The Seattle Mariners began Spring Training on Sunday, February 28 and a Polyclinic provider will be assisting the players with their medical needs. Dr. Christina Wong, a sports medicine specialist at The Polyclinic, will be one of the team physicians during the Mariners’ preseason.
The role is a dream come true for Dr. Wong, a life-long Mariners fan. “I grew up attending games with my family at the King Dome and Safeco Field (now T-Mobile Park),” Dr. Wong said. “Being a baseball and Mariners fan is one of the many reasons I am looking forward to helping the team this March.”
Dr. Wong has a long history of working with the organization. As a medical student, she built a great relationship with the organization in various medical roles. She also worked with the Tacoma Rainiers, the Mariners AAA team, during her three year residency. Her love and passion for sports extends beyond baseball as well. She has worked with the Seattle Marathon, Virginia Tech athletics, Rat City Roller Derby, Seattle Dragons of the XFL, and local high school football teams as a sideline physician.
As one of the team physicians for Spring Training, Dr. Wong will be assisting players with their general, non-surgical medical needs. Dr. Wong is looking forward to building relationships with the players to get them ready for the regular season. “Being a sports medicine provider, I love being out in the action on the sidelines,” she said. “Whether it’s on the field, in the locker room, or at batting practice, providing medical care that expedites a player’s ability to get back on the field is so rewarding.”
With the COVID-19 pandemic going on Dr. Wong says the organization will be extra cautious during Spring Training to make sure everyone is safe. She’s traveled to Arizona to join the team on Saturday, February 27. Dr. Wong will be working with the team from February 27 to March 8, and return to The Polyclinic on March 9.
So what is Dr. Wong most looking forward to at Spring Training? “I’m excited to see many of the new, young players on the team. It looks like we have a bright future,” she said. “There is nothing better than the sunshine, smell of fresh cut grass, and sound of cleats on the dirt and baseballs flying off the bat. Baseball’s back!”
Congratulations Dr. Wong and good luck at Spring Training. Go Mariners!
Dr. Christina Wong sees patients at The Polyclinic Ballard and Downtown clinics. She is accepting new patients and her office can be reached at 206-860-5584.