Methodist Sports Medicine, Indiana’s premier provider of orthopedic services and the team physicians for the Indianapolis Colts, has teamed up with Indy Select Academy to provide medical services for the local prestigious football club.
Just last year, Indy Select won the Indiana 7-on-7 Football State Championship for the first time. The Academy provides skills and specific position coaching for middle and high school athletes with a roster that includes top football players in the greater Indianapolis area, including athletes from Westfield, Carmel and Zionsville.
“We thought it was essential for a program like ours to have a partnership with a sports medicine practice and Methodist Sports Medicine is the best in the area, if not the Midwest region,” said Chad Spann, director of Indy Select Academy. “I’ve personally used Methodist Sports Medicine for the past 15 years. One of the physicians there helped me with my Achilles tendon injury and got me back on the field in record time. They have great doctors, athletic trainers and rehab specialists who truly care.”
The Indy Select Academy started in Chicago four years ago. NFL veteran Spann, who played for the Indianapolis Colts as a rookie, decided to move back to Indianapolis and expand the academy in summer 2016.
The academy will host two home tournaments at the Grand Park sports campus in Westfield, Indiana in March and May of 2018. Methodist Sports Medicine will staff these tournaments as part of its new partnership.
Indy Select athletes will also receive priority access to all Methodist Sports Medicine clinics and services.
Methodist Sports Medicine physicians and athletic trainers will also speak to the athletes and athletes’ parents on how to prevent injuries, such as concussions, and focus on football injury awareness.
Last year, this elite group of athletes received 161 Division 1 scholarships offers from universities across the country.
“We’ve had a lot of success getting these kids exposure and helping them get to college,” Spann said. “We plan trips for our players to visit colleges as well. We recently went to Michigan State University and we will be visiting Penn State University and Indiana University in the next few weeks. We focus on getting good kids who work hard not only on the field, but also in the classroom.”
Spann said the athletes are also required to complete multiple hours of community service. Last year, the team delivered 80 cases of water to a shelter in Flint, Michigan.
“We’re really looking forward to this partnership,” said Rob Craig, Director of Marketing & Outreach Services at Methodist Sports Medicine. “Methodist Sports Medicine and Indy Select Academy share similar missions and the same vision. Football is obviously a priority but Chad and his team are truly concerned about the athletes as a whole – whether it’s academics or nutrition- it’s not just about football for them.”
Spann said Indy Select also has a licensed academic counselor on staff who provides athletes with academic plans, ACT/SAT preparation, NCAA eligibility and college application preparation.
The first 2018 event Indy Select will host at the Grand Park Events Center is the Blazing 7-on-7 Indianapolis Qualifier on Saturday, March 24. For more information on Indy Select, please click here.
INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 17, 2018) – Methodist Sports Medicine announced today that the company has merged with Bloomington Bone & Joint Clinic, creating a new Methodist Sports Medicine Bloomington clinic. The transaction was completed in December 2017 and the companies will officially merge effective April 2018.
The Bloomington-based fully-staffed orthopaedic practice specializes in non-operative and operative treatment of musculoskeletal disease and injury, including fracture care, joint reconstruction, and stabilization of ligaments, tendons and muscle injuries. It also features full on-site physical therapy, occupational therapy and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) capabilities.
“This merger gives Methodist Sports Medicine the opportunity to bring the two businesses together to offer our patients a broader service area, plus bring additional resources to Bloomington,” Dr. Mark Ritter, President of Methodist Sports Medicine, said. “We put together two groups sharing similar missions in terms of patient care and service, and will continue our goal of providing exceptional care to the Southern Indiana region.”
Bloomington Bone & Joint was founded in 1992 by Dr. Sterling Doster who has since retired. It has approximately 20 employees, including its three partners – Dr. Gregory Fox, Dr. Dale Dellacqua and Dr. Rick Weidenbener.
Methodist Sports Medicine and Bloomington Bone & Joint’s relationship dates back to the early 1980s, when Dr. Doster and Methodist Sports Medicine’s Dr. John McCarroll began providing sports medicine treatment for the Indiana University (IU) football team together.
Methodist Sports Medicine’s Dr. Peter Maiers has been working at Bloomington Bone & Joint for the past few years as well, and currently serves as the head team orthopedist for IU’s football team.
“Our two groups have worked together to take care of Indiana University athletes since 1983,” Dr. Fox said. “It was a natural transition and perfect fit to merge Methodist Sports Medicine and Bloomington Bone & Joint all these years later.”
