Quick Tips from our Experts

Want some great tips, but don’t have a lot of time? Follow us on Instagram at @definingsports. Here’s a sample of some of the quick “Instatips” we offer on Instagram from Sports Dietician Lindsay Langford, MS, RD, CSSD and Performance Specialist Jeff Richter, CSCS, USAW.







SVSP Football Alums in the League

Over the last several years, SVSP has trained dozens of former college athletes during the run-up to each spring’s NFL draft. September is here, training camps are done, and the 53-man rosters are set heading into Week 1 of the 2014 NFL season.

Since the 2011 pre-draft program, there are eight SVSP-trained athletes on active NFL rosters and four more on practice squads. Whether you’re watching the Colts, your favorite team or getting football overload with Sunday Ticket, keep your eyes peeled for SVSP athletes. It shouldn’t be too hard, there’s at least one in six games this weekend! Up first are the 2014 pre-draft program graduates.

Alex Bayer, tight end, #82 for the St.Louis Rams

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Shelby Harris, defensive end, #75 for the Oakland Raiders

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Dez Southward, safety, #41 for the Atlanta Falcons

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Zurlon Tipton, running back, #37 for the Indianapolis Colts

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Also from the 2014 class, Keith Wenning, quarterback, is on the Baltimore Ravens practice squad. Josh Andrews, guard, and Colton Underwood, linebacker, play together on the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad.


Looking at the 2013 pre-draft program grads, Jack Doyle, tight end #84, plays for the Indianapolis Colts.


The 2012 class boasts Ronnie Hillman, running back #23 for the Denver Broncos and Kelvin Beachum, tackle #68, on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tackle Andrew McDonald is on the Carolina Panthers practice squad and Sean Baker, defensive back is a member of the Atlanta Falcons practice squad.


Back to 2011, Dan Fletcher, linebacker #50 plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


We wish the best of luck this season to all the athletes that trained at SVSP! Let’s go football!

Concussion Study Looking for Participants

As concussions continue to plague athletes, we continue to seek answers about prevention and treatment. If you are a high school athlete and have been diagnosed with a concussion in the past month, you could be an important part of a study funded by GE and the National Football League.


Researchers at IU School of Medicine are using MRI and neuropsychological assessments to investigate how brain blood flow is altered after concussion and its impact on cognitive function in order to improve future treatment of concussed athletes. In addition to an MRI brain scan, participants will complete paper and pencil assessments to test memory, attention and problem solving skills.


The study requires two visits about six weeks apart, each lasting about 6-8 hours. Participants will be compensated $200 for their time.

Participants should:

  • Be high school athletes who have had a concussion in the past month.
  • Be fluent in English.
  • Be in good physical health.
  • Have no history of neurological illness or major medical issues.
  • Have no history of psychiatric illness or substance abuse.
  • Not currently have braces or a permanent retainer.


For more details or to enroll in the study, please contact research coordinator Jessica Bailey at 317-963-7516 or jnadkins@iupui.edu.

SVSP Adds Office in St.Vincent Fishers

St.Vincent Sports Performance is continuing its expansion on September 2, with the opening of a new physician office in Fishers, Ind. This new office, located within St.Vincent Fishers Hospital, will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon.


There’s also a walk-in clinic for acute or minor injuries Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The location also has walk-in hours from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturdays through the fall to service student-athletes from middle school to college who suffer in juries during the latter part of the week and don’t want to wait until the following Monday. For more on the Saturday walk-in clinic, check out this blog story.


St.Vincent Fishers is located at 13681 Olio Road, Fishers, IN and the SVSP office is Suite 302. To make an appointment, call 317.415.5795.


SVSP’s primary locations are at 8227 Northwest Blvd #160, Indianapolis and 14455 Clay Terrace Blvd., Carmel. The Clay Terrace location is nearing its one year anniversary this September.

Little League Umpire Tom Sauer named July Spirit of Sport Honoree


Season after season, Tom Sauer has dedicated the majority of his life to umping Little League Baseball. Not only does he make the calls, he uses the opportunity to teach the kids about sportsmanship and teamwork, serving as a father figure to many. So much so that despite not having any children of his own, he still receives Father’s Day cards each year.

