Established in 1996, North Mississippi Medical Center's Sports Medicine Program provides full-time Certified Athletic Trainers (ATCs) to local high schools and community colleges:
- Booneville High School
- Itawamba Agricultural High School
- Itawamba Community College
- Mantachie High School
- Mooreville High School
- Nettleton High School
- North Pontotoc High School
- Saltillo High School
- Shannon High School
- South Pontotoc High School
- Tupelo Christian Preparatory School
- Tupelo High School
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.
Saturday Morning Injury Clinic
The NMMC Sports Medicine Program offers a free Saturday Morning Injury Clinic on Saturdays during football season for area varsity athletes who sustain sports-related injuries in the previous night’s game.
Athletes are seen by a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, receive a free X-ray (if needed) and return-to-play plans initiated by a certified athletic trainer to get the athletes back to their sport as quickly and safely as possible.
The Saturday Morning Injury Clinic is held at Orthopaedic Institute of North Mississippi, 499 Gloster Creek Village, Suite G1. Athletes should report between 8:15-8:30 a.m. and are seen in order of arrival. Parents should attend with their child. Athletes with possible concussions should be evaluated in the Emergency Department on Friday night.
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 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 organizations and health classes
- Provide free pre-participation physical exams and event coverage for Area II Special Olympics
Sports Medicine Staff
The NMMC Sports Medicine Program promotes a team approach in addressing the rehabilitation needs of our student-athletes. Our certified athletic trainers work closely with physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists and others to ensure a safe and timely return to activity.