Dr. Fox is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon and a respected authority in arthroscopic shoulder and knee reconstruction. Dr. Fox’s areas of expertise include rotator cuff repair, shoulder instability, ACL reconstruction and meniscal repair.
Dr. Weidenbener specializes in the treatment of a variety of orthopaedic conditions and performs several orthopaedic procedures with an emphasis on sports medicine.
“This merger has truly come full circle, as I did my sports medicine fellowship at Methodist Sports Medicine from 1991 to 1993 under the mentorship of Dr. Art Rettig, Dr. Gary Misamore, Dr. Don Shelbourne and Dr. Chuck VanMeter,” Dr. Weidenbener said.
Dr. Dellacqua is a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon experienced in micro-vascular reconstruction. Dr. Dellacqua is an expert in the care and treatment of traumatic and non-traumatic conditions of the hand, wrist and elbow.
With the addition of this new clinic, Methodist Sports Medicine will welcome Dr. Scott Linger, who will be working exclusively at the Bloomington clinic treating general sports medicine patients starting in August 2018.
Dr. Linger graduated from Purdue University School of Pharmacy as valedictorian, before going to medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) where he graduated in 2012. He has received a number of prestigious awards including Outstanding Chief Resident Award, Outstanding Resident Teacher at IUSM and Top Acts Physician of the Year Nominee.
Dr. Linger uses his downtime to spend time with his wife and two children, and he enjoys golf, hockey, cycling and skiing.
Bloomington Bone & Joint is located at 639 South Walker Street in Bloomington, Indiana.
WESTFIELD, Ind. (Jan. 8, 2018) – Methodist Sports Medicine announced today that orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mark Ritter has officially accepted the role as Medical Director of the Grand Park Events Center and outdoor fields on the 400-acre Grand Park sports campus in Westfield, Ind.
Dr. Ritter, who also currently serves as Methodist Sports Medicine’s President, will provide medical supervision oversight for all of the athletic events taking place at the Grand Park Events Center and the massive sports complex’s outdoor multipurpose fields. In addition, he will be serving on-site for some tournaments.
Dr. Ritter will also be responsible for planning and directing all aspects of the organization’s medical policies and procedures to ensure the safety of all athletes participating on Grand Park’s campus. He will also develop clinical policies and procedures, treat athletes playing in the Events Center and on Grand Park’s fields, and facilitate with the City of Westfield’s local public safety and emergency medicine personnel. Dr. Ritter will be involved with public safety discussions for Grand Park as well.
The new Grand Park clinic opened in September 2017 after Methodist Sports Medicine was named the official medical provider of Grand Park. The 2,500-square-foot clinic is located on the second floor of the massive Grand Park Events Center.
Dr. Ritter received his bachelor’s degree from Luther College, where he was an all-star swimmer and captain, and then went on to received his medical degree from the University of Iowa School of Medicine in 1999. He completed both his orthopedic residency and orthopedic trauma fellowship at Brown University, and then accepted a sports medicine and arthroscopy fellowship at the University of California in San Diego. Dr. Ritter also serves as the team physician for the University of Indianapolis.
As part of the partnership between Methodist Sports Medicine and Grand Park, all local and national sporting events inside the Grand Park Events Center and on the outdoor fields are staffed by medical personnel from Methodist Sports Medicine. Dr. Ritter will join Methodist Sports Medicine’s full-time staff at the Grand Park clinic, including Dr. Michael Heitholt, three athletic trainers and a physical therapist.
WESTFIELD, Ind. (Sept. 25, 2017) – Methodist Sports Medicine, Indiana’s premier provider of orthopedic services and the team physicians for the Indianapolis Colts, will be celebrating the grand opening of its new clinic Thursday, Sept. 28, after being named the official medical provider of the 400-acre Grand Park sports campus in Westfield.
The new, permanent clinic for athletes and patients is located on the second floor of the massive Grand Park Events Center. The 2,500-square-foot facility will be staffed by athletic trainers, physical therapists and a chiropractor. It will have X-ray capability, plus sell durable medical equipment (DME) such as crutches, joint braces, cryotherapy and rehab items.
As part of the partnership between Methodist Sports Medicine and Grand Park, all local and national sporting events at Grand Park are staffed by medical personnel from Methodist Sports Medicine.
Dr. Michael Heitholt, who earned his doctorate in chiropractic from Palmer College in Davenport, Iowa, will be seeing athletes and patients at the Grand Park clinic. Dr. Heitholt has Indiana roots, he is originally from Carmel, Indiana, and attended Indiana University (IU).
Methodist Sports Medicine’s full-time staff at the Grand Park clinic will include Dr. Heitholt, three athletic trainers and a physical therapist. An orthopedic surgeon will be on-call and available for all major tournaments at Grand Park as well.
