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Rapids Youth Soccer is committed to the safety and protection of players in the Club. Since 2018, CRYSC and UCHealth + CU Orthopedics and Sports Medicine have worked together in an effort to grow the safety and health resources that are available for Rapids Youth players and members. Drawing from the combined strengths of the regions best academic and community hospitals, along with access to clinics throughout the Front Range, this partnership allows for more access to medical professionals / athletic trainers, better resources, and unique opportunities for the Sport Medicine department at CRYSC. For fast access to UCHealth medical specialists, please contact Head Athletic Trainer Julie Graves at [email protected] before visiting your clinic!

Benefits of the Rapids Youth Soccer & UCHealth partnership include:

  • Working with CRYSC’s Head Athletic Trainer Julie Graves to provide direct access to medical consultants and sports injury experts.
  • Providing resources for players and families at The Eddy and multiple CRYSC tournaments, including sunscreen stations, access to sports physicals and flu shots.
  • Improving the resources and responses of on-location athletic trainers.
  • Supplying and expanding the resources available at CRYSC medical tents.
  • Providing athletic trainers for every Rapids Youth Soccer tournament.
  • Sponsoring the Athletic Training Room and the Plyometric and Injury Prevention Area at The Eddy, with a focus on injury prevention and recovery.
  • Improving access to medical care throughout the state of Colorado, including information on the nearest clinics or virtual visit services.



Meet CRYSC’s Head Athletic Trainer Julie Graves

Julie Graves is Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer Club’s first, full-time Head Athletic Trainer. As a Colorado native, Julie has been around sports her entire life. She was a gymnast until ninth grade, and then pursued being a Student Athletic Trainer throughout high school until she graduated from D’Evelyn High School in Lakewood, CO. Julie attended and graduated college at Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training. She then moved to southern California to attend Azusa Pacific University for graduate school. As a graduate assistant, her main sports were men’s soccer, women’s water polo, and men and women’s tennis. Her favorite sport to work with was the men’s soccer team. After earning her Master of Arts in Leadership and Organizational Studies, she moved back to Colorado and was offered the Assistant Athletic Trainer position at Colorado Christian University. She worked with all 15 sports at CCU.

In March 2016, Julie was hired on with University of Colorado Health and CU Sports Medicine as the Head Athletic Trainer for Colorado Storm to build a Sports Medicine Program for the elite soccer club. Julie has now joined the CRYSC through the club merger with Storm. In her spare time, Julie loves exploring all the beautiful places Colorado has to offer and trying new Denver restaurants. She is also an avid Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies fan!

Meet CRYSC’s Medical Director Partners At UCHealth


Rachel Frank, MD, is a team physician for the University of Colorado Buffaloes and University of Denver Pioneers and is co-medical director for CRYSC. Dr. Frank is an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist who focuses on the surgical and non-surgical management of knee, shoulder, and elbow injuries. She is a former Division I Big Ten Collegiate soccer goalkeeper for the University of Illinois and currently assists US Soccer as a team doctor.


Jay Albright, MD, is double board certified in both Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine, and currently serves as the Surgical Director for the Sports Medicine for Young Athletes Program in the Department of Orthopedics at Children’s Hospital Colorado. His research interests include maximizing outcomes for ACL injuries and reducing re-tear rates, particularly in the female athlete.


Michelle Wolcott, MD is an Associate Professor and Sports Medicine fellowship-trained, board certified orthopaedic surgeon at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Her expertise is in the treatment of complex knee, ankle and shoulder problems. Dr. Wolcott serves as team physician for the University of Colorado and University of Denver, assistant team physician for the Denver Nuggets, and is the head team physician for the Colorado Mammoth.

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