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Dr. Chad Carlson comes to Stadia Sports Medicine from Champaign, Illinois, where he worked for both Carle Clinic Association and the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. At Illinois, he functioned as one of the team physicians for the Fighting Illini, taking care of athletes in a wide array of sports, from ice hockey to basketball. Dr. Carlson has covered multiple NCAA National Championship events, as well as national championship events for U.S. Gymnastics and U.S. Swimming and Diving. Prior to coming to Champaign, he served as one of the team physicians at Ball State University, and has been involved in high school athletic event coverage for many years. His clinical interests include identifying the biomechanical basis for patient injury, office-based injury care/arthritis care, and clinical exercise testing, including the diagnosis and management of exercise-induce asthma. He has published clinical articles on various sports medicine subjects and has spoken on many subjects at national sports medicine meetings. He and his wife Amanda have three children -- Ava, Ian, and Eli. In his spare time, he enjoys active pursuits with family, reading, golfing, exercising, and church-related activities at Westkirk Presbyterian Church in Urbandale, where he has served as an Elder. He also coaches multiple youth sports teams. Other biographical information: Undergraduate: University of Nebraska at Lincoln -Dual major, Biology/History, 1986-1990. Medical school: University of Nebraska College of Medicine -1990-1994. Residency: University of Michigan Hospital at Ann Arbor - Family Medicine, 1994-1997. Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Ball Memorial Hospital/Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, 1997-1999. Board certification in Sports Medicine since 1999. Elected as a member of the national Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, 2009-2013. Chair, Practice and Policy Committee, AMSSM, 2009-2013. Wrote a bill providing legal protections for team physicians who cross state lines to care for their teams that passed the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016 (U.S. HR 921) Designated member, Membership and Health Science Policy Committees, American College of Sports Medicine Designated member, Sports Ultrasound Committee, AMSSM Achieved Fellow status in the American College of Sports Medicine in 2004. Served as associate Editor for Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine. Currently serves on the Sports Medicine Subcommittee for the Iowa Medical Association.
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Our practice is rooted firmly on the principle that Sports Medicine is a board-certified physician subspecialty where proper evaluation and diagnosis can occur, and not simply physical therapy redefined. We believe that Sports Medicine is best practiced in an environment that is totally dedicated to sports medicine, and not simply blended into a primary care practice as a side interest. This prevents distraction from our core center of excellence, which is health care for athletes and active people. We block 40 minutes with all new patients to allow adequate time for patient interview and exam, and I believe we distinguish ourselves through personal attention. We also assess a patient's biomechanics in order to gain a better grasp of the underlying causes behind the problem that led the patient to present to our office. Our treatment plan always starts with the patient's goals in mind as the best possible outcome.