Sports Medicine

IU Health Southern Indiana Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is dedicated to caring for injured athletes, from the high school superstar to the weekend warrior.  Our team includes an orthopedic physician with fellowship training in Sports Medicine - Timothy Steiner, MD.

Dr. Steiner is certified by the American Boarch of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) in both Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine and is available to consult on complex injuries.  Additionally, Dr. Lee handles surgical cases.

We strive to see acute sports injuries within 24 hours, and same day appointments are often available.

Please call 812.333.BONE (2663) to schedule an appointment.

High school athletics

In conjunction with the IU Health Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center in Bloomington, we make significant contributions to the south central Indiana sports community. Our sports medicine physicians serve as team physician for several area high schools and work closely with the IU Health athletic trainers at those schools to ensure athletes have access to medical care and are knowledgeable on how to prevent injuries.

In addition, we led a successful campaign to put AEDs at local high school athletic facilities, and led the Bloomington community in implementation of IMPACT concussion testing in local high schools.

Injury prevention

Our colleagues at the IU Health Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center offer helpful tips on how to stretch and prevent injuries.

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Stretching your back 2
Stretching your glutes
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Knee injury prevention

Common sports injuries

A concussion is an injury to the brain resulting from head-related trauma.

"Weight lifter's back" (lumbar strain)
A lumbar strain is an injury to the lower back, which results in damaged tendons and muscles that spasm and feel sore.

"Runner's knee" (patellofemoral pain syndrome)
Runner's knee, also known as patellofemoral pain syndrome, is a condition characterized by dull pain around the front of the knee (patella), where it connects with the lower end of the thigh bone (femur).

Stress fractures
Stress fractures are weak spots or small cracks in the bone caused by continuous overuse.

Shin splints
Shin splints refers to pain and tenderness along or just behind the large bone in the lower leg (the tibia).

Knee ligament injuries
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most common ligaments to be injured.

Rotator cuff injuries
An injury to the rotator cuff, such as a tear, may happen suddenly when falling on an outstretched hand or develop over time due to repetitive activities.

"Tennis elbow" (lateral epicondylitis)
Lateral epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow, is characterized by pain on the outside (lateral side) of the elbow.

"Golfer's/Baseball elbow" (medial epicondylitis)
Medial epicondylitis, also known as golfer's elbow, baseball elbow, suitcase elbow, or forehand tennis elbow, is characterized by pain from the elbow to the wrist on the inside (medial side) of the elbow.

Online resources

Our physicians recommend the links below to learn more about sports medicine specific topics.

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons


CDC: Traumatic Brain Injury

IU Health concussion quiz

Meet our patients

Eric Brodell

While out for a training ride, cyclist Eric Brodell was struck by an oncoming car.  “I flew through the air and once I hit the ground, it was a little bit of shell shock.  I tried to get up and couldn’t.  I looked down at my leg and it was completely open.”

“Dr. Steiner told me there wasn’t really a playbook for an injury and trauma like mine.  We’d have to take it day by day.  I appreciate all that everybody at the hospital and IU Health did for me.  They did tremendous work.  They really put me back to my life quickly.  I didn’t expect that to happen and I’m very grateful.”

Devon Atherton

Devon Atherton is a skateboarder. He’s got the skills, the look and the passion for this extreme sport.

“I would love to skateboard for the rest of my life,” the 19-year-old from Morgan County says. “I love skateboarding and it’s something I’m really passionate about.”

When Devon started skateboarding, however, he admits he was probably the last person who should have picked up a board. Just a few days after his first time on a skateboard, he fell and shattered his elbow.

“I thought about never picking up a skateboard again, but I did and I’ve loved it ever since that point in time,” he says.

Read Devon's story