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Sports Medicine

Sports medicine issues can impact almost every bone, joint and tendon in your body. When you're hurt, you can trust the Berger Health System sports medicine team to get you back to living once again.

Our specialized sports medicine program combines diagnostic expertise, innovative treatment and tailored rehabilitation to help you regain mobility and strength as quickly and completely as possible.

From replacing worn-out joints to mending broken bones

Our highly skilled sports medicine team uses innovative techniques and procedures to help with a wide variety of medical issues. Here are just a few of the sports medicine services we provide using both conservative means:

  • Treatment for hand, wrist, shoulder, and elbow ailments. Some of the upper-body conditions we diagnose and treat include carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, rotator cuff injuries, bursitis, tendinitis, tennis elbow, and cubital tunnel.
  • Care for painful foot and ankle issues. These conditions include fractures, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendon injuries, tarsal tunnel syndrome, and arthritis.

Getting treated for a bone and joint condition doesn't always mean having surgery. Our team uses a conservative approach for your care. 

Our sports medicine experts provide many nonsurgical treatments, including:

  • Cortisone shots for joint pain and inflammation relief.
  • Medical management of arthritis.
  • Physical Therapy.

Our program features on-site physical therapy, as well as ultrasound-guided injections.

Meet the sports medicine team

Our Athletic Trainers are an experienced team of allied healthcare professionals who work under the direction of our sports medicine physician, Dr. Qiao. We also work alongside many different healthcare professionals and local school administration and coaches. This helps you get the care you need in a timely manner. Our team is here providing the quality care you need right in your own backyard.

Our focus is working with the physically active populations, starting with kids in youth sports all the way up to senior citizens. Our goal is to try to prevent injuries, but we are also available to help you once you have an injury. As athletic trainers, we are trained to provide care in injury/illness prevention and rehabilitation. Through Berger, we work at the local high schools and Ohio Christian University. We also provide support with community wellness programs and events.

Edward Qiao, DO

Dr. Qiao is a sports medicine specialist who sees both active patients and athletes at the Berger Health and Wellness Center.  His philosophy is to promote overall health through exercise and sports medicine.  His special interest include injury prevention and sports nutrition.

He is the team physician for Ohio Christian University, Logan Elm, Westfall and works with local physicians and chiropractors at Circleville and Teays Valley Schools.

Dr. Qiao specializes in care for all levels of athletes ranging from recreational or competitive school-age children age 6+, student or collegiate athletes and active adults to professional and elite-level athletes.

He has extensive experience in treating the student athlete and he has served as the team physician for Worthington Christian High School in Worthington, Ohio and Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.  He has provided medical support for the athletes in the Columbus Marathon, the USA Triathlon Youth and Junior National Championship, Emerald City Half and Quarter Marathon and for Iron Man Ohio.

Outside of work, he spends time with his wife, enjoys church and playing and watching sports.  He is active in training for the Columbus half marathon.  He is also very excited to be running in his first Pumpkin Show Classic 5 miler this year!

Cara Acksel, MS, AT

Cara Acksel, MS, AT

  • Cara spent most of her life growing up in Elkhart, IN. Growing up, she was actively involved in sports, participating in competitive gymnastics, volleyball, and basketball. She graduated from high school in 2008 and went on to attend school at Indiana Wesleyan University. During that time, she did clinical rotations with various sports teams at IWU, with Taylor University's football team, and at one of the local high schools. She also had an internship opportunity working summer camps at UW-Whitewater where one of her favorite experiences was working the wheelchair basketball camp. She graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in April 2012 with a bachelor's degree in Athletic Training, and then attended Ohio University to pursue her master's degree in Food and Nutritional Sciences where her thesis research focus was on nutritional supplementation and physical activity and its effects on muscle structure and function in aged rats. She also had the opportunity to be a part of the Interprofessional Health Team Initiative program at OU, which provides courses and experiences to help promote team based medical care. She earned her master's degree in December 2014 and started working as an athletic trainer for Berger Health Systems at Teays Valley High School in March of 2015.
  • Teays Valley High School
  • http://www.teaysvalleyvikings.com/

Caleb Betz, AT

Caleb Betz, AT

  • Caleb is the outreach Athletic Trainer to Logan Elm High School. A Circleville native, he is a 2014 graduate of Wilmington College where he received his B.S. in Athletic Training, and was a member of the Men's Soccer Team. Caleb's interests include sports performance enhancement, and injury prevention training. In his free time he enjoys watching and playing soccer, traveling, and running.
  • Logan Elm High School
  • http://www.loganelmsports.net/

Shannan Hegarty, AT

Shannan Hegarty, AT

  • Shannan Hegarty is the Athletic Trainer at Westfall High School. She is a graduate of Westfall High School and The Ohio State University. After college she served as the Athletic Trainer at Piketon High School from 2008-2015. She came to Westfall High School in the summer of 2015 and is happy to be back at her alma mater serving her community. In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors on the lake, kayaking and hiking.
  • Westfall High School
  • http://www.westfallathletics.com/

Maggie Mancini, AT

Maggie Mancini, AT

  • Maggie is a recent graduate of Marshall University, where she studied Athletic Training and Exercise Science. She graduated with honors in 2016, and plans to continue her education to earn her master's in Exercise Science online in the fall. She was born and raised in Circleville, and graduated from Circleville High School in 2012. She is now the Head Athletic Trainer at Ohio Christian University.
  • Ohio Christian University
  • https://www.ocutrailblazers.com/

Rob Snow, MS, AT

Rob Snow, MS, AT

  • Rob Snow is a BOC certified and Ohio licensed Athletic Trainer. He was born and raised in Chillicothe and went to high school at Bishop Flaget. In 1990, Rob graduated from Mount Union College receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. He went on to Graduate School at Ohio University and received his master's degree in Health Promotion in 1992. Rob has been a member of the Berger Hospital sports medicine team as the athletic trainer for Circleville High School since 1994. Rob and his wife Cheryl have been married since 1989 and have 2 children, Michelle (22) a graduate of The Ohio State University in Chemical Engineering and Jonathan (20), a sophomore at OSU. Rob is extremely proud of how the Sports Medicine program has grown in his years at Berger and is excited to see where the future will take the team.
  • Circleville High School
  • http://www.circlevilleathletics.com/

Brian Weiss, MS, AT

Brian Weiss, MS, AT

 

 All the athletic trainers also work together to provide coverage to New Hope Christian School.

Learn more about our services offered at our new Health & Wellness center at 1280 N. Court St. here!

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