To celebrate this new clinic and partnership, Methodist Sports Medicine is hosting a grand opening celebration on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 11 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon in front of the Grand Park Events Center. Members of the media are invited to attend and receive exclusive tours of this new facility.
“Methodist Sports Medicine is incredibly proud to become the sole sports medicine provider at the massive 400-acre Grand Park Sports Campus, and launch the permanent orthopedic clinic to serve tournament athletes and our patients in the Westfield area,” said Marty Rosenberg, CEO of Methodist Sports Medicine. “The entire team at Methodist Sports Medicine pledges to give athletes who compete at Grand Park the highest level of medical care possible. This is already an important sports venue that will only continue to grow.”
Methodist Sports Medicine is best known as the official team physicians for the Indianapolis Colts, as well as more than a dozen Indiana high schools and universities including Indiana University, Purdue University, Indiana State University and the University of Indianapolis.
The group’s team of highly-trained orthopedic surgeons are leaders in new technologies, procedures and research, plus Methodist Sports Medicine includes a cutting-edge team of physical therapists and athletic trainers at all five of its locations in Indianapolis/Carmel, Greenwood, Avon, Tipton and now Grand Park/Westfield.
Opened in 2014, Grand Park includes 400 acres of championship-grade playing fields, including 26 baseball and softball diamonds, 31 multipurpose fields for soccer, football and lacrosse, as well as the Grand Park Events Center with three full-size indoor soccer fields. The facility attracted 1.9 million total visits in 2016, surpassing projections.
Earlier this month, the city of Westfield and the Indianapolis Colts announced a 10-year partnership, which names the Grand Park Sports Campus as the official host of the Colts training camp. The training camp is set to begin at the Grand Park Sports Campus in the summer of 2018.
The new Methodist Sports Medicine Grand Park clinic is located at 19000 Grand Park Blvd, Westfield, IN 46074.
19000 Grand Park Blvd
Suite K (2nd Floor)
Westfield, IN 46074
- Athletic Training
- Chiropractic Services
- Rehabilitation Services
Coming from the South:
From I-465 N to exit 31 for US 31 N. Head North on US 31 approximately 8 miles to take exit 132 on the right for IN-32 towards Lebanon/ Noblesville. Turn left onto W Main Street/IN-32 heading west. Turn right onto Wheeler Rd. Take Wheeler Rd to Grand Park Blvd for 2 miles. At first roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Wheeler Rd. At the second roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Grand Park Blvd. Follow signs to parking lot C at the Event Center.
Coming from the North:
From US 31 N take the exit for 191st street. Take a right onto 191st street. Turn left onto Grand Park Blvd in 1.1 miles. Take the first right into parking lot C at the Event Center.
Dr. Michael Heitholt
As I am stepping down as Head Team Physician for the Indianapolis Colts, I would like to thank Jim Irsay and the Irsay family for their support and the opportunity to pursue a “dream job” for the past 33 years. It truly has been an honor and a privilege to work for a great franchise. Jim and his family have been most generous and I very much appreciate it. Their loyalty and integrity is reflected in the fact that many employees who came with them, from Baltimore, in 1984, still work for the Colts.
The medical care of an NFL franchise is a team effort and we have been blessed to have excellent physicians and athletic trainers over the last many years. It has been great to work with Dr. Don Shelbourne, Dr. Gary Misamore, Dr. Tom Klootwyk, Dr. Hank Feuer, Dr. Terry Horner, Dr. Doug Robertson (head medical physician), Dr. Pat Kersey, Dr. Thurmond Alvey, and Marcus McCrea. The Colts medical care will be in excellent hands as Dr. Klootwyk is taking over as Head Team Physician and Dr. Misamore will assume a larger role.
Athletic trainers do the bulk of the work caring for players and we’ve been fortunate to have had the top training staff in the NFL (in my opinion). Many thanks to former Head Athletic Trainer Hunter Smith, current Head Trainer Dave Hammer, Dave Walston, Erin Barill – now Director of Sports Medicine, Bryant Baugh, Kyle Davis, Kellen Norris, and numerous interns over the years. I can’t say enough about how well our athletic trainers work with the players on a daily basis, both using their skill in treating injuries but also in creating an environment whereby the players want to be there.
It also has been great working with multiple head coaches and assistants from Frank Kush through Ted Marchibroda, Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell to Chuck Pagano and General Managers Jim Irsay, Bill Tobin, Bill Polian, Ryan Grigson, and now Chris Ballard. It has also been a pleasure working with Pete Ward, Dan Emerson, and the rest of the front office staff.
