When the McCluer football players get ready to head into camp this summer, they’ll have a new strength, conditioning and rehab regiment with some top-notch professional care.
Starting May 7, McCluer and Logan College of Chiropractic will begin an official partnership that will allow doctors and interns from the college to provide rehab, strength and conditioning and other treatment for student athletes.
Superintendent Art McCoy announced the partnership for the “Bumps n Bruises” clinic during the Ferguson-Florissant Board of Education meeting last week.
McCluer Athletic Director Kurt Jacobs credited McCluer track and field coach Phil Wollbrinck with the initiation of the partnership. Wollbrinck took his athletes to Logan for the past six years to receive rehab from Dr. Laney Nelson and his students.
Jacobs met Dr. Nelson this past fall, and the idea for the “Bumps n Bruises” clinic was born.
“It’s a no-brainer,” Jacobs said. “Everyone loved the idea of the program. It’s going to be a fantastic opportunity to condition student athletes.”
According to the district, the clinic will be free of charge to student athletes in the district, and it will cost $6,000.
Dr. Nelson, who has more than 30 years of sports medicine experience, will head up the clinic with his right-hand, Dr. Connie Hayes, and a total team of 120 interns throughout the year. They will also work with the staff and athletic director at Mccluer.
Dr. Nelson, who’s worked at the collegiate as well as professional levels, is excited to work with high school student athletes in McCluer.
“How we manage the potential (of students), dictates the return,” he said. “Our solution is to take our center into McCluer.”
Dr. Nelson plans to bring hundreds of thousands of equipment to the clinic at McCluer to be able to work with the student athletes. He said he hopes to augment the school’s current program by managing strength and conditioning, rehab and baseline concussion, which would hopefully help in managing concussions in athletes.
“Everybody has dreams, and our job is to unlock them,” he said. “I have to teach the students to unlock dreams and potential.”
“We have to help those parents that feel they can’t help their kids,” Hayes chimed in.
Dr. Nelson said that he and his students will be dedicated in the clinic two days out of the week, but he suspects they will be there a lot more, if athletes are needing rehab or treatment.