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Athletic Training & Sports Safety

O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me. Psalm 30:2

Our Mission

- The health and well-being of the athletes is our number one priority.

- Education about preventative care is essential to reducing injuries.

- Proper rehabilitation helps to ensure that return to play status is achieved quickly.

- Communication with parents, coaches, physical therapists, physicians, and the athletic trainer is key to ensuring that the athlete is receiving the best care possible.

- Maintaining healthy fitness levels through yearlong exercise and the proper nutrition are important for every athlete.

- Education on properly caring for acute and chronic injuries is vital for achieving a quick recovery.

Team Doctors

Dr. Robert Grumet, MD – Team Physician

Dr. Grumet is a board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with sub specialty training in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic Surgery.  He specializes in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, knee and hip with a special emphasis in cartilage restorative procedures and hip arthroscopy.  Dr. Grumet grew up in Colorado before becoming a permanent resident of Southern California. He earned his Bachelor of Science with Honors in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.  Dr. Grumet also earned his medical degree from USC where he was a Dean’s Scholar for the Junior/Senior curriculum.  For his orthopedic residency, he trained at the University of California, Irvine.  He completed his fellowship training at the prestigious Rush University Medical Center in Chicago under Doctors Bach, Cole, Romeo, Nicholson, Verma and Bush-Joseph.  While at Rush, Dr. Grumet participated as one of the team physicians for the Chicago Bulls, White Sox and multiple semi-professional, university and high school sports teams.  He has had extensive experience in caring for athletes at all levels.  Dr. Grumet has received many awards and honors including Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Societies, the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Award, and the Senior Resident Research Awards.  He has contributed to the advancement of sports medicine through his research and has published extensively on topics including rotator cuff pathology and repair, shoulder instability, ACL reconstruction and revision, and cartilage restoration.  Dr. Grumet has also served as an instructor for orthopaedic surgical residents.  Dr. Grumet is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Association, California Orthopaedic Association and American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He has also been honored as an Emerging Leader by the American Orthopaedic Association.

David W. Kruse, MD – Team Physician

Dr. Kruse is a board certified family medicine and sports medicine physician, and serves as the director of primary care sports medicine at the Orthopedic Specialty Institute in Orange, CA.  He offers expