Welcome to the St. Francis Sport Medicine homepage. We hope you will find the information contained within the site, as well as the links helpful. Please take a moment to navigate around the site to familiarize yourself with the Sports Medicine staff and the useful information provided.
St. Francis is affiliated with Sports Care, the sports medicine program of the ProMedica Health System. Sports Care also provides care to the Toledo Storm, Toledo Mud Hens, University of Toledo and other Toledo Area High Schools.
In the event of an injury, whether at practice, game or away from school, early intervention is the best way to insure that the loss of practice or game time is eliminated or minimized. Therefore it is important to communicate any injury/health related problem that you may be having with your coach AND trainer so proper treatment can be initiated and you can resume your sport quickly and safely.
By notifying your trainer as soon as possible we can arrange for a house call if needed, make an initial assessment of the injury, give treatment instructions over the phone and set up a treatment time at school for the next day. This also gives us an early start if we need to contact your family physician or team physician (J.D. Diethelm) for a follow-up or refferal to a specialist.
- In the case of a severe or life threatening injury CALL 911 or go directly to the emergency room
- Call Steve Weber at: School (419) 531-1618
- Call your coach if he is not already aware of the injury.
- For most musculoskeletal injuries use the RICE PRINCIPLE
- REST - rest the injured area of body part, use crutches/slings as needed
- ICE - Apply ice to the injury to reduce sweeling. Swelling causes more pain and slows healing recovery time. A one-pound package of frozen corn or peas make good ice packs if no other method is available at home. Generally ice the area for 15-20 minutes every 1.5-2 hours.
- COMPRESSION - The use of an Ace wrap or pressue bandage helps to prevent or reduce swelling. Wrap the injured area starting below the injured area and cover the injury moving towards the center of the body. The wrap should be snug, but not so tight as to hinder or cut off circulation. FInger/toes beyond the wrap shgould remain pink and not fall asleep or become numb.
- ELEVATION - Elevate the injured area above the level of your heart. Prop up your arm or leg while resting it, this helps to prevent or reduce swelling.
- Over the counter pain medication may also be used as directed
- Click on any of the other topics on the left for further information regarding specific injuries or conditions.
Disclaimer: This information is not meant as a professional consultation. If you have an injury you should always consult a licensed medical physician.
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Steve Weber, Dr. Dan McKernan, Dr. Martin Skie, Dr. J.D. Diethelm, Ryan Szenderski
Steve has been with St. Francis since 1995 when he became the school's Head Athletic Trainer for all sports. A 1981 SFS graduate, Steve received his Bachelor's Degree(1986) from the University of Toledo in Secondary Education and his Master's Degree(1990) from the University of Toledo in Exercise Science-Sports Medicine.
Prior to coming to SFS, Steve worked several years as an athletic trainer in the Detroit Tigers minor league system. In recent years, Steve has completed further accreditations to become a Strength and Conditioning Specialist(1992) and a Physical Therapist Assistant(1996). In 2002, Steve was accepted into the United States Olympic Committee's Athletic Training Program and served USA's athletes at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. In future years Steve hopes to be invited to serve the USA as an athletic trainer at a future Olympic Games.
Steve and his wife Janet have been married since 1991 and share their home with their dog Ernie.
Dr. J.D. Diethelm
Dr. Diethelm has been serving as the Team Physician for St. Francis since 1989. A 1968 graduate from SFS, J.D. completed his undergraduate studies in 1972 at Villanova University and fulfilled his medical school requirements in 1976 from The Medical College of Ohio. A board certified physician in family practice, J.D. has practiced medicine in the West Toledo area since 1977.
Dr. Diethelm added to his credentials by becoming board certified in sports medicine. This has enabled J.D. to better serve the Knight athletes. In addition to his practice and duties at SFS, J.D. has served as team physician for the United States Senior Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Ryan Szenderski is currently in his second year assisting the sports medicine team for the football Knights. He received his Bachelor of Science in 2004 and his Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences in 2006, both from the University of Toledo. He is currently certified and practicing as a physician assistant with Dr. James D. Diethelm, who is presently the football team physician.
Ryan graduated from St. Francis de Sales in 2000, and is married to Erin, a 2000 Notre Dame Academy graduate, who currently serves as the cheerleading coach for the junior varsity and varsity basketball team. He has helped Steve Weber with the basketball team as well.
Dr. Dan McKernan
Dan McKernan has helped with St. Francis Athletics since the 2000 season and serves as the team orthopedic consultant. Dan received his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame then attended The University of Virginia for Medical School. He did his orthopedic residency at the University of Pittsburgh and followed that with an Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Salt Lake City Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.
Dan and his wife Susan live in Sylvania with their 4 children. Dan, a 2005 SFS grad and Michael SFS 2008, both attend Notre Dame. While Dan and Susan's daughters attend St. Ursula Academy.