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
- Dynamic strength
- 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
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.
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.
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