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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

Collaboration improves health, well-being of local firefighters

A new program will focus on helping La Crosse firefighters with tactical performance training to improve mobility, strength, speed and endurance.

September 21, 2022
Sports physicals for student athletes offered in Southwest Minnesota

These clinics are for student athletes entering grades 7–12 in the 2022–2023 school year. The physicals provided fulfill Minnesota State High School League sports requirements.

June 8, 2022
Eau Claire Diagnostic Imaging and Sports Medicine Center

Construction will begin in spring on the complex offering sports medicine, imaging and performance training services.

March 8, 2022

From The Blog

Why your IT band can be a pain in the leg

Pain on the outside of your knee may be a warning sign of an iliotibial, or IT, band issue. Learn why rest and early treatment is best instead of pushing past the pain, and how to avoid future injury.

Jacob Erickson DO By Jacob Erickson November 11, 2022

Helping athletes come back after a dislocated shoulder

The shoulder is an amazing joint, but it can become dislocated, especially during sports that involve contact, falls and reaching overhead. Here's what you can expect if it happens.

Scott Kuzma MD By Scott Kuzma August 30, 2022

Don’t let shin splints halt your workout

Experiencing throbbing pain down the front of your lower legs when you work out? You may have shin splints. Learn how to speed your recovery.

Amy Rantala, M.D. By Amy Rantala August 16, 2022

Training tips during your sport's offseason

Injuries caused by repetitive motions and overuse can plague team and individual athletes of any age. Learn how to help prevent these injuries and allow your body to recover.

T. Andrew Israel, M.D. By T. Andrew Israel June 27, 2022

Beat goes on for drummer with calcific tendonitis

After a shoulder injury, avid drummer John DiTulio searched for a less-invasive treatment option and found ultrasonic tenotomy. He hardly skipped a beat after undergoing this nonsurgical procedure.

Jacob Erickson DO By Jacob Erickson May 31, 2022

Is it safe for my kid to take supplements?

Dietary supplements are popular among young athletes with nearly 60% reporting regular use. Get information about research efforts, and gather tips before giving supplements to your young athlete.

Andrew Jagim PhD By Andrew Jagim May 19, 2022

Staying active with joint pain

Don't let joint pain sideline your exercise goals. Two sports medicine experts offer steps for starting and maintaining regular exercise despite those aching knees and shoulders.

Jacob Erickson DO By Jacob Erickson April 27, 2022
Andrew Jagim PhD By Andrew Jagim April 27, 2022

Winter sports care for Olympians, everyday enthusiasts

While most winter sports lovers aren't in the same league as Olympians, their care has some things in common. Learn about those similarities from a U.S. Ski Jumping Team physician.

Alecia Gende DO By Alecia Gende February 9, 2022

To brace or not to brace: What's the best answer?

If you injure your ankle or knee, should you wear a brace to support the joint? A brace can help or hinder your recovery. Here are three questions to consider.

January 20, 2022

5 simple ways to fit a workout into any schedule

Does starting a workout routine seem overwhelming with your busy schedule and long to-do list? Get 5 simple tips for a realistic workout routine.

Alecia Gende DO By Alecia Gende December 23, 2021

Vibrating energy waves ease joint pain

It seems like something out of a sci-fi movie — using a vibrating needle to deliver ultrasonic energy directly to a damaged tendon. Learn about a no-surgery treatment to heal tendon pain.

December 17, 2021

Activity trackers: 5 things to consider

The technology is amazing, and there’s definitely a “cool” factor, but is an activity tracker for everyone? If you’re considering one for yourself or as a holiday gift, here are 5 things to keep in mind.

Craig Bennett MD By Craig Bennett November 23, 2021