IVCH Sports Medicine

Comprehensive Medical Care for Athletes of All Ages

There's no way to score if you're not in the game. The IVCH sports medicine staff is ready to tackle your sports injuries! Our winning team sees any individual— including high school, college, and recreational athletes— who has sustained an injury during practice or competition.

The sports medicine team can help with the prevention and treatment of ACL and MCL injuries, labral tears, concussions and stress fractures, with balanced options for training and recovery for hips, knees, feet and ankles. The clinic is accepting new patients and does not require a physician’s referral, though your insurance carrier may require preauthorization before your visit.

We currently cover the following local athletic programs:

  • Illinois Valley Community College
  • LaSalle-Peru Township High School
  • Mendota High School
  • Putnam County High School
  • LaSalle-Peru Youth Football League

Athletic Performance Enhancement

The IVCH performance enhancement program is for athletes who want to improve all aspects of their athletic ability. You'll work with an athletic trainer who will tailor a program to the specific performance areas that you want to work on. And we can help you improve specific skills in the sport (or sports) that you play.

What Can I Expect On The First Day?

We'll start by doing an initial evaluation for:

  • General strength
  • Flexibility
  • Dynamic strength
  • Quickness
  • Vertical jumping
  • Core stability

Based on the findings from your evaluation, we'll create a personalized performance enhancement program for you that includes helping you set realistic performance goals. As your improvement sessions begin, we'll emphasize using the proper technique while doing your exercises so you get the most benefit.

What Can I Expect On The Last Day?

At the conclusion of the program, we'll do a final evaluation to determine the gains you've made. This final assessment will cover the same areas that we measured during your initial evaluation. We'll then give you recommendations on what you should focus on as you prepare for your sport's coming season.

How Much Does The Performance Enhancement Program Cost?

The fee for each one-hour, semiprivate session in the IVCH performance enhancement program is $20. You can sign up for either 10 sessions ($200) or 20 sessions ($400). A $100 deposit is required when you enroll.

Video Motion Analysis for Running is $75 for assessment and corrective exercises. $30 if additional 30-minute sessions are needed.

Who Do I Contact For More Information?

Please call 815.780.3509 for any questions you may have regarding the performance enhancement program at IVCH.

Treatment for Concussions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions are sustained yearly, with a growing trend targeting younger, middle school athletes. You might feel fine other than a headache, but untreated concussions can have delayed, significant symptoms. In fact, every concussion impacts the way your brain functions. If left untreated, concussions can cause long-lasting impacts.

The IVCH Concussion Management Clinic is ready to help you stay ahead of the injury. Headed by Dr. David O’Donnell, our team of health care professionals are focused on providing quick, responsive concussion care in addition to baseline testing and education for our surrounding communities.

What is a concussion?

The CDC defines a concussion as a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.

Concussion Assessment

Our concussion management health care team will perform extensive neurocognitive tests to determine if a TBI occurred. The use of CT scans assists us in seeing a detailed picture of your brain. We also perform a variety of tests that assess your brain function ranging from memory skills, attention span, concentration and problem solving.

Athletic Concussions

As concussion numbers rise in our youth, so does the progression to provide stringent guidelines for athletes who have sustained concussions wishing to return to play. We are a credentialed provider of ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). As an ImPACT provider, we have access to the most state-of-the-art computerized concussion evaluation system. This program assists our health care providers in making the most informed decision on a safe return to play, thus limiting the likelihood of a long-term injury.

How Do I Know If I Have A Concussion?

Symptoms of concussions can come in a variety of different forms. If you have experienced a head injury, seek medical care for official diagnosis. Some signs of a concussion can be:

  • Physical – Headache, nausea, vomiting, balance problems, dizziness, visual problems, fatigue, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to noise, numbness/tingling, feeling dazed or stunned
  • Cognitive – Feeling mentally foggy or slowed down, difficulty concentrating or remembering, forgetful, confused, answers questions slowly, repeats questions
  • Emotional – Irritability, sadness, overemotional, nervousness
  • Sleep – Drowsiness, sleeping more or less than normal, trouble falling asleep

To learn more about concussion management and education or to be seen for a concussion evaluation, please call us at 815.780.3509.