Walk-in Clinics

Injured from physical activity or organized sports? Injuries happen and most don’t need ER care. St. Vincent Sports Performance clinics are available for anyone. See us today and get back out there!

Here’s what you need to know:

Saturday Clinics
WHERE: SVSP Clay Terrace and Fishers
WHEN: 8:00am-10:00am

*Weekday Walk-In Clinics
WHERE: All Three SVSP Physician locations (Fishers, Clay Terrace and Northwest)
WHEN: 8:00am-10:00am

*Walk-in clinics are for acute injuries ONLY. Chronic issues should schedule an appointment: call us at 317-415-5795.

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SVSP Strength and Conditioning Coaches

Have you met our strength and conditioning staff? Our coaches have the experience and expertise to take your performance to the next level. Wherever you are in your journey, they will help you maximize your potential on the field of play. Our coaches give you the same tools and attention that professional athletes receive. What are you waiting for?

Brandon Johnson

 

Greg Moore

 

Jaime Waymouth

 

Emily Burgess

 

David Williams

 

Stephanie Young

 

Jeff Richter

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The Thrill of the Victory and the Agony of Defeat

I’m sure that many of you can recall watching the introduction to ABC’s The Wild World of Sports and hearing Jim McKay say,” The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat”. This past week I had the privilege of working with a number of USA Track and Field athletes as they pursued their dream of making this year’s Olympic Team.

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I saw the thrill of victory when the world’s best times were posted by LaShawn Merritt and English Gardner. I witnessed the thrill of seeing Trayvon Bromell, Sandi Morris, Emily Infeld and Colleen Quigley overcome injury to make the Olympic Team.

I saw the agony of defeat when Molly Ludlow, Leah O’Connor and Georganne Moline had to deal with circumstances out of there control and were unable to make the team. Everyone felt an overwhelming sense of sadness and gratitude when track and field icons Sanya Richards Ross, Dee Dee Trotter and Adam Nelson failed to make the Olympic Team and announced their retirement. We will always remember their influences in the sport we love.

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Americans love watching and participating in sports for the thrill we get when we are victorious. We keep coming back when we experience the agony of defeat. I feel very honored and blessed to assist athletes as they strive to reach their goals and feel the thrill of their accomplishments.

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Prepping for Game One

Hello from Harbin, China!  We made it!

That was easily the longest travel day I have ever been a part of.  Here’s a brief timeline of the last 36 hours:

  • June 24 9:30am Kean University – meet to load buses
  • 10:45am depart for JFK
  • 12pm arrive at JFK, unload buses, and begin flight check in
  • 5pm flight departs JFK
  • 1:30am local time (+12hrs) land in Harbin
  • 3am local arrive on campus, unload buses, room check in
  • 4:30am unpack/settle into room
  • 7:30am breakfast

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It’s been a crazy whirlwind, and now after being here for a little more than 24hrs, the focus shifts to recovery and gearing up for our first game in two days.  Nearly 30,000 tickets have already been sold for our game vs. Austria.

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While the coaches use these next couple of days to fine tune the game plans, Chad and I will use them to try and do the same for the athletes.  Rest, recovery, hydration, nutrition, treatments – they all play an important role in our success as we adapt to our new surroundings and get ready for game one vs. Austria.

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USA Football takes China

SVSP is once again on the road with one of our partners.  This time we are assisting USA Football’s U19 National Team.  We’re nearly through training camp, and will be heading to Harbin, China on June 24th.  This will be my third opportunity to travel overseas with USAF, and I am excited to have Chad Gabbard along for the ride this time.

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In my opinion, football is the most complex team sport there is.  It always amazes me how well these coaches can take players from all over the country who have never played together and form them into a team in such a short time.  It also amazes me how some of these kids have had little or no interaction with an Athletic Trainer.  It’s always such a great feeling helping these players perform at the level they are capable of.  Often times, doing nothing more than a simple treatment is all it takes before they realize how much it helps.