For Tom, being on that field is inspiring. It’s an outlet for when work or life gets a little too hectic. When he was diagnosed with liver cancer a couple years ago, he heeded the doctor’s advice for treatment but turned to the field to help him cope and heal mentally.

Now, thanks to his 39 years of dedication, Tom has been selected to ump the legendary 2014 Little League World Series at Williamsport. As one of 16 to be selected across the globe, it is quite the honor.

Nominate someone you know for a Spirit of Sport Award by visiting https://a.pgtb.me/Kq20zP.

SVSP Opens Saturday Morning Injury Clinic

SVSP is proud to announce a new Saturday Morning Injury Clinic to help care for fall sports athletes.


Beginning on Saturday, August 16, Injury Clinics open at SVSP Northwest (located at 8227 Northwest Blvd #160, Indianapolis 46278) and St.Vincent Fishers (13861 Olio Road Fishers suite 302, Indiana 46037) from 8-10 a.m. through the fall season.


The Saturday Morning Injury Clinics are focused on acute injuries that occur during Friday night games/practices. This provides a place for athletes to visit for urgent evaluation by SVSP sports medicine physicians without having to wait until the following week. These Saturday walk in clinics are planned to run through mid-November. Both locations will have physicians on site to evaluate athletes and their injuries. Should the injury require it, their are X-Ray machines at both sites.


SVSP will continue its walk-in clinics on weekdays from 8-10 a.m. throughout the year at the Northwest and Clay Terrace (14455 Clay Terrace Blvd., Carmel) locations. These times are also for acute injuries that happen after hours that are too urgent to be scheduled. Parents of athletes can schedule an appointment for non-urgent acute or chronic injuries at any location by calling 415-5795.


Indiana Sports Corp Honors Ralph Reiff

Congratulations to St.Vincent Sports Performance executive director Ralph Reiff, who received Indiana Sports Corporation’s 2014 Difference-Maker Award for his immeasurable impact and volunteer support of the organization’s mission over so many years.


Reiff was presented with the award today at the annual Pathfinder Awards Luncheon in front of peers and colleagues of the Indianapolis sports community.


“Ralph is one of Indiana Sports Corp’s true ambassadors and champions,” said Allison Melangton, Indiana Sports Corp president. “He is a true community asset and has played an integral role in our success over the past few decades. Ralph helps us in the planning stages of events and manages talented volunteers and partners on-site. At the end of the day, Ralph’s work has provided for an unparalleled athlete experience, and that is at the heart of what we hope to accomplish with Indiana Sports Corp events.”

As a licensed athletic trainer, Reiff has been serving athletes and teams for more than 30 years. After graduating from the University of Indianapolis, he began his career at Butler University, managing all aspects of athlete care while developing the athletic trainer curriculum for the University, before moving to St.Vincent and opening the doors to St.Vincent Sports Performance in 2001.


Throughout his career, he has managed the medical aspects of countless NCAA events, including three Men’s Final Four Basketball Championships; the 1988 and 1996 USA Track & Field Olympic Trials; the 2003 FIBA World Basketball Championships; and served as medical director for the 2004 FINA Swimming World Championships and multiple USA Track Outdoor Championships.


“The Indiana Sports Corp and the city of Indianapolis have provided a unique platform for me over the past 36 years,” said Reiff. “I have simply done my part on a daily basis to use the talents provided to me. I place a high, high value on the ISC and to be recognized by this organization is just wonderful.”


In 1996, Reiff was the manager of athlete care for the Centennial Olympic Games, requiring an 18-month stint of planning, implementation and management of all medical and performance operations in Atlanta.


Reiff has been honored as a Sagamore of the Wabash, recognized as a Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer in Indiana, and inducted into the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame. In 2013, he was inducted into the prestigious National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame.


