Our mission is to ensure the optimal health and performance of the Stanford student athletes through the continuous pursuit of new knowledge and application of best practices in the field of sports medicine.
Stanford’s Sports Medicine Program is dedicated to providing the best possible medical care for the student athlete’s injuries and illnesses. The program is unique in its team approach to health care. The Athletic Trainers, Team Physicians, Physical Therapists and Sport Scientists all collaborate on the care provided to each athlete. Athletic trainers must report the team’s injury and illness status to the coach each day so they need to be aware of each athlete’s medical conditions and injuries that affect their participation. The team physicians provide diagnosis, treatment, arrange for consultations, order lab tests, x-rays and MRIs, and make decisions on the participation status. Physical therapists design specific programs for rehabilitation and communicate directly with the athletic trainer, physician, and strength and conditioning coaches. Sport Scientists work with coaches and athletes to test and analyze athletes using state-of-the-art motion capture, biomechanics and physiology equipment.
The Sports Medicine program is located in two main facilities: The Lacob Family Sports Medicine and Human Performance Center (aka Sports Medicine Center), and the Phil and Penelope Knight Athletic Training Facility.