The Bradley University Sports Medicine Team is committed to providing all student-athletes high quality, evidence-based medical care with an emphasis on returning the student-athlete safely and efficiently to competition.
The Bradley University Sports Medicine Department is committed to providing a comprehensive, team approach to the medical needs of the athletic department.
To fulfill this mission, the Sports Medicine staff will:
• Provide athletic training services to all intercollegiate student-athletes sponsored by Bradley
• Remain current with the information and technologies in the Athletic Training, Sports Performance, and Sports Medicine professions
• Maintain strong relationships with the medical community of Peoria
Accountability – maintaining constant contact and communication with the student-athlete, coach, and physician
Integrity – upholding a standard of excellence, seeking help when needed, continually improving skills and knowledge base
Courage – regardless of the situation, the health and well-being of the student-athlete is the priority
Respect – work as a cohesive unit, recognizing the concerns of the student athlete, coach, and other sports medicine team members
Diligence – commit to a consistent protocol, with the highest level of communication, utilizing all avenues and resources to return the student-athlete to their sport in a safe and efficient manner
The Bradley University Sports Medicine staff consists of five full-time athletic trainers – all certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). These five professionals work with the athletes on a daily basis and act as the liaison between the athletes and the following professional staff: three orthopedic surgeons, three internal medicine specialists, a dentist, an optometrist, a chiropractor and a physical therapist.
According to the NATA, certified athletic trainers (ATCs) are unique health care providers who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses that occur to athletes and the physically active. To become a certified athletic trainer one must obtain a degree from a NATA accredited institution and then pass a certification test from the NATA.