North Mississippi Medical Center Sports Medicine Program
The Sports Medicine Program was established in 1996 as a community outreach program. This unique and valuable program provides full-time Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) to local high schools and community colleges at no charge to the schools. In addition, the NMMC Sports Medicine Program also works in conjunction with Tupelo Parks and Recreation and the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau to attract various state, regional and national sporting events.
The ATCs are dedicated to covering all athletic programs and providing optimal health care for participating athletes. The staff works closely with athletes, parents and coaches, and is trained to make swift, appropriate decisions to minimize the effects of injury. Preventive measures are taken to ensure a safe athletic environment, and proper education and counseling are provided to coaches, athletes and parents.
Providing full-time medical coverage of local athletic programs is the primary responsibility of the certified athletic trainers; however, the ATCs are also involved in many other community-based programs:
- Provide a free Saturday Morning Injury Clinic, in conjunction with local orthopedic surgeons, each Saturday during football season
- Provide CPR certification training for area coaches and students
- Provide annual free pre-participation physicals for area high schools
- Host educational clinics on injury prevention throughout the year
- Offer lectures to various organization and health classes
- Provide free pre-participation physical exams and event coverage for Area II Special Olympics
For additional information about this program or related rehabilitation services, call (662) 377-7215 or 1-800-THE-DESK (1-800-843-3375).