requirements

To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, Virginia Mason Memorial (VMM) would like to remind all patients and visitors that masks are REQUIRED at all VMM facilities, including our clinics.

To conserve supplies, we request that all patients and visitors bring masks to their appointments. A limited number of reusable cloth masks, made by community members, will be available if you need one.

We also strongly encourage all community members to wear masks when in public - this is one of our best tools to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Prescription Home Delivery

We now offer home delivery for your prescription medications.

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Visitors to Generations OB/GYN

As part of our continuing efforts to focus on patient safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, Generations has changed its visitor policy.

No visitors will be allowed for clinic visits, with the only exceptions being:

1 Visitor will be allowed for the first OB appointment
1 visitor will be allowed at the 20 week anatomy ultrasound

Visitors to the Family Birthplace

Women in the Family Birthplace may have one visitor.

Additional Spiritual Resources During COVID-19

Chaplains at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital provide care for every patient regardless of their personal beliefs or non-beliefs. For support, assistance, prayers, and all other spiritual care requests, please email spiritualcare@yvmh.org or call the spiritual care office: (509) 575-8035


There are times when a direct face to face spiritual care conversation is not the best option (due to distance, a pandemic, patient preference). That's where Tele-Chaplaincy provides another possibility. You can request chaplain support using your personal, or hospital room, phone. Calls are confidential. Chaplains will listen, provide encouragement, offer help and resources, and if desired, offer prayer. If you are part of a faith community a chaplain can help you connect with them.

Virtual Chaplaincy

Without regular visits from family and friends a stay in the hospital can be even more challenging. One of our newest offerings, Virtual Chaplaincy using Zoom, helps make connections. By contacting the Spiritual Care team at the email or phone number above you can request a Zoom meeting. Family and friends throughout the Yakima Valley, from the four corners of the state, from across the country and even internationally, are meeting with patients via Zoom to offer their love and support. Due to the popularity of this option scheduling and frequency may, at times, be limited.

Hospital Lab Services

All out-patient lab services - including newborn screens and bilirubin collections - will now be provided at Memorial Cornerstone Medicine, 4003 Creekside Loop. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday and Sunday.

Hospital Pharmacy

The hospital pharmacy is closed to the public for the duration of the pandemic. The public may choose to have those prescriptions transferred to VMM's Pharmacy at Creekside or the pharmacy of their choice.

The Pharmacy at Creekside, 4003 Creekside Loop, is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and offers walk-in or drive-through options for pickup.

Farmacia Del Hospital

La farmacia del hospital estará cerrada al público mientras dure la pandemia. El público puede escoger si quiere que sus recetas sean transferidas a la otra farmacia de Virginia Mason Memorial, localizada en la clínica Cornerstone o también puede elegir cualquier otra farmacia de su preferencia. La clínica de Cornerstone, está localizada en el 4003 Creekside Loop. En esta farmacia se puede recoger la medicina por la ventana y/o adentro de la clínica.

Horario: Lunes a Viernes de 8:30 a.m. a 6:00 p.m. y sábado y domingo de las 8:00 a.m. a las 4:30 pm