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CentraCare Selected as SCSU Sports Medicine Provider

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

CentraCare M Physicians Orthopedics has been chosen as the exclusive medical partner of St. Cloud State University Athletics. Under this relationship, CentraCare will provide sports medicine services, including mental health services, to St. Cloud State athletes.

St Cloud State director of sports medicine, Rachel Johnson, said, “CentraCare has come in seamlessly with extraordinary, top-notch, orthopedic and sports medicine services for our Huskies athletes. Their doctors and therapists are dedicated to providing the best services possible for our collegiate athletes. St Cloud State Athletics could not be more excited to work with their team of sports medicine experts.”

The range of services offered to St. Cloud State is unprecedented for the university. “We wanted to take sports medicine to the next level at St. Cloud State,” said George Morris, MD, sports medicine physician at CentraCare M Physicians Orthopedics. “A first-rate program must offer everything from nutrition counseling, to athletic trainers, to sports psychology support, to rehabilitation and more. CentraCare is proud to serve our young athletes in this way.”

According to Kyle Martin, MD, an orthopedic surgeon in the practice, “We’re interested in educating our student athletes on how to engage in sports safely and to prevent injuries. But, when injuries occur, we have the specialized training and expertise to help them rebound.”

CentraCare’s vision of helping students achieve sports health is shared by Bryan DeMaine, athletic trainer at SCSU, “St. Cloud State Athletics now has a committed resource to strengthen its goal of injury prevention, education, and rehabilitation, which are essential to sport performance. This new relationship will be a huge benefit to both our Athletic Training staff and our student athletes.”

CentraCare M Physicians begins services to St. Cloud State with this fall’s sports season. According to interim director of athletics, Holly Schreiner, “These new services are a game changer. What CentraCare is bringing to the table with their wide range of services will allow us to better serve our student-athlete population.”

About CentraCare: CentraCare is an integrated, not-for-profit health care organization, working to improve the lives and wellbeing of those living in Central, Southwest and West Central Minnesota. CentraCare provides care through hospitals located in St. Cloud, Long Prairie, Melrose, Monticello, Paynesville, Redwood Falls, Sauk Centre and Willmar and provides both primary and specialty care throughout the region. With a focus on rural health care, CentraCare is one of the largest health systems in Minnesota and is proud to provide expert health care locally.

About St. Cloud State University: St. Cloud State Athletics manages more than 350 student-athletes across 15 Division-II teams and two Division-I athletic teams. The Huskies compete in four different conferences, as its hockey programs compete in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (men) and the women compete in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), while its Division-II programs compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. In 2021-22, St. Cloud State had eight teams advance to NCAA competition, highlighted by an individual national championship in women’s diving from Madison Brinkman, and a fifth-place team finish from its wrestling program. At the conference level, volleyball, women’s basketball and wrestling all captured conference titles.