Whether for competition or recreation, Saint Francis Medical Center’s Sports Medicine program has been keeping athletes at their best since 1995. In addition to fostering athletic excellence, Saint Francis’ Sports Medicine team – physicians, certified athletic trainers and licensed physical therapists – has been helping athletes identify, recover from and prevent injuries.
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Athletics are competitive, and everyone is looking for that extra edge. As a proud member of Athletic Republic™ – the world’s premier provider of scientifically based athletic performance training – Saint Francis trains athletes to be the best they can be.
Certified Athletic Republic trainers design individual programs around each athlete’s specific sport’s demands, body type and goals to help reach his or her full potential. Using patented equipment, plyometrics and strength training, athletes increase speed, power and agility.
High school coaches wear many hats–athletic trainers, motivators, teachers, leaders, therapists, role models and more. Now in its seventh year, Saint Francis hosts two Coaches Clinics each year to help them balance those roles to become better athletic coaches. Clinics focus on a variety of topics, including coaching principles, injury prevention and management, team building, sports nutrition, and more.
Past Coaches Clinic presentation topics have included:
- Concussion recognition
- Stretching and hydration
- Weight training
- Injury and injury prevention
- Hip and back injuries
- Coaching for performance
- Avoiding athlete burnout
Free Injury Assessments
By treating injuries and ailments quickly, Saint Francis’ Rehabilitation Services makes it easy for athletes of all ages and levels to reach and maintain peak performance. If you have pain in your shoulder, elbow, knee, hip or foot, a physical therapist or certified athletic trainer will conduct a screening and recommend next steps for recovery by showing you exercises or referring you to a specialist for more treatment.
To schedule a free injury assessment, call 573-331-5153.
Sports Medicine Rehabilitation
Saint Francis Outpatient Rehabilitation offers a full complement of outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy for Sports Medicine:
- Sports physical therapy
- Custom sports arch supports
- Management of non-surgical orthopedic injuries
- Postoperative rehabilitation
- Management of vocal cord dysfunction, often misdiagnosed as exercise-induced asthma
Concussion Clinic and ImPact Testing
The Saint Francis Medical Center Concussion Clinic provides referring physicians with a specialized resource for early follow-up and management of patients who have suffered a concussion. The Concussion Clinic addresses:
- Symptom management
- School or work re-entry
- Return to sports participation
- Ability to return to school, work or sports
- Rehabilitation needs
- Consultation with other healthcare providers
Saint Francis’ also offers ImPACT: Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing. It is the most widely used and scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system offered to athletes of all ages. ImPACT has become the standard in clinical management of concussions. Its neurocognitive testing evaluates athletes’ post-injury condition and tracks recovery for a safe return to play—preventing a concussion’s cumulative effects.
Training Area High Schools
Saint Francis Medical Center is actively involved in athletic training at 14 area schools—working with thousands of athletes every year—to ensure safer athletic programs and more successful student athletes. These trusted athletic trainers are passionate about sports, have built lasting relationships with coaches and schools, and treat their athletes, not just the injuries. We provide sports medicine services at:
- Advance High School
- Cape Central High School
- Chaffee High School
- Delta High School
- Leopold High School
- Meadow Heights High School
- Notre Dame High School
- Oak Ridge High School
- Oran High School
- Saxony Lutheran High School
- Scott City High School
- Southeast Missouri State University
- Woodland High School
- Zalma High School