Finally, I am looking forward to my new role as consultant to the Colts and to continue to pursue my private orthopedic practice at Methodist Sports Medicine Center.
Lastly, thanks to my family for allowing me to spend time covering the Colts for the last 33 years.
I will always be a fan – Go Colts!
– Art Rettig
Dr. Thomas Klootwyk Named Head Team Physician
INDIANAPOLIS (July 24, 2017) – The Indianapolis Colts have announced that long-time Head Team Physician Arthur C.Rettig, MD is stepping down from his role to serve as Emeritus Associate Team Physician. Rettig was the very first physician to join the Colts upon the team’s relocation to Indianapolis in 1984, and has served as Head Team Physician since 1999.
“Dr. Rettig has had an amazing 50-year career practicing sports medicine and orthopedic surgery,” said Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay. “We are extremely grateful for his outstanding service, professionalism and friendship as our team physician for more than three decades. I am also pleased he is going to continue serving the team as Emeritus Associate Team Physician.”
“Working with Dr. Rettig for so many years has provided generations of our medical staff and athletic trainers with graduate level training in sports medicine,” said Dave Hammer, Colts Head Athletic Trainer. “He combines deep wisdom with unique kindness and understanding.”
The Colts also announced that Dr. Thomas Klootwyk, who has been an associate team physician for 18 years, will step into the role as Head Team Physician. Klootwyk joined Indianapolis-based Methodist Sports Medicine following his orthopedic sports medicine training there. He has been with the Colts as a team physician and orthopedic consultant since 1999.
Methodist Sports Medicine’s Dr. Gary Misamore has also been with the Colts for 18 years and will continue his role with the team as associate team physician.
INDIANAPOLIS (May 5, 2017) – Dr. Joel Boaz, a board-certified neurosurgeon, has joined Methodist Sports Medicine’s remarkable team of surgeons. Dr. Boaz will be seeing concussion patients at Methodist Sports Medicine.
Growing up, Dr. Boaz lived across the street from a general surgeon. Throughout high school and college, Dr. Boaz worked with Dr. Herschel Moss in the operating room, and Dr. Moss had a major influence on Dr. Boaz becoming a surgeon.
Dr. Boaz is an Indianapolis native, completing his neurosurgery residency at Indiana University (IU) and his pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Before medical school, he attended undergraduate at Manchester University where he majored in physics.
After his two-year fellowship at Riley, he joined the faculty and practiced there for more than 25 years. Now retired from Indiana University, Dr. Boaz became interested in concussion management when his son suffered a concussion while playing rugby. Methodist Sports Medicine’s Dr. Terry Horner treated Dr. Boaz’s son during his injury.
Dr. Boaz is board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He’s also board-certified in pediatric neurosurgery. He was a member of the American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, and has taught for the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.
Dr. Boaz is married and has one daughter and one son.
WNBA Legend Tamika Catchings To Serve as Keynote Speaker at 2017 Brady Sports Achievement Awards and Dinner
- The 2017 Brady Sports Achievement Awards and Dinner, which is hosted by the Methodist Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation and the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), will be held on Thursday, April 20. Tamika Catchings, who is universally regarded as one of the greatest players in Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) history, will serve as the keynote speaker.
- Former Columbus North High School basketball standout Josh Speidel, who suffered severe brain injuries following a tragic car crash in February 2015, is one of four student athletes who will be presented with a Brady Comeback Award this year.
- Catchings will be awarded with the Brady Lifetime Achievement Award, along with former Purdue University and National Football League (NFL) player Leroy Keyes.
Four brave student athletes who have distinguished themselves by overcoming adversity and injuries will be recognized at this year’s 12th Annual Brady Sports Achievement Awards and Dinner, along with the two winners of the Brady Lifetime Achievement Award.
The event, which is hosted by the Methodist Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation and the Indiana High School Athletic Association, will be held on Thursday, April 20 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, located in downtown Indianapolis next to the Embassy Suites Hotel and across from the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The Ballroom’s main entrance is located on Washington Street.
Indiana Fever legend and Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings will serve as the keynote speaker. The event includes an opening reception, silent auction and dinner. Physicians Rehab Solution is the presenting sponsor and WTHR-13 in Indianapolis is the media sponsor for the event. Rich Nye, sports reporter at WTHR-13, will serve as the emcee.
Brady Comeback Awards
“An athlete with every reason to quit found every reason to compete.”
Mike Armstrong, the Perry Meridian High School cross country coach, couldn’t have put it any better.
