For one week, the population of Lawrence, Kansas will grow by about 40-thousand, as the National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships will be held at Rock Chalk Park July 24-30. Providing medical care for that many athletes and their families is a challenge, but one that The University of Kansas Health System is meeting head-on.
Dr. Vince Key, an orthopedic surgeon at The University of Kansas Health System, and head team physician for the Kansas City Royals, is leading a team of 80 health care professionals in caring for all those attending the event…essentially bringing the hospital to the track meet. In the video, Dr. Key describes everything the team will do. He also says most national meets don’t have anything like this level of medical coverage, and this could help bring the meet back to Lawrence on a more permanent basis. He describes the types of injuries the team expects to treat. Dr. Key explains the difference between helping an 8-year-old and a 17-year-old, both of whom are possible future Olympians. He also talks about how this has been a dream of his for a long time.