1700 SW 7th Street, Topeka, Kansas 66606-1690      785-295-8000
St. Francis Health Center
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St. Francis Sports Medicine

St. Francis Sports Medicine provides high quality, individualized treatments designed specifically for you based on your individualized needs. Our wide range of services for continuum of care includes injury prevention and injury rehabilitation, post-surgical rehabilitation and sports performance. Additionally, the St. Francis Sports Medicine Center provides wellness clinics, sports performance clinics, community education classes and programs for SeniorSpirit, a St. Francis health and wellness program for persons 65 years old or better.

Our professional staff includes athletic trainers, occupational therapists and physical therapy professionals who bring medical expertise not usually found in an outpatient setting.  Learn more about Sports Medicine Physician, Michael Messmer, D.O.

We offer a Broad Range of Services  

Athletic Training

The athletic training professionals at St. Francis Sports Medicine are highly educated and skilled health care providers who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses for athletes at all levels. Athletic trainers work under the supervision of a licensed physician and in cooperation with other health care providers.

Athletic trainers often are one of the first heath care providers on the scene when injuries occur, and therefore must be able to recognize, evaluate and assess injuries and provide immediate care when needed. They are involved in the rehabilitation and reconditioning of injuries, often helping with injury prevention by advising on the proper use of equipment and applying protective or injury-preventive devices such as tape, bandages and braces.

St. Francis Sports Medicine provides contracted athletic training services to area high schools and Washburn University and athletic trainer services to various sporting events in the Topeka area on a fee-for-service basis. Entrust your sprains, strains and other physical ailments to the athletic training experts at St. Francis Sports Medicine to help get you back into the game.

Continued Care Program

Continued Care is an independent exercise program designed for persons with medical conditions such as cardiovascular or cardiopulmonary disease, arthritis, diabetes, obesity, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, pre- and post-natal and other special needs. Our goal is to help everyone achieve a higher level of physical and emotional well-being through exercise and a strong support system. This is achieved through communication with licensed medical professionals available to help monitor your exercise program and answer questions.

Occupational Therapy 

Occupational therapists are trained to evaluate and treat patients with hand or upper extremity injuries and determine the impact of the injury on their daily activities. Staff can design and prescribe assistive devices such as customized splints to improve daily activities. Various methods are used to facilitate the restoration of muscle, tendon or joint ability as well as reduce edema and pain and improve overall function. Common patient diagnoses include fractures, sprains and strains, joint and ligament injury and surgical repairs.

Physical Therapy

The physical therapy professionals at St. Francis Sports Medicine provide an individualized, "hands on" approach to patient care. They can assist individuals with orthopedic conditions such as low back pain or osteoporosis; joint and soft tissue injuries such as fractures and dislocations; workplace injuries including repetitive stress disorders; sports injuries including sprains and strains; and post-surgical rehabilitation after an ACL repair or a knee replacement. They also perform custom orthotic casting to ensure your orthotic is designed specifically for your needs.

The staff includes physical therapists and physical therapist assistants with advanced certifications such as Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists, Strength Training Specialists and a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist. Whether your game is intercollegiate athletics or just playing croquet with the grandkids, with their advanced training and individualized care, the professionals at St. Francis Sports Medicine Center can help get you back into the game.

Sports Performance Program

The St. Francis Health Center Sports Performance Program is intended for healthy individuals who desire and are committed to increasing their overall performance levels and abilities through hard work and self discipline. It is based on the principles of speed and agility conditioning, plyometrics and functional strength training. The program is demanding with workout sessions scheduled multiple times per week. Workouts include, but are not limited to, plyometric drills, sprint workouts, sprint drills, agility drills and strength training. Through advanced training techniques, they work to enhance the athlete's ability to start, stop, change direction and control the body. Supplemental information on sports psychology and nutritional education may be provided.

Serving USD 501

St. Francis Health Center has collaborated with Topeka Public Schools, (Unified School District 501) to provide on-site professional athletic training services for high school and middle school student-athletes throughout the school year. These services include on-site Certified Athletic Trainers to oversee the prevention and care of injuries to athletes as well as on-field coverage of events. The St. Francis team helps student-athletes prevent or recover from injury and return to the playing field as safely and as quickly as possible. 

Serving Washburn University

St. Francis Health Center has collaborated with Washburn University to provide athletic training and physical therapy services for the Ichabods and Lady Blues. St. Francis provides a team made up of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants, a certified manual therapist, strength training specialists and certified strength and conditioning specialists who provide on-site physical therapy services to help the Washburn athletes recover from injury and return to the playing field as safely and as quickly as possible. The advanced training and experience of the physical therapy staff can help you get back in the game.