Excel Sports Medicine, which opened the doors to its first clinic on Burnett Road in Springfield in 2004, will open a second local clinic in the Bob Rosencrans Fitness Center in Wittenberg’s HPER Center on Wednesday, March 1. Located at the east end of the fitness center, which opened on Aug. 1, 2005, the clinic will be equipped with all of the necessary physical therapy instruments. It is open to the general public with referrals from doctors.
While such partnerships have been initiated on other college campuses in recent years, few of the universities involved are as small as Wittenberg, making this a truly unique venture. For the first time, a Wittenberg campus facility will be staffed by physical therapists who can provide complete post-operative physical rehabilitation services.
“What is most exciting for Excel Sports Medicine is that the opening of this clinic on Wittenberg’s campus means student-athletes don’t have to leave Clark County for treatment of sports related injuries,” said Kathy Williams, a former Wittenberg athletic trainer who is now an athletic trainer/marketing coordinator at Excel. “Their orthopedic needs can be conveniently addressed on campus because we now have the highest quality of care right here.”
Excel is leasing the campus space from Wittenberg. The presence of such a facility on campus figures to have the greatest impact upon Wittenberg’s varsity student-athletes. In the past, rehabilitation from sports-related injuries and surgeries often took place miles from Springfield, and then the student-athletes would get additional treatment from the athletic department’s three licensed trainers. Now student-athletes have a convenient way of getting the treatment they need, and Wittenberg’s trainers will have additional resources as they prepare patients for competition again.
“Having Excel on campus will be a tremendous asset to the Wittenberg athletic department, as well as the entire university community,” said Director of Athletics and Recreation Garnett Purnell. “This will be an orthopedic clinic that provides people in need of treatment with knowledgeable doctors and rehabilitation specialists.”
Excel Sports Medicine is affiliated with the renowned Timothy Kremchek, medical director and chief orthopaedic physician for the Cincinnati Reds, and it includes numerous medical specialists. Kremchek, who also serves as medical director for the International Hockey League and as medical director and team orthopedic surgeon for the Cincinnati Cyclones professional hockey team, is a 1981 graduate of Wittenberg. He has served as the orthopedic surgeon for Wittenberg student-athletes for many years.
In addition, Sandra Thompson, Wittenberg class of 1993, is one of three physical therapists on staff at Excel.
- Ryan Maurer
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