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SMART Clinic

About the SMART Clinic

Housed with the School of Kinesiology and Recreation (KNR), the SMART Clinic operates through a collaborative partnership with KNR, Student Health Services, College of Applied Science and Technology, and Campus Recreation.

  • Mission

    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. Experienced clinicians use evidence based medicine practices, state-of-the-art facilities, and equipment for the current care possible. These services enhance the well-being of Illinois State students and are a strong addition to the outstanding services already provided by Student Health Services.


  • Chelsea Kuehner, MS: Director of SMART Clinic

    Headshot of Chelsea Kuekner

    Chelsea Kuehner is an Instructional Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Recreation and the Clinical Education Coordinator of the Illinois State University Undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program. She is a Board Certified Athletic Trainer and a Licensed Athletic Trainer in the states of Illinois, Texas, and Arizona.

    Chelsea worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer in the NCAA Division I setting for six years working with athletes at both Texas State University and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Chelsea received her Bachelors of Science degree in Athletic Training from Alderson-Broaddus College, and her Masters of Science Degree from Texas State University in Athletic Training.

  • Athletic Trainers

    Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as and allied health care profession.

    Athletic trainers (AT's) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education, training and the state's statues, rules and regulations. As part of the health care team, services provided by athletic trainers include primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.

    The SMART Clinic also serves as a clinical rotation site for the Illinois State University Masters of Athletic Training Program. If you are interested in becoming an athletic trainer please visit our professional athletic training program website.