SVSP staffers often have a string of letters after their names. Some are shorter and more commonly known, like MD. And others take up a large chunk of the alphabet and not as popularly understood, like CSCS, USAW or HSPP. You may have often wondered what they all mean. Did you figure out the acronym we made up for the blog title – it stands for Do You Know Your Acronyms? There are so many acronyms in training, psychology, medicine and nutrition, even those in those fields may not have them all down pat. The Defining Sports Performance Blog is here with the answers to all the abbreviated degrees, certifications and classifications befitting our staff!


ATC: Certified Athletic Trainer

CES: Clinical Exercise Specialist

CSCS: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

CSSD: Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics

HSPP: Health Service Provider in Psychology

EDD: Doctor of Education

LAT: Licensed Athletic Trainer

MA: Master of Arts

MBA: Master of Business Administrationt

MD: Medical Doctor

M.Ed.: Master of Education

MS: Master of Science

PES: Performance Enhancement Specialist

PHD: Doctor of Philosophy

PRN: Practicing Registered Nurse

PT: Physical Therapist

PTA: Physical Therapist Assistant

RD: Registered Dietician

RN: Registered Nurse

USAW: USA Weightlifting Certificate


Hopefully this alphabetic lesson helps you understand the rigorous amounts of training, studying and education the staff at SVSP has gone through – and continues to go through- enabling them to define sports performance.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Named June Spirit of Sport Honoree


In a sport where just half a second can mean the difference between a win and a loss, teams are constantly looking for that extra edge. For Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM), that means focusing on improving all areas of performance — at the track, in the garage and in the weight room. Employing the expertise of coaches, nutritionists and sports psychologists at St.Vincent Sports Performance, the SPM team works tirelessly to train their bodies, improve their diets, and prepare their minds for the challenge of each race.

Despite a five-month-long season, SPM works for each tenth of a second seven days a week, 358 days a year. (They do reward themselves with one week off after the season). During a race week, the team will typically log between 60-80 hours a week, but no one complains — they’re all working toward a common goal. It’s that dedication and competitive drive that has brought the team two wins, one pole and eight Top 5 finishes so far this year. Undeterred by being a small and young team in the Verizon IndyCar Series, SPM remains in the hunt for the 2014 championship.

Nominate someone you know for a Spirit of Sport Award by visiting https://a.pgtb.me/Kq20zP.

Get to Know Dr. Oiness

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Kacey Oiness, Ph.D., was named a sport & performance psychologist at St.Vincent Sports Performance in June. Dr. Oiness grew up as a gymnast and competed collegiately at Iowa State. It was there when she fully realized her passion for psychology and began following that career path. She was the Big 12 Conference Floor Champion, a three-time NACGW Academic All-American and was named to ESPN The Magazine’s Academic All-District VII list.


After finishing up at Iowa State, Dr. Oiness attended  Colorado State, where she earned a Master’s and Ph.D. in counseling psychology. The program didn’t have a sport psychology focus, so she took extra classes and sought out other experts in that field to build her experience. In psychology, budding doctors go through an internship matching process and Dr. Oiness landed at the Oklahoma Health Consortium. There, she spent half her time in the Oklahoma University (OU) athletics department and half in the school’s counseling center, gaining valuable experience in and out of athletics. She stayed on at OU during the next year as a post-doctoral fellow before being hired as assistant director of psychological resources for the University of Oklahoma Athletics Department.


During her time at OU, she worked with the Sooner athletes, coaches, trainers and other staff. “The atmosphere was great as was working with athletes who have such a high level skill, but are still willing to come in and do whatever they can to make themselves better.”

She’s really looking forward to working with clients of all ages in a variety of sports as she begins her time at St.Vincent Sports Performance. Additionally, Dr. Oiness will work with the athletes, personnel and teams at Purdue University Athletic Department on a regular basis.


Dr. Oiness also dove in high school before moving her focus to gymnastics. These days, Dr. Oiness has a love for running and has completed multiple half-marathons. She’s got an eye out for her next race soon!


Visit SVSP online for more on our Performance Psychology offerings or view a factsheet here.