Athletic Medicine Institute 
Offered at McLaren Macomb

The Athletic Medicine Institute (AMI) at McLaren Macomb specializes in sports medicine and the treatment, testing and preventive care of sports-related injuries and conditions.

For athletes of all ages and abilities, the team of experts at McLaren's AMI can provide the proper training, as well as the proper assessment to make sure an athlete is healthy enough to play and prepared enough to avoid injuries.

We understand what motivates an athlete – and that’s why we focus on individualized assessment, treatment rehabilitation, and injury prevention for athletes and sport participants of all levels. An expert from our team of specialists will consult with you to assess your needs, and design a comprehensive treatment plan to help you meet your health, fitness, and athletic goals. We’ll educate and work with you along the way to help you prevent injuries, improve your athletic abilities, and maximize your performance. A model treatment plan may include:

  • Range of motion exercises
  • Stretching and strengthening
  • Balance and proprioception exercises
  • Gait training
  • Manual therapy
  • Therapeutic modalities
  • Education and home exercise instruction

At the McLaren Athletic Institute, we're committed to supporting the achievement of each athlete's goals.

Whether you are a student or organized sport athlete, the weekend warrior, or simply an active participant in sports and fitness you may be at risk for injury. Utilizing the most current research and evidence-based techniques, we treat a variety of conditions and injuries common among athletes of all ages and experience levels – such as:

  • Ligament or cartilage injuries
  • Head injuries and concussions
  • Fractures or broken bones
  • Sprains and strains
  • Hand, wrist and elbow injuries
  • Neck and shoulder injuries
  • Tendon problems (rotator cuff, tennis elbow, hamstring, Achilles tendon)
  • Access to medical specialists

Customized Athletic Events

Individualized or Team Assessments

Athletes and coaches know the importance of working together as a team. And that's why we'll also work with coaches and associated trainers to bring a fit test on location -- so you can work together to achieve team goals better and faster.

McLaren Macomb's Athletic Medicine Institute can bring a customized sports medicine screening program or education event to area schools, or sports teams. For more information call (586) 992-9031.

Motion Analysis System

The McLaren Macomb motion analysis system is a high definition, computerized video analysis of the human body in motion. Sport-specific activities are recorded and broken down by one of our skilled licensed physical therapists providing an analyzed assessment of the mechanics of any activity. They'll analyze athletic performance including throwing motion, golf swing, running, jumping, and racquet sports.

Computerized Concussion Evaluation System

To help determine if an athlete has a concussion, the sports medicine team uses a computer-based evaluation system to help diagnose and manage a potential concussion. It also provides a baseline test that physicians can use for comparison in the event of an injury. Each computerized test uses state-of-the-art software to measure an individual athlete's symptoms, reaction time, attention span, working memory, and problem-solving so that analysis and recommendations can be made to improve the athlete's skills and ability.

This scientifically validated system looks at the athlete's performance during various cognitive functions. The results give physicians useful information for comparing pre and post-injury assessments and provides comprehensive information the physician may use to determine if it is safe for the athlete to return to play.

Performance Assessment

Whether your sport focus is individual or team oriented, our advanced performance assessment is designed to test an athlete’s fitness level to create a fitness plan that reduces injuries and optimizes peak performance. Assessment includes:

  • Motion analysis system – uses state-of-the-art computerized video to capture a quick personalized view of the athlete in motion
  • ACL injury prevention - Training on the appropriate body mechanics to reduce the risk of ACL injury
  • Speed and agility testing – assesses an athlete’s ability to move quickly and change directions while maintaining control and balance
  • Computerized concussion evaluation - features a scientifically validated standardized computer-based tool to assess pre and post-injury cognitive functions

Health Assessment

Evaluating the physical condition of the athlete is an integral part of an athlete’s training, conditioning, rehabilitation, and performance planning. To further promote the health and safety of athletes we provide convenient:

  • Lung Function screening
  • Health Screening
  • Sports Physicals

Girls ACL injury prevention

Compared to male athletes, female athletes are four times more likely to injure the knee's anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Training on the appropriate body mechanics while athletes are younger can lead to lasting techniques that help reduce the chance of an injury. That's why the Athletic Medicine Institute at McLaren Macomb has developed an ACL injury prevention program designed especially for girls ages 12 to 18.

Our licensed physical therapists and licensed athletic trainers will work with each student athlete to develop techniques that reduce the likelihood of an ACL injury. Weekly sessions will include dynamic warm-ups, jumping, strengthening, and stretching to help participants understand how to avoid injury.

For more information call (586) 992-9031.

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