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Two-a-day practices are never fun, especially when it’s hot and humid like it has been during this camp. Those practices are necessary, however, to building a strong team.  To help these players stay healthy and watch them compete is the best part of our job.  This will become even more important once we reach China, where we are playing four games in just 13 days.  Add to that a 16-hour flight, 12-hour time difference, unfamiliar food and culture, and it can be very challenging to keep these guys healthy and ready to play.  Chad and I are up for that challenge, and we are excited and honored to be a part of another Gold Medal run with USAF.

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Extreme Sports

Track and field isn’t an extreme sport like base jumping, kite boarding or mountain climbing. This week, however, I was in a world of extremes.

In one week I went from Florida heat that reached 105 degrees, to Park City Utah, where we ran in long sleeves and 49 degree temperatures. From sea level to an altitude of 7000 feet. From sprinters to distance runners.

The common theme amongst these athletes is that they push their bodies to extremes. They all push themselves continuously in the pursuit of athletic performance. Sprinters are always on the verge of tearing their bodies up as they explode out of the blocks and go as hard as they can. All this physicality for an opportunity to compete again later in the day or a few days later in the finals. The distance runners log hours of running in a week. They vary the intensity of workouts, trying to maximize their strength with every repetitive step. These athletes ask their bodies to tolerate 60, 80 or even 100 miles per week in preparation for races measured in minutes.

Emily Infeld and Shelby Houlihan doing repeat 400s on the track at the University of Utah

Emily Infeld and Shelby Houlihan doing repeat 400s on the track at the University of Utah

This is the end of my season and the most important part of theirs. I am finished helping them get ready for the USA Olympic Trials in early July. They are about to embark on the most important races of the year. If they can make the USA Track and Field team in July, they have the opportunity to compete for an Olympic medal in early August. I do my job in relative anonymity, they do their job on a world stage for all to see.

When people ask what I do for a living it can be hard to describe. It’s easy to say that I’m a physician and leave it at that, but caring for athletes is what I do. It’s what I love to do. My job is not just seeing athletes when they are injured or ill but trying to help them maintain their health in the pursuit of performance.

Members of the Bowerman Track team do a work out on the track at the University of Utah Matt Hughes (Canada), Mo Ahmed (Canada), Chris Derrick, Ryan Hill, Evan Jager, Lopez Lomong, Andy Bayer, Dan Huling, German Fernandez

Members of the Bowerman Track team do a work out on the track at the University of Utah
Matt Hughes (Canada), Mo Ahmed (Canada), Chris Derrick, Ryan Hill, Evan Jager, Lopez Lomong, Andy Bayer, Dan Huling, German Fernandez

I am blessed to work with some of the greatest athletes in the world. When I see them and especially when I leave I always wish them the best and tell them that I will be watching. Please follow them, reach out to them and tell them you will be watching, too.

 

From Florida this past week

Candyce McGrone | Alexis Love | Isiah Young | Justin Walker | Jeff Demps |

Kaylin Whitney | Justin Gatlin

 

From Utah representing the Bowerman Track Club

Emily Infeld | Colleen Quigley | Shelby Houlihan | Chris Derrick | Andy Bayer

German Fernandez | Ryan Hill | Evan Jager | Dan Huling | Lopez Lomong

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Track and Field Travels

The diversity of track and field impresses me, and the last 10 days did nothing but confirm those feelings.  The Olympic Trials are about 6 weeks away and athletes from all over the country are finalizing their plans, from their workouts to competition schedules.  This week SVSP was dispersed across the globe, caring for athletes competing in Diamond League events from Doha to Shanghai to Rabat to Morocco. Domestically we traveled westward, hitting Portland, Tucson and Austin.  Our personal journey started with the Bowerman Track Club in Portland, where we checked the health and status of the distance runners.

This is Pascal Dobert (also a former Olympian and university of Wisconsin runner) taking part of the Bowerman Track club runners through a workout.

This is Pascal Dobert (also a former Olympian and university of Wisconsin runner) taking part of the Bowerman Track club runners through a workout.