Each year, the Brady Comeback Awards recognize four high school or college student athletes – two males and two females – who have sustained injuries or faced adversity yet returned and excelled beyond expectations in their respective sport.
This year’s recipients include former Columbus North High School basketball star Josh Speidel, Franklin Community High School three-sport athlete Blake Dicken, Perry Meridian High School cross country runner Caroline Kavanaugh and Taylor University volleyball player Kayla Springer. Each athlete will be presented with a $1,000 scholarship.
Speidel had committed to the University of Vermont to play basketball before a severe car crash changed everything in February 2015. Instead of shooting hoops and dunking baskets, Speidel was learning how to walk and talk again due to a brain injury sustained in the crash. Now, more than two years after the accident left him in critical condition, Speidel is at the University of Vermont as a key member of the Catamounts basketball team. The 6-foot-7 Indiana standout travels and practices with the team thanks to the University of Vermont honoring his original scholarship and the NCAA granting Speidel an exemption from using up his eligibility while on the team.
“We’ve won 21 games in a row,” said University of Vermont basketball coach John Becker. “We knew we were going to be good, but this season is magical and I think Josh has something to do with that magic.”
Dicken, who shined on the basketball court, baseball diamond and football field all while maintaining a 3.50 GPA, also suffered from injuries sustained in a traumatic car crash. He suffered from a brain injury and neck fracture, but was back to participating in all three sports two years later.
Springer was diagnosed with a Stage 3 case of Spondylolisthesis, a severe condition in which a vertebra slides over the bone below it causing severe pain and numbness in one or both legs. After receiving the diagnosis following her commitment to play volleyball at Taylor University, she underwent a spinal fusion surgery. Just as she was regaining her strength back, she was involved in a car crash that set her back again. However, Springer is now thriving on the volleyball team and will graduate with honors and a Sports Marketing degree this spring.
Kavanaugh was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in fourth grade, but that didn’t stop the teen from discovering a passion for running. She joined the cross country team at Perry Meridian High School, but in 2015 doctors told Kavanaugh her tumor was growing. She underwent chemotherapy and later, surgery, but that didn’t stop her from running. Kavanaugh’s coaches said she never missed a workout and never once complained. She currently ranks ninth in her class of 600 students and is part of the National Honor Society and the vice president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Brady Lifetime Achievement Award
Also being presented at the event are the winners of the Brady Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes individuals who, through their connection to Indiana, have made outstanding contributions in the field of athletics, and have consistently demonstrated the ideals of sportsmanship over many seasons during their lives.
Indiana Fever legend and Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings is the winner of the 2017 Brady Lifetime Achievement Award. Universally regarded as one of the greatest players in WNBA history, Catchings was named the 2011 WNBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) and led the Fever to the league championship in 2012. Catchings will also serve as the keynote speaker during the awards dinner.
Leroy Keyes, former Purdue University and National Football League (NFL) standout, will also be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Keyes was named the Big Ten MVP in 1967 after helping Purdue win the Rose Bowl against University of Southern California (USC). Following his NFL career with the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, he returned to Purdue University as an assistant football coach.
Both the Brady Comeback and Brady Lifetime Achievement Awards are named after Dr. Thomas A. Brady, known as “the father of sports medicine in Central Indiana.” Dr. Brady developed many innovative techniques for returning athletes to their sports quickly and safely, along with establishing a walk-in clinic in the basement of Methodist Hospital that eventually grew into Methodist Sports Medicine.
C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarship
Deserving student athletes will also be award with the C. Eugene Cato Memorial Scholarship at the awards banquet. The Centennial Scholarship program was initiated in 2003-04 as a part of the IHSAA’s centennial celebration. This year, the program has been renamed in tribute to former IHSAA Commissioner C. Eugene Cato, who served from 1983-95. His passion for athletics and his belief in the intrinsic value of athletic competition on the formation of a child’s character enabled him to positively impact generations of young men and women with his well-known “Firm, Fair, and Friendly” approach to caring for others. Cato passed away in October of 2008.
For more information about the 2017 Brady Awards, please click here. If you can’t make it to this year’s awards dinner, but still want to contribute, please click here.
About Methodist Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation
A separately incorporated not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Methodist Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation embraces a crucial long-term role in the advancement of orthopedic medicine.
With generous contributions from donors, we strive to support and enhance the research, educational, outreach and care activities that the surgeons and physicians of Methodist Sports Medicine undertake on an ongoing basis.
Overall, the foundation’s goal is to support the practice’s mission: “Leading advances in orthopedic care and sports medicine through research and education to improve patients’ quality of life.”