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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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[Free] Running Education Series

Prepping for the Mini Marathon or another race this spring? Looking to learn more about running? SVSP is offering a FREE Running Education Series. Beginning January 13, the eight week series will cover all aspects of running from the physical to mental.

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Our Licensed Athletic Trainers and doctors will discuss how to avoid knee and hip pain and reduce your risk for stress fractures. Sports dietitians will share tips for proper meal planning and the importance of good nutrition. A sport & performance psychologist, and avid runner, offers advice on mental toughness and training your brain for a good race. Plus, you’ll get to try an AlterG Treadmill and zip into Normatec Recovery boots.

It’s all free and located locally at St. Vincent Hospital in Carmel. Register now!

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Introducing Dr. Ordaz

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Dr. Dan Ordaz was recently named team physician for Heritage Christian High School, a St.Vincent Sports Performance partner school.

Originally from Ohio, he is a graduate of the St.Vincent Family Medicine Residency and St.Vincent Sports Performance Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship.

Dr. Ordaz’s training in sports medicine included coverage of the Butler University and Marian University athletic departments. He also covered several sports as a team physician for Pike and Roncalli High Schools.  Dr. Ordaz annually provides coverage for major running events including the Carmel Marathon and the Geist half-marathon. In addition, he has covered Big 10 men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, Big 10 Football Championship games and multiple USA Track and Field events.

Dr. Ordaz has a special interest in helping athletes of all sports and levels. An avid runner and endurance athlete, he particularly enjoys the evaluation and management of running injuries.

Dr. Ordaz is board certified in both Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. He is a member of several national organizations including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine. He enjoys spending time with his wife, running, watching movies and various sports.

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Joey Elliott is All About Service

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Service is a value so deeply instilled in Joey Elliott that he almost doesn’t recognize it until others point it out. For the past four years, he’s demonstrated that through his actions as student manager for the Roncalli High School boys basketball team – a job that requires a lot with very little reward.

Not even a tumor in his cervical spine, found the summer before his senior year, could keep him away from the team. In fact, the diagnosis brought him closer to team members and coaches as he leaned on them for support. And despite a risky surgery in Boston that kept him away from school for a month, Joey still managed to earn a 4.13 GPA that semester.

Now a freshman at Marian University in Indianapolis, Joey is continuing this trend of service by pursuing a career in nursing. He hopes to guide and support patients through tough times, just like his nurses did for him.

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Concussion Study Looking for Participants

As concussions continue to plague athletes, we continue to seek answers about prevention and treatment. 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.


If you are a high school athlete (with or without a concussion diagnosis), you could be an important part of this study funded by GE and the National Football League. 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 with a concussion diagnosis 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.


Controls – or those without a history of concussion – should:

  • Be high school athletes who play an organized non-contact sport like cross country, track and field, golf, swimming and diving, tennis, baseball/softball or basketball.
  • Have no history of concussion or head injury.
  • Have no major medical or emotional problems.
  • Have no diagnosed learning or attention problems.
  • Not currently have braces or a permanent retainer.
  • Be fluent in English.


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

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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.


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May Spirit of Sport Honoree – Fishers High School Girls’ Basketball



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When Michael Gaines was named coach of the girls’ basketball team at the newly-established Fishers High School in 2006, he knew that his role would extend far beyond the court. With that in mind, he established the team with a focus on spiritual and mental strength, citizenship and character.



Today, the team develops and practices those values through a strong commitment to community service, participating in a different activity each month of the basketball season. This past season alone, the girls read to elementary school students, adopted a family in need during the holidays, practiced with the local Special Olympics girls’ basketball teams, and hosted a silent auction to raise awareness and funds for multiple cancer-focused foundations.



Through these various projects, Coach Gaines sees his players grow personally, bond as a team and develop a true sense of self, community and gratitude — all while giving back and helping others.

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Fuel your Body for a Marathon

It’s Marathon Season in Indiana. The Carmel Marathon, Mini-Marathon and Geist Half are all coming up in the next several weeks. We’ve talked about caring for your body as you train for a distance race before. This blog will focus on fueling your body before, during and after the big race.


