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Clinic treats sport injuries, teaches students in training

SMART Clinic students work

Beyond providing additional health services on campus, the SMART Clinic is a valuable learning tool for kinesiology and recreation students.

Students with orthopedic-related injuries can now receive rehabilitation treatment from trained professionals without leaving campus, thanks to the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Therapy (SMART) Clinic.

The clinic opened last fall in McCormick Hall and is available to all students through a referral from the University’s Student Health Services medical staff. There is a $10 fee for each visit. Services include therapeutic rehabilitation for a variety of musculoskeletal, neurological and soft tissue injuries. Students also learn how to prevent injuries.

A large rehabilitation area includes equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of an array of injuries such as strains, sprains, tendonitis, fractures, dislocations, concussions and post-surgical injuries.

The clinic is directed by Kinesiology and Recreation Assistant Professor Justin Stanek. The clinical coordinator of the undergraduate athletic training education program, Stanek is a board-certified and Illinois-licensed athletic trainer.

Clinic staff includes graduate student Ashley Keck, who is also a certified and Illinois-licensed athletic trainer. Several undergraduate athletic training students assist in the clinic under the direction of Stanek and Keck.