Methodist Sports Medicine Teams Up with Indy Select Academy
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.