Lindsay Langford, MS, RD, CSSD, sports dietician at St.Vincent Sports Performance has plenty of tips on on how you can eat to excel.


Day Before the Race

The morning before your race day, try eating a meal similar to what you want to eat race morning. This helps your body get used to the meal and you’re not shocking your body by feeding it something new before the race. Breakfast should be composed of mostly carbohydrates with a little protein. Some options include bagels with peanut butter or fruit with some yogurt.


Carbo-loading can be a good way to retain energy during the race. However, make sure you don’t exceed your normal caloric intake. The key is replacing some of your proteins and fat with carbohydrates, not adding mounds of pasta and bread on top of your regular meals. For marathons, you can start carbo-loading a couple of days before the race. The traditional spaghetti dinner the night before the race is still a great idea! Sub sandwiches, baked potatoes or sweet potatoes are also good options.


Race Day

Breakfast/Pre-Race – You’ll want to eat breakfast two to three hours before the race and and wash it down with 20 oz of fluid. Just like the day prior, start your day with something carb-heavy with a small amount of protein. Other options besides the ones listed above are bagels with eggs or a bowl of oatmeal. If you’re running in a busy race (with lots of other runners) and you need to get in a corral early, grab a sports drink or a gel to have 20-30 minutes before your start time.


Race – During the race, you’ll lose a lot of water through sweat, so make sure you hydrate early and often. Drink 6-12 oz of fluid every 15-20 minutes. Try swinging by the water stations every mile to regularly get a few ounces of liquid in your body. Starting at the 30-minute mark, consume 30-60 mg of carbohydrates (one to two gels or three to six gummies/blocks) every hour.


After the Race – Once you’ve crossed the finish line – congratulations, by the way! – your focus is replacing the fluids you lost during the race. You can lose from two to five lbs during a marathon or from one to four during a half-marathon. For each pound you lost, drink 16-24 oz of fluid. If it’s an especially hot race, or you’re a heavy sweater, you probably lost more weight and need to re-hydrate properly. Grab a banana or another protein snack on your way back to the car. Your next meal should be protein and carbohydrate heavy, like a sub sandwich or a protein shake and chicken.


Learn more about Lindsay and SVSP’s Performance Nutrition here. If you fuel your body right, it will reward you during the race!


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February Spirit of Sports Honoree: Jesse Smith

For Jesse Smith, sports is in his blood. His family is full of athletes and he boasts a strong competitive spirit. Beyond that, he loves helping people with creativity and service. Jesse learned early that, “you should put in more than you expect to receive,” and he is involved in a number of athletic activities that raise attention and money for area charities. The 5k Family Fun Run he started with his siblings in 2012 has raised close to $10,000 for the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St Vincent. He hopes to increase the give after this April’s event.


Jesse is headed to Butler University this fall after graduating from Carmel High School where he will double major in broadcast journalism and elementary education. He has called 158 games in his high school broadcast career and hopes to continue that professionally. Whether he calls any games at the next level or not, you can bet he will continue impacting lives through athletics for a very long time.


You can nominate someone in your life on our Facebook page.



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January Spirit of Sport Honoree – Westfield High School Football

Spirit of SportCongratulations to the Westfield High School Football Team – the January Spirit of Sport Honoree!


The Spirit of Sport Awards honor student-athletes, managers, athletic trainers, coaches, administrators and industry leaders off the field who embody SVSP’s Core Values — Service of the Poor, Reverence, Integrity, Wisdom, Creativity and Dedication.


The January Spirit of Sport Award Honoree — the Westfield High School football team — brings those values to life. The team, in addition to being the 2013 IHSAA 5A State Runner-Up , is dedicated to volunteering and improving the community through efforts such as Habitat for Humanity, Henryville tornado cleanup and raising money for relief in Haiti. One fundraising effort this year even sought to aid a player at a rival school and his family after enduring a tragic loss during the season.


This team’s efforts are exactly the type of unsung virtues SVSP is committed to honoring through the Spirit of Sport Awards — those who use sport as a platform to better themselves and their communities.


Learn more about the Westfield Football team’s dedication to serving others.



Nominate a deserving athlete, manager, coach or member of the sports community you know for a Spirit of Sport Award.


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