Next up was the Elite Throws Event hosted by the University of Arizona.  This year we witnessed some great throws, including an American record when Gwen Berry threw the hammer 76.31 meters.  This was followed by an 18.99 meter shot put by Jill Williams, putting her at 5th in the world. All this after recently having a child! Georeanne Moline ran the worlds fasted time to date in the women’s 400-meter hurdles at 53.97 seconds, followed closely by Dilaliah Muhammad at 54.64 seconds.  Cyrus Hostetler shined by throwing the javelin over 83 meters.  Distance runner Bernard Lagat showed off his fitness during a workout on the track. He won the 10,000 meters at the Payton Jordan Classic just two weeks ago, and has a legitimate chance to make the USA team at that distance.

Georgeanne Moline races toward the finish line after the final hurdle in he 400 hurdles on the way to a current world best time.

Georgeanne Moline races toward the finish line after the final hurdle in he 400 hurdles on the way to a current world best time.

The trip ended in the heart of Texas with Daryl Woodson and his team of sprinters.  Some of these athletes were in Shanghai just a week before, so we picked up where they left off in treatment. We placed a focus on mechanics for starts and high speed in preparation for the Prefontaine Classic this weekend.

This is Jill Williams on her throw of 18.99 putting her 5th in the world currently. Husband Dustin immediately tweeted out this is her personal post baby best.

This is Jill Williams on her throw of 18.99 putting her 5th in the world currently. Husband Dustin immediately tweeted out this is her personal post baby best.

Days like these reminds us of the great athletes we care for and the great environment we are blessed to work in. When you have time please seek out these athletes on social media and show them your support and support for the USA Track and Field team as they prepare for the Trials and the Olympic games.

From Portland: Andy Bayer | Evan Jager | Chris Derrick | Emily Infeld | Shalane Flanagan | Amy Cragg | Lopez Lomong | Dan Huling | Shelby Houlihan | Andy Bumbalough | Elliot Heath | Ryan Hill | German Fernandez

From Arizona Elite Throws: Gwen Berry | Jill Camerena Williams | Cyrus Hostetler | Michael Lihrman | Darrell Hill | Reese Hoffa | Liz Podominick | Matthias Tayala | Riley Dolezal | Tavis Bailey

From Austin: Michael Rodgers | Michael Tinsley | Natasha Hastings | Mookie Salaam | Bianca Knight | Jasmine Hyder

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Payton Jordan Invitational

Darrell Barnes and I had the opportunity to travel again for USA Track and Field this weekend, attending the historic Payton Jordan Invitational hosted by Stanford University.Each year elite distance runners converge on Palo Alto to take advantage of near perfect running conditions.  Many come here chasing the standard, trying to get an entry into that years qualifying or championship meets.  This year’s event educated me in a unique way, and I continue to learn about the care elite athletes require in their pursuit of success.

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Runners race for a variety of reasons, and the 2016 Payton Jordan Invitational found many runners racing in events that are not their specialty.  Some were using it as a challenging workout while others were working on racing strategies.

 

Many athletes felt that they had not performed up to their expectations, however a common response was not that of disappointment or frustration, but of recognition that this is part of the process.  This is not the goal, but one step of many toward the end result.  Initially my response was one of disappointment for them.  I am used to seeing these athletes, some of them the best in the world, win every event I witness.  But talking to them after the event opened my eyes to the humility they possess, recognizing that this day is but one small part in the process.  In the grand scheme they might not win every race, but they experienced something this weekend that will help them win THE race.

 

For young and developing athletes I feel this is a lesson to heed.  There will be moments in training and competing that don’t feel like improvements.  These moments are important, however.  Each is part of the larger process, part of the completion of the larger goal.  These moments can come in the form of injuries that require large amounts of time off, workouts that inflict pain, or races that fall short of the desired result.

 

This weekend we heard several explanations as to why performances on didn’t look good on paper, but the common theme was a humble respect for the process.  Respect for the plan their coach has outlined.  Respect for the steps it takes to be truly great at something.  Respect for competitors; something we can all learn from.

