Head Athletic Trainer
Sara Bortscheller, MS, ATC, LAT
Email: [email protected]
Assistant Athletic Trainer
The athletic training services at MMC exist to provide student-athletes with an opportunity to participate in intercollegiate athletics in the safest and healthiest environment possible. MMC athletic training services focus on prevention, recognition, evaluation, management, treatment, rehabilitation, and first aid care of injuries and illnesses. The training room is located in the SW corner of Laddie E. Cimpl Arena.
The athletic training staff and coaches work with our team physician in providing the best care and counseling for treatment options. Athletes with injuries and/or illnesses (all medical problems, i.e. colds, viruses, allergies, infections, skin disorders, chest pain) will be evaluated by an athletic trainer and placed on a course of treatment that may include visiting with the team physician, or another physician depending availability of their services and type of injury/illness. Our goal is to offer the medical resources necessary to allow our student-athletes to reach their maximal potential and to return to play as soon as it is medically safe. This is accomplished through the professional relationship and the support of local physicians who specialize in various areas of healthcare relative to sports medicine.
• Physician Services
• Treatment Options
• Rehabilitation Services
• Strength and Conditioning
• Visiting Team Information
• Concussion Protocol
• Forms for New and Returning Athletes
A certified athletic trainer will be present before, during, and after each home varsity event and usually all home junior varsity events. Practices will be covered similarly if there is not a conflict with event scheduling. Morning hours are allocated to evaluation and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses and vary depending upon need. Various taping, first aid, bracing, padding, and other medical equipment and supplies are contained in the training. Crutches, splints, immobilizers, a backboard, and an AED are available for those emergency situations.
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Dr. Weber is a family practice physician at the Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. and has served as a team physician for the Mount Marty College Lancers since 2002 and also works with the Bon Homme Schools. Dr. Weber has a wealth of experience in Sports Medicine having worked the Twin Cities Marathon, National dual Wrestling Championship and with the Sioux Falls SkyForce. He has served as a Clinical Assistant Professor for Sanford School of Medicine and USD. A graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Weber continued with his residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and is board certified through American Boards of Family Practice and Sports Medicine.
Dr. Kudera is an orthopedic surgeon at the Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. He received his orthopedic training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and his medical degree from the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He is a former member of the University of South Dakota men's basketball team where he was a three-time All-Conference performer for three North Central conference championship teams. He was also an honorable mention All-American his senior season, and a two-time first team All-Region selection.
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The athletic training room at MMC is equipped with various modalities for treatment that aid the healing process. These include: ice, hot packs, paraffin bath, two whirlpools, a therapeutic ultrasound unit, and an electrical stimulation unit including four TENS units. Therapeutic massage can be offered if it is deemed beneficial to the health and performance of Lancer athletes. Foam rollers and various devices are available to help with self-administered types of massage.
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MMC rehabilitation services are limited. Usually rehabilitation and evaluation of injuries and illnesses are performed in the morning or early afternoon hours before competition or practices. When additional services or special attention is needed student-athletes are referred to physical therapy at either Yankton Medical Clinic or Avera Sacred Heart Physical Therapy. Rehabilitation can be completed in the training room using the trampoline, medicine balls, physioballs, or small weights, in the weight room using free weights and/or machines as well as an elliptical trainer and stairmaster, or in the Challenge Center with various agility and plyometric equipment to include the Shuttle MVP and Vertimax.
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Strength and Conditioning
Strength and conditioning services may be provided to Lancer teams utilizing current training techniques to improve student-athletes' size, strength, quickness, speed, and power. Our facilities house an overspeed treadmill, power racks with Olympic lifting platforms, other free weight and machine resistance devices and areas speed, agility, and plyometrics.
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Visiting Team Information
Services available include use of facilities for taping and treatments, certified athletic trainer in attendance, and physician readily available on-site or across the street at either Yankton Medical Clinic or the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Emergency Department. There are no athletic training facilities at soccer, baseball, or softball. Treatments must be performed in the training room of Laddie E. Cimpl Arena prior to competitions. Water, cups, ice and bags, biohazard kits, bench towels, and emergency equipment will be available for events. Please send supplies for taping and specific written instructions for treatments if your team is traveling without a certified athletic trainer.
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The MMC Medical Staff is adimant about prevention and safe recovery of all injuries including concussions. All freshman and transfer students are required to take the baseline concussion ImPACT test. This will allow the athletic trainer and physician another means to track concsussion symptons and recovery.
Forms for New and Returning Athletes
All athletes must have completed medical records on file with the Athletic Training Room prior to each academic year. Without the completed forms on file, students will not be allowed to compete as a member of any intercollegiate athletic team at Mount Marty College.
Health History Form
Emergency Contact and Insurance Form