Local athletic trainer heads to Tokyo with the Women’s Olympic Wrestling Team

Written by on July 12, 2021

Local athletic trainer heads to Tokyo with the Women’s Olympic Wrestling Team

By Brittany Sweeney
July 12, 2021

Brittany Sweeney interviewing Shelby Hoppis outside the PBS39 building on the SteelStacks campus in Bethlehem. Photo | AJ Suero / PBS39

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Summer Olympics kick off on July 23 after being postponed for a year because of the coronavirus.

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One Lehigh Valley trainer will be there in person.

Shelby Hoppis, lead athletic trainer at St. Luke’s University Health Network, will be on the medical team working with the U.S. female wrestlers.

Hoppis says she is excited to be assisting the six female wrestlers heading to the 2020 Summer Games.

“We hope at this stage it’s more performance maintenance care. So whether that’s hands-on treatment in terms of stretching, whether there’s some massage therapy, whether we’re looking at different treatments associated with what we might call muscle energy, things of that nature,  really, it’s to help to continue to help facilitate that process,” Hoppis says. 

Hoppis applied for the USA wrestling medical pool in 2017, was accepted, and has already done four tours with the team. But this is her first Olympics.

“It’s wonderful to have this team around these high-performing athletes. The work is done already, but anything that they need in these last few days, leading up to competition, is what we’re there to provide,” she says. 

Those heading to the games must be tested for COVID-19 ahead of flying to Japan.

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