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Sports Medicine

Sports medicine focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to help evaluate, diagnose and treat athletes of all kinds — from high school and college team members to people with activity-related injuries.

In The News

Sports injury clinic offers immediate treatment to athletes in Eau Claire

The Saturday Morning Sports Medicine Clinic starts Aug. 17.

July 29, 2019

From The Blog

Strategies for safe, successful summer race performance

Are you interested in competing in a summer race event? Make sure you are taking the necessary precautions to properly train and prepare your body for the physiological demands of a race.

Andrew Jagim PhD By Andrew Jagim July 23, 2019

Athletic trainer provides sports medicine care

As an athletic trainer, Kiersten Schmidt conducts baseline concussion screenings, evaluates injuries during and after games, and much more. Read about her work with the Mankato MoonDogs and other teams.

June 5, 2019

Why schedule a back-to-school physical before school’s even out?

The current school year may not be over yet, but before you know it, it will be back-to-school season. Instead of waiting until later summer to schedule your child’s physical, now may be a better time.

Jane Byrd, M.D. By Jane Byrd April 17, 2019

Busy mom doesn't let broken wrist — or winter — win

Like most moms, Samantha Kaul doesn’t have time for injuries. But last winter, she slipped on a patch of ice, resulting in breaking her wrist for the second time.

February 22, 2019

Top 5 sports medicine FAQs

Have you ever wondered what a primary care sports medicine physician does differently from other physicians? Read the top five FAQ about sports medicine to learn the answer and more.

Jason Lee DO By Jason Lee January 7, 2019

Back on the field, calling the shots

Nicholas Oeltjen, 24, was no stranger to shoulder pain. So when he heard a pop and a crunch while lifting weights, he immediately knew something was wrong.

October 15, 2018

Collaboration returns girl to ice for tournament play

With hopes of returning to the state tournament her senior year, Maria and her team practiced faithfully. One afternoon while scrimmaging a week before section finals, Maria Haley took a slap shot to the head.

June 7, 2018

How to prevent an ACL injury

Snap, crackle and pop may be welcome sounds at the breakfast table. But when you hear a pop on the playing field, it’s not something to cheer. A torn ACL usually is a season-ending injury.

June 4, 2018

Yoga: Making a name in sports

When you think of yoga, your first thought is probably of a woman in a contorted position. However, it's important to note that yoga is for both men and women, and can be beneficial to young athletes.

Marcia Walker, P.T. By Marcia Walker March 7, 2018

Should I have a hip replacement?

Have you been told you’re eventually going to need a hip replacement? Are you experiencing hip pain from arthritis, an injury or another condition? If you answered “yes,” you probably have questions of your own. Chiefly, “Should I have the operation?"

Eric Busse MD By Eric Busse December 27, 2017
Jacob Ziegler MD By Jacob Ziegler December 27, 2017

The real impact of a concussion

As fall approaches and students prepare to return to school, many look forward to the return of fall and winter sports. However, there are risks associated with sports participation, including concussion.

Russell Bergum DO By Russell Bergum September 1, 2017

Student athletes: Have you gotten your sports physical?

It may be hard to believe, but fall sports are just around the corner. Parents and kids are gearing up for the upcoming athletics season by training, finding the right equipment and signing up for activities. As a reminder, your preparation checklist should also include a pre-participation sports physical.

Robert Freed DO By Robert Freed July 3, 2017