History of Lafayette Orthopaedic Clinic Sports Medicine

In 1992, the Lafayette Orthopaedic Clinic Sports Medicine program was born with Laura Harrison being the first athletic trainer to provide part time athletic training services to Rossville, Attica and Seeger High Schools.   The need to provide quality health care for high school athletes was growing rapidly and more schools were interested in contracting for sportsmedicine services.    Laura’s position soon became full time with Dr. Robert Hagen serving as Medical Director for the outreach program. 

In 2003, the sportsmedicine program had grown to include three full time athletic trainers on staff (Laura Harrison, Kyle Need and Marion Vruggink) and 11 Lafayette area schools were contracting for services.  John Edwards, athletic trainer and physical therapist at Lafayette Rehabilitation Services, was hired to serve as the Director of Unity Sportsmedicine.   Dr. Hagen at Lafayette Orthopaedic Clinic would continue to serve as Medical Director for the outreach program.

Dr. Michael Krauss, Sportsmedicine Physician who served as team physician at Purdue University for 12 years, joined the LOC staff in 2006.   By adding Dr. Krauss, athletes would now have a local sportsmedicine center that is able to take care of their total orthopaedic needs along with other medical conditions common to athletes such as concussions and wrestling skin conditions.  

Dr. Krauss continues to work closely with area athletic trainers.  He also provides services by visiting area high schools during the week to see injured athletes that are referred by the athletic trainers.  The long time model of healthcare for collegiate and professional athletes is currently in place for Lafayette area high school athletes.   

As of 2015, Lafayette Orthopaedic Clinic Sports Medicine employs seven full time athletic trainers and nine part-time / prn athletic trainers.  John Edwards continues to serve as the Director of the LOC Sport Medicine Program.   Drs. Hagen and Krauss are the Medical Physician Directors for the outreach program.   Over 15 Lafayette area schools are being served by this program.  Additionally, Drs. Hagen, Krauss, Daluga, Highhouse, Bauman, Page and Virkler provide a service to the community by covering Friday night football games in the area.