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About SMART Clinic


The Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Therapy (SMART) Clinic provides advanced care for Illinois State University students in the areas of prevention, evaluation, and rehabilitation of various orthopedic related injuries. Students benefit from experienced clinicians using evidence based medicine practices and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for the most up-to-date and optimal care possible. These services enhance the wellbeing of Illinois State students and are a strong addition to the outstanding services already provided by Student Health Services.

What is an Athletic Trainer?

The National Athletic Trainers’ Association defines athletic training as: “Athletic training is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. Students who want to become certified athletic trainers must earn a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Classroom learning is enhanced through clinical education experiences.”


Justin Stanek, EdD, ATC: Director of SMART Clinic

Justin StanekDr. Stanek is an Instructional Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology and the Clinical Coordinator of the Illinois State University Undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program. He has been a Board Certified and Illinois Licensed Athletic Trainer for 8 years and has 7 years of teaching experience at Illinois State. Dr. Stanek has worked as a certified athletic trainer in the high school, collegiate, and several rehabilitation settings. He is also a National Athletic Trainersí Association Approved Clinical Instructor and has an extensive amount of experience rehabilitating a variety of injuries. Dr. Stanek received his Bachelorís of Arts degree in Athletic Training from Coe College, a Masterís of Science Degree from Illinois State in Athletic Training, and his Doctorate of Education from Illinois State in Curriculum and Instruction.

Ashley Keck, ATC: Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer

Ashley KeckMs. Keck is a Certified Athletic Trainer, Licensed Athletic Trainer in the state of Illinois, and has experience evaluating and treating a variety of athletes. She received her Bachelorís of Arts degree in Athletic Training from Indiana University and is currently working on her Masterís Degree in Athletic Training at Illinois State, where she is studying advanced manual therapy techniques.

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Campus Box 5120
250 McCormick Hall
Normal, Il 61790-5120
Phone: (309) 438-8661
Fax: (309) 438-5559

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