 

The Olympic Games are less than 100 days away.  Please support these athletes as they pursue glory and gold in 2016.

Bowerman Track Club | Dan Huling | Chris Derrick | Evan Jager | Lopez Lomong |

Shelby Houlihan | Andy Bayer (Indiana native) | German Fernandez | Colleen Quigley |

Emily Infeld | Amy Cragg | Shalane Flanagan | Ryan Hill | Laura Roesler | Dana Mecke |

Kendra Chambers | Jesse Jorgensen

 

 

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Recover Quickly with Omega-3s

While many of us have heard of omega-3-fatty acids being great for heart health, more and more research is demonstrating omega-3s benefits for athletic purposes as well.  What are some of those benefits, and how do you increase your omega-3 consumption?  Read on to find out.

 

One of the biggest athletic benefits of consuming a diet higher in omega-3s is a quicker recovery time.  Most athletes like to “feel the burn” to some extent, but no one likes being sore for too long.  Omega-3s help fight inflammation, which can help decrease muscle soreness after a workout.  Not only does the decrease in inflammation help with decreasing muscle soreness, but it also helps improve tissue repair, another important aspect of recovery.

 

Omega-3s help alleviate muscle soreness by improving blood flow as well.  Omega-3s have been shown to promote blood flow to muscles during exercise, which aids in decreased soreness, reduced swelling, and increased range of motion post-exercise.

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For those athletes looking to improve body composition, increasing omega-3s in the diet may help.  Studies have shown that increasing omega-3s helps improve insulin sensitivity, which in turn helps promote using fat in muscle as fuel (“burning fat”) while also limiting fat storage and sparing glycogen/glucose as an energy substrate.  In other words, omega-3s can help you maintain lean muscle mass while decreasing fat mass.

 

Athletes shouldn’t discount the cardiovascular benefits that omega-3s provide, either. Omega-3s can help reduce heart rate during exercise, which means there is a decreased feeling of exertion during workouts, allowing the athlete to “go harder, longer”.

 

So what foods are great sources of omega-3s and how much do you need?  Aim for consuming 1000mg-2000mg of high quality omega-3s (EPA and DHA) daily.  This is the equivalent of consuming about 6oz. of fatty fish (think salmon, trout, fresh tuna, herring, mackerel, sardines, and oysters) every other day. Other great food sources of omega-3s include avocado, eggs (the yolk), pumpkin seeds, walnuts, flax seed, and chia seeds.  Another option is to take a fish oil or omega-3 supplement.  If you’re going the supplement route, look for a supplement that contains at least 1000mg of omega-3s with the majority of those omega-3s coming from a combination of DHA and EPA.

 

From helping combat muscle soreness to aiding in body composition, omega-3s pack a powerful punch.

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The Road to Rio Continues

Everyone probably feels like they are giving their best effort at their athletic pursuits. But are you truly?

 

The Road to Rio takes zero days off,so this week, we spent time with sprinters in Florida and distance runners in Colorado. Although these groups are different in racing distance and location, they have a few things in common.

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Working with both groups for years, we know the athletes, their ailments and their movement patterns well. They have bought into what we believe and trended in the right direction over the years. What do we believe? That all athletes need to move with control of basic patterns before expecting their bodies to perform well. These athletes do what we recommend and listen to others about the importance of mastering movement patterns, owning their own bodies before they put in loads of work through their training week and asking it to perform.

 

All that being said, what I believe they do is the little things. I bet they hate to do the little things, but they do them. I predict they think some of them are silly, but they do them. I wonder if they question why they do them, but they do them.

 

And all these little things are making them better. As individuals, they look as good as I have ever seen them look. As Rio approaches, it’s good to see them on the way up. The season is coming and will not wait for them to “work on it”.

 

Are you taking the time to do the little things?  Everyday? Someone else is doing them and they might be lining up against you. They might have the advantage.

 

Please follow these athletes as they pursue the Olympic Trials and Olympic Games in 2016.  They appreciate your support:

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