Nebraska Athletic Medicine
The 2006-07 season marked the beginning of a new era at Nebraska with the opening of the Huskers' spacious and technologically advanced Athletic Medicine Center within the Charles and Romona Myers Performance Center.
Now in the spacious Athletic Medicine Center within the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex, the care provided to Nebraska student-athletes continues to rank among the best in the country.
Perhaps the finest collegiate athletic medicine facility in the nation, the new Athletic Medicine Center is four times the size of its previous home inside the South end of Memorial Stadium.
The Athletic Medicine Center now features a hydrotherapy area that includes a three-level laned pool, which allows student-athletes across all of Nebraska's sports to work out simultaneously. The Hydroworx 1000 Treadmill Pool is equipped with two cameras underwater for evaluation and assessment, while hot and cold plunge tanks are also available to the Huskers.The state-of-the-art hydrotherapy areas allow the Huskers to engage in rehabilitation and conditioning programs under the direct supervision of Nebraska's medical and training staff.
In addition to impressive hydrotherapy areas, the Athletic Medicine Center welcomes a new X-ray room complete with hospital-grade equipment. The Center also provides private areas for physical exams, an emergency medical procedures room, a licensed pharmacy, rooms designated for drug testing, braces and rehabilitation supplies and dental appliances.
The new Athletic Medicine Center, paired with one of the most knowledgable and experienced medical and training staffs in the country, make Nebraska the leader in personal care in college athletics.
Nebraska's Athletic Medicine staff is led by Chief of Staff Pat Clare, MD. Dr. Clare is a nationally-respected orthopaedic surgeon, in his 34th year of serving Husker athletics. A former NU football player and one of Nebraska's first academic All-Americans, Dr. Clare has a special understanding of the medical needs of college student-athletes.
Dr. Clare is assisted by team orthopaedists Scott Strasburger, M.D., a former NU football player who was also an academic All-American at Nebraska, and David Clare, M.D. Orthopaedic specialty services are provided through scheduled evening clinic visits and on immediate referral in urgent situations.
Lonnie Albers, M.D. serves as the Director of Athletic Medicine. Dr. Albers sees student-athletes with acute illnesses in the medical clinic located in the Athletic Medicine Center in the Osborne Athletic Complex. As a Family Practice physician with attending physician privileges in all three community hospitals in Lincoln, and with experience in coordinating referrals with specialists in all areas of medicine, he is able to respond to the wide variety of medical problems encountered in sports medicine.
Of vital importance to the success of any team is the protection of the athlete from injury, and the rapid return of the injured athlete to full speed. Head Athletic Trainer Jerry Weber has been serving Husker student-athletes and perfecting his skills as a dual certified Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer for more than 30 years.
Weber draws assistance in his efforts from team of veteran certified athletic trainers in Mark Mayer, Brad Brown, Jolene Emricson, Lisa Loewenstein, R.J. Pietig, Jeff Rudy Emily Schueth, Julie Tuttle and Tom Dufresne, physical therapist and athletic trainer.
An important goal of the Athletic Medicine program is to assist student-athletes in overcoming obstacles to their success in sports and in the classroom. The athlete confronted with overwhelming stress, substance abuse, disordered eating, or other impediments to success receives assistance. Nebraska Athletics has assembled a professional team that includes Dr. Larry Widman, Dr. Todd Stull, Dr. Jennifer Bruning-Brown and John Goldrich. The team features both quality and depth in sports perfomance psychiatry, psychology and mental health services offered under the departmen's Athletic Medicine Program. Click here to read more about Nebraska's Mental Health Programming.
Sports massage therapy is a recently added service for athletes recovering from repetitive muscle strain. Amy Seiler, NU's massage therapist, provides sports massage therapy to student-athletes through the Athletic Medicine Center from 9-11:30 a.m. each weekday.
Sports nutrition is another important concern of the Athletic Medicine staff, and Sports Nutritionists Josh Hingst and Lindsey Remmers work with all 23 of Nebraska's sports to educate student-athletes on topics such as gaining weight, losing body fat, staying hydrated, increasing energy and supplement use.
For more information call Athletic Medicine at (402) 472-2276 or send us e-mail.