Idaho Orthopaedic & Sports Clinic
The seed for development of a sports medicine facility on the Idaho State University campus was planted in November of 1991 when Dr. Mick Mickelson, a local orthopedic surgeon, and Randy Hoffman, athletic director for ISU, approached Earl Christison, administrator at Pocatello Regional Medical Center, to propose the concept. Such a cooperative effort between the hospital, ISU, orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists made good sense for the community at large as well as for ISU. The idea quickly progressed into a formal agreement which was announced to the community in February of 1992.
Plans were made to begin quickly so that construction could continue during the winter with project completion scheduled for spring of 1993. However, since the facility was to be constructed on the university campus, approval from the State Board of Education was necessary in order to proceed. After a period of delays resulting from isolated resistance to the project, the Board finally gave its approval in June of 1993 in response to overwhelming community demonstrations of support. Without enough time before the winter season, ground breaking was postponed until April 14th of 1993.
Construction took place over the next 14 months with work progressing steadily throughout the winter and the following spring. The Sports and Orthopedic Center at ISU was opened for use with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 21, 1994. Saturday Clinic
Idaho Orthopaedic and Sports Clinic will once again be running an acute sports injury clinic for student athletes on Saturday morning between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. for the 2013 fall season. The purpose of the clinic is to see student athletes that have been acutely injured within the last few days. We will attempt to assess their injury, and begin a treatment plan for them that will allow a quick return to their sport or recreational activity.
There will be no charge for the student athlete to see an athletic trainer or physician. However, if any soft goods such as braces, splints, or crutches, etc. are acquired, a normal charge will be assessed for these. The Saturday clinic will begin in early September, and will continue through football season to the latter part of October.
Idaho Orthopaedic and Sports Clinic will also offer regularly scheduled injury assessments, BY APPOINTMENT, at our facility Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This service is available to all athletes free of charge. If further evaluation by a physician is necessary, the athlete will be charged through the physician’s office.