Sports Medicine

Springfield Clinic’s sports medicine program encompasses a team approach to meet the needs of the community and provide a full range of medical and physical services to treat athletes of all ages and levels from school (junior high, high school, collegiate) to professional to recreational and fitness enthusiasts.

Springfield Clinic’s Sports Medicine team includes non-operative sports medicine physicians, surgeons, athletic trainers and advanced practitioners all experienced in treating acute and chronic sports-related injuries as well as the management of medical issues related to athletes, including diet, supplements, rehabilitation and exercise training and prevention.

Our sports medicine program includes on-site athletic training at local area schools, educational visits or seminars, as well as clinical diagnosis, assessment and treatment of concussions. Call 217.528.7541 to make an appointment with our Sports Medicine team.

Preseason Physicals and Evaluation

Preseason physicals are usually required for sports participation by schools, summer camps and other organized sporting groups. These evaluations help identify any pre-existing conditions that could affect the type and amount of physical activity for an athlete. Call 217.528.7541 to schedule your sports physical with a sports medicine specialist.

ImPACT Concussion Management

Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, changing the way the brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body causing the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.

Concussions need medical evaluation, whether from an athletic trainer, sports medicine physician, primary care physician or emergency room physician. If concussions are not properly treated, complications, including permanent damage, can result.

Our Sports Medicine team uses ImPACT (immediate post-concussion assessment and cognitive testing) as a helpful tool in concussion management. However, a concussion diagnosis is ultimately based on a thorough medical history and exam findings. It’s important to recognize the signs of concussion; use the drop-down menu below to read more about concussion symptoms.

Physical Signs

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Balance problems
  • Dizziness
  • Visual problems
  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Numbness/tingling
  • Dazed or stunned

Cognitive Signs

  • Feeling mentally foggy
  • Feeling slowed down
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Forgetfull of recent information or conversation
  • Confused about recent events
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Repeats questions

Emotional

  • Irritability
  • Sadness
  • More emotional
  • Nervousness

Sleep

  • Drowsiness
  • Sleeping less than usual
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Trouble falling asleep

Athletic Trainer Locations

Our athletic trainers and sports medicine physicians currently work with the following central Illinois schools:

  • Athens High School
  • Auburn High School
  • Blackburn College
  • Carlinville High School
  • Edinburg High School
  • Glenwood High School
  • Jacksonville High School
  • Lanphier High School
  • Lutheran High School
  • North Mac High School
  • Pawnee High School
  • Pleasant Plains High School
  • Riverton High School
  • Robert Morris University
  • Rochester High School
  • Routt Catholic High School
  • Southeast High School
  • Springfield High School
  • Taylorville High School
  • Tri-City High School
  • University of Illinois Springfield
  • Williamsville High School