Our Program

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The sports performance coaches, physical therapists and athletic trainers in UW Health Sports Medicine's Sports Performance program develop comprehensive programs accessible to athletes of all ages and ability levels, with an emphasis on long-term athlete development.


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Our Exceptional Staff

UW Health Sports Performance offers a truly professional staff, all of whom have pursued advanced training in their areas of expertise.


Meet Our Staff:

Liz Chumanov, DPT, PhD

Liz practices physical therapy at the UW Health Sports Rehabilitation Clinic. Liz has a special interest in helping moms return to running following childbirth and uses her training in ultrasound imaging to retrain the abdominal muscles following chi...

Karl E. Fry, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Karl practices physical therapy at Sports Rehabilitation at UW Health at The American Center. He is board certified by the American Physical Therapy Association as an orthopedic certified specialist. His special interests include shoulder and foot re...

Dave J. Knight, LAT, TPI, USAW

Dave is the Sports Performance program manager for UW Health Sports Medicine at The American Center. He has worked at UW Health Sports Medicine since 2005. In that time, Dave has worked to develop strategies to reduce sports injuries while improving ...

Shilagh A. Mirgain, PhD

Dr. Mirgain's clinical interests include individual and couples psychotherapy with patients with mood, anxiety disorders and adjustment issues, sport psychology and peak performance training, pre-surgical psychological evaluations, and individual and...

Doug Mueller, CSCS

Doug is an Exercise Specialist in Sports Performance at UW Health at The American Center. Doug graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in Exercise Science. Since graduation, he has interned with the Milwaukee Brewers and Wisconsi...

Kirk D. Schulz, PT, OCS, CSCS, TPI-MP2

Kirk practices physical therapy at Sports Rehabilitation at UW Health at The American Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as an orthopedic certified specialist and holds a specialist certification in st...


From Our Program Manager


Program manager Dave Knight talks about our experienced, qualified staff.


Our Sports Performance Center

UW Health at The American Center features a state-of-the-art sports medicine and athletic training facility that is unique in the state in the way it helps athletes become stronger, faster and better athletes.


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From Our Program Manager


Program manager Dave Knight talks about the "best facility in the state."



About Our Facility


Our state-of-the-art facility includes:


  • 22,000 square feet of indoor sports performance space
  • 13,000 square feet of Field Turf™
  • 2,100-square-foot outdoor medicine ball training space and medicine ball wall
  • Center for Sports Movement, equipped to assess runners, golfers, cyclists, throwers, jumpers and ACL return-to-sport athletes
  • Eight-camera, 3-D movement evaluation and 2-D video assessment
  • In-ground force plates
  • Cycle-fit
  • Racermate power assessment for cyclists
  • TRX training area
  • Full, high school-regulation basketball/volleyball court
  • Four-lane, high-energy sprint track
  • Four-lane lap pool with reaction time starting blocks, with multi-view, under/above water camera system with large-playback flat screen monitor
  • Outdoor acceleration/deceleration field
  • Indoor, drop-down netting on field turf for baseball, softball, lacrosse, golf and more
  • Dedicated strength development area
  • Titleist Performance Institute: K-vest 3D swing analysis
  • Outdoor sand agility training area

Our Versatile Program Offerings

In addition to our comprehensive athletic training sessions and one-on-one and team training offerings, UW Health Sports Performance's complete training program provides access to a full array of support services:


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Sport Psychology


UW Health Sports Medicine offers sport psychology services for athletes who want to best use their mental and emotional skills to achieve peak athletic performance.


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Sports Massage


UW Health Sports Medicine offers sports massage for performance enhancement, injury prevention, recovery assistance and rehabilitation.


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Sports Rehabilitation


Rehabilitation specialists provide services to help athletes rehabilitate their injuries and return to sport.


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Integrative Health 


Dedicated to helping you achieve your highest potential for wellness, we have a healing-oriented philosophy that focuses on less invasive therapies to help remove barriers that may be blocking the body's ability to heal.


Learn more about UW Health Integrative Health

Our Sound Philosophy of Athletic Development

We promote a culture of physical literacy through movement competency and physical capacity while emphasizing injury prevention within the continuum of sports performance.



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