Sports Medicine

As part of our “entire-care” philosophy, we treat and help prevent exercise, work or sports-related acute and overuse injuries as an aspect of our patients’ overall health, working together to ensure a return to fulfilling and healthier sporting activities and/or work.  Continuing to live an active lifestyle is as important to our patients as it is to us.

Prevention/Sports Physical

We approach sports physicals as thorough, periodic health evaluations, as well as risk-based screening examinations.  Sports physicals are generally for organized school sports and community sports, but they can also be used as a check-up before starting to exercise. The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) requires a physical evaluation before participation in sports at the high school level. Click here for a copy of the MSHSL Sports Qualifying Physical Exam.


Acute injuries involving bones, muscle, joints and soft tissue not limited to:

  • Back pain
  • Broken bones
  • Concussion management
  • Separated shoulder
  • Sprained ankles
  • Strained muscles
  • Torn ligaments
  • Facilitate return to sports and active lifestyle

Sports psychology:

Sports psychology is another area where your family medicine provider can help.

Dave Thorson, MD has extensive training in Sports Medicine. In particular, with“Overuse Injuries” also called Kinetic Chain Dysfunction

  • The Kinetic Chain Dysfunction includes three body systems: muscles, nerves and joints.
  • Treating Kinetic Chain Dysfunction involves correctly identifying what movement is causing the injury and making the corrections
  • Facilitate return to sports and active lifestyle

Performance Enhancement through Kinetic Chain Utilization such as:

  • Correcting a pitcher’s throw to create a better power
  • Changing a runner’s stride for speed