and Evaluation Clinic Opens
new Injury and Evaluation Care Clinic is open on campus. Julie
Rochester (HPER) implemented the program. She had been
approached repeatedly in recent years by people asking for a service
in the health, physical education and recreation department where
they could have their injured feet or aching knees evaluated.
realized there was kind of a void in the health care system on campus,”
the clinic, athletic training students work under the supervision
of Rochester and Amy LaBelle (HPER). They evaluate
and assess patients with musculoskeletal injuries—sprains, strains,
contusions—and also provide primary injury treatment, home exercise
care plans, athletic taping and bracing, and information on physician
care and physical therapy services related to sports injuries.
excited to see it is finally becoming a reality,” Rochester said.
“I see this as a great benefit and a much needed service to the
NMU’s varsity athletes have their own athletic trainers to take
care of sports-related injuries and problems, until now there was
nothing comparable for NMU’s recreational and intramural teams,
as well as individuals who like to exercise, Rochester said.
Injury and Evaluation Care Clinic not only serves the campus community
but more importantly NMU’s athletic training students. Those who
work at the clinic are enrolled in clinical education courses or
practicum courses that teach students how to apply what they learned
in the classroom in the real world.
opportunity to refine their injury evaluation and assessment skills,”
Rochester said. “They will also begin
to gain confidence in developing a clinical impression and making
medical referrals when necessary.”
NMU Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) also uses off-campus
sites such as Bell Medical, Marquette General Hospital, and U.P.
Sports Medicine for the clinical education component of the program.
was therefore very important for us, in the establishment of this
clinic, to involve all of our affiliated sites,” Rochester said.
instance, Dr. Richard Vermeulen serves as the clinic’s medical director
and will see patients at an additional cost. In addition, the clinic
provides patients with a variety of options if they need to be referred
can refer people out to any of these clinics in town,” Rochester
clinic is located in the PEIF room 239 and is open to full-time
students, faculty and staff. It is free to students with NMU ID
and $10 (assessed against the university health insurance) for faculty
and staff. For more information, or to schedule an appointment,