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Memorial Sports Medicine Injury Clinic is open weekdays between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the second floor 

of the Memorial City Gate Medical Center at 120 Coleman’s Crossing Boulevard in Marysville. If you 

cannot come between these times, contact us at (937) 578-7841, and we will arrange a different time 

for your evaluation.

Our athletic trainers and physical therapists provide injury evaluation. If needed, we can “fast track” 

Elite soccer athletes for formal evaluations by physical therapists, occupational therapists, or Orthopedic 

specialists. For information, visit http://memorialohio.com/sports-medicine/athlete-injury-clinic .


All UCISL and Elite Soccer participants and/or their parents  will soon be able to speak directly with a 

Memorial Athletic Trainer through Memorial’s involvement with Healthy Roster, an online venue for 

concussion and injury-related communication. This software and app will be available free-of-charge, 

and you will be in charge of who you want to be able to access your child’s (or your) information in a 

HIPAA-compliant online system.

Through Healthy Roster, parents, physicians, coaches, or athletic trainers who have been given access 

will be able to view, post, and share information. Two-way video or telephone consultation will be 

available. To learn more about Healthy Roster, or to sign up for an account, visit 



A hit, bump, or anything that causes a jarring force to the head may cause a concussion. It’s crucial that 

an athletic trainer and/or physician be contacted, or that the athlete visit the Memorial Hospital 

Emergency Department if these symptoms are felt by the athlete or noticed by the parents:

-- headache, pressure in the head, difficulty concentrating

-- confusion, memory issues, slow response to questions asked

-- loss of consciousness

-- nausea or vomiting

-- irritability, sadness, nervousness, or other changes in personality

-- balance problems

-- blurred or altered vision

-- trouble falling asleep or sleeping more or less than usual


Athletes of all ages need the proper nutrition and hydration before, during, and after a soccer event. 

This is particularly important for growing children through young adults. Young children in recreational 

play have different athletic requirements than older children participating on travel teams. 

It is beneficial to keep your home refrigerator stocked full of healthy foods, and to send healthy snacks 

and drinks with your young athlete when they are away from home at practice or at a soccer event.

-- Soccer players as well as all athletes need the right fuel at the right time to maintain energy. Losing 

energy from a lack of fuel can increase the risk of injury and decrease performance potential. 

Carbohydrates are the main source of fuel our bodies use. Try to provide a balanced, healthy diet for 

young athletes by including foods from all five food groups. More than half of your plate at meals should 

contain nutritious carbohydrate-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, milk, and yogurt.

-- Younger athletes may consume lower volumes of food overall, so it is important that what they eat be 

nutrient-dense. Avoid drinking large amounts of fluids before eating because this can fill you up quicker. 

Instead drink some fluids while eating, but drink the majority of fluids in between meals and snacks.

-- In general, avoid serving fast foods, fatty foods, fried foods, and caffeinated drinks.

-- You should always include a protein source with every meal and snack, but pay attention to fat 

content. Include lean meats (chicken, turkey), baked or broiled fish, low-fat dairy products, and peanut 


The Day Prior to a Soccer Event

-- Athletes need even more fuel to help them perform well during practice or a competition. Parents 

should provide extra servings of carbohydrate-rich foods the day before to help top off fuel stores. 

Examples of complex carbohydrates include rice, bread, pasta, potatoes, cereals, and fruit.

-- Athletes should avoid eating large amounts of added sugar or simple carbohydrates because these 

foods can adversely affect blood sugar and energy levels. Examples of foods to avoid include sweets, 

cakes, soft drinks, and jam.

-- One pre-competition meal does not make up for a bad overall unhealthy diet.

Hours Before and During an Event

-- Your last balanced meal should be at least three hours before practice or a game. A good meal could 

include an oatmeal and raisins breakfast, or a pasta lunch.  

You can still have a small snack one to two hours prior, if needed. You do not want to be hungry during 

practice. Good pre-practice or pregame snacks include: a bagel with peanut butter, half a sandwich, 

oatmeal, banana, yogurt, or granola bar.

-- Do not consume added sugars like candy, soda, or desserts 90 minutes prior to playing; this can cause 

a low blood sugar reaction. 

-- You should not consume complex carbohydrates or foods like beans that produce gas and cramping 

two to three hours before an event due to their fiber content, which takes longer to digest. 

--Hydration is crucial. Drink water throughout the day. If you are playing in a hot, humid environment or 

tend to sweat a lot, it is important to drink even more fluids to prevent dehydration. During a game or 

practice lasting longer than one hour, drink a sports drink like Gatorade, Powerade, etc. These products 

help replenish electrolytes lost through sweat, as well as provide a good carbohydrate source to help 

delay fatigue. 

After a Soccer Event

-- Keep drinking as you cool down. This helps to flush out toxins and replenish fluids in your body. 

-- Eating a small snack 15 to 60 minutes after practice or a game helps to replenish fuel stores and can 

help lead to a quicker recovery.  Examples include trail mix, an apple, cheese sticks.


-- Before practice or a game, it’s important to stretch the major muscle groups to stimulate blood flow, 

which will help prevent soreness and injury. Your coach or trainer will provide stretching exercises 

specific to the age and performance level of your athlete.

-- Pay special attention to any muscle groups that have given you problems in the past. 

-- It’s always a good idea to do a light warm-down jog after training, and additional stretching if areas 

feel tight.

-- Discuss any strains or issues with your trainer or coach.

-- After your athlete completes stretching, he or she will be ready to start more intense activities and 


Located together for your convenience at Memorial City Gate Medical Center, 120 Coleman’s Crossing 

Blvd., Marysville 43040:

Memorial Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine 

937 578 7841

-- Student Athlete Injury Clinic:  Monday – Friday, 2 pm – 4 pm (call otherwise)

-- Sports Medicine:   Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 7 pm; Friday, 7 am – 7 pm

-- Athletic Performance Training: Saturday: 8 am – Noon

-- Physical Therapy: Monday – Thursday, 7 am – 7 pm; Friday, 7 am – 5 pm

Memorial Urgent Care 

937 578 4310

Monday – Friday, 9 am – 9 pm

Weekends, 9 am – 6 pm

(check website for holiday schedule)

Memorial Orthopedic and Sports Medicine: medical practice of orthopedic specialists Mark Stover, 

DO; Douglas Skura, MD; Timothy Lynch, DO; and Rachel Hoying, PA-C

937 578 4200

Monday – Thursday, 8 am – 5 pm

Friday, 7 am – 1 pm
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