It’s still early in the season, but Moline High School team physician Dr. Shawn Wynn, is a lifelong fan for his fellow Maroons. He specializes in orthopedic surgery at ORA Orthopedics.
Meet ORA Orthopedics Surgeon: Dr. Shawn Wynn
Name: Shawn Wynn
Years in Practice: 7 years
Specialty: Sports Medicine, Arthroscopic/Reconstructive Surgery of the Shoulder and Knee, Joint Replacement, Fracture Care
Hometown: Moline, IL
Team Physician: Moline High School Athletics
High School basketball is underway. Tell us about your role on the Moline Basketball Teams!
I’m the team physician for all of the Moline High School athletic teams. I cover all of the home football games and some of the away games that are played in the Quad City area. I also try to make it to as many of the other Moline athletic events that I can, including the basketball games.
I have a strong working relationship with the Moline High School Athletic Trainer, Nate Geick, and many of the Moline coaches, and they know that my door is open to any athlete who needs to be seen for an injury.
How are the teams looking this year? What kind of demands does basketball put on young minds and bodies?
The basketball teams have a lot of talent and we’re looking forward to a promising season. The Moline Basketball program has a long history of tradition, both on the boys and girls teams. My dad, Kelly Wynn, actually coached the Moline Girls Basketball team from 1986-1995.
The basketball season is long, spanning usually over a few months. It requires endurance from both a mental and physical standpoint in these young athletes to make it through a season that lasts from October to March.
What do you enjoy or what impresses you most about being their team physician?
I enjoy being the team physician for Moline High School because that’s the high school I went to and played basketball for.
I spent four years of high school playing for the Moline High School Boys Basketball program. I have an incredible sense of pride when I walk back into Wharton Field House to see these teams play and compete. When I walk through the door of that historic place, significant memories come rushing back.
I also feel that Moline High School, the teachers, and the coaches had such a big role in my development as a person, and that is a big part of why I am where I am today. I feel like I can truly give back to my community and school.
What is your position on kids overtraining for sports year around? Or what should parents keep in mind to prevent injury?
I see many young athletes every week who have overuse or repetitive type of injuries which are completely preventable.
Young athletes, especially those whose bodies are still developing (skeletally), need periods of rest, and need a variety of athletic activity. Picking one sport at a young age (sport specialization), playing and training for that sport year round causes preventable injuries in young athletes and parents, and coaches need to be aware that the immature, developing musculoskeletal system is not usually ready to handle this physical toll.
When you are not at basketball games, how do you spend your weekends?
My time away from covering sporting events and work usually is spent with my wife and my 3 children. I do help coach youth sports as well. I also enjoy fishing and golfing.
What made you decide to become an orthopedic surgeon?
I played basketball throughout high school and college and therefore had exposure to athletic injuries. I tore my anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) playing basketball while I was in medical school. I was impressed with the orthopedic surgeon who took care of me throughout the process and that’s when I decided that orthopedic surgery would be my career choice.
What do you like best about practicing medicine?
I enjoy meeting new people on a daily basis. Every day brings something new and challenging. The field of Orthopedics is changing rapidly and it’s important to stay up to date on the latest treatments and techniques.
What inspires you most about your patients?
The process of meeting someone new with a specific problem, figuring out what that problem is, then developing the best treatment plan with them, and then following the patient through that treatment plan and making them better is what inspires me on a daily basis. Every day I am inspired by the amount of trust my patients put in me. Getting them back to living a pain free, active lifestyle is “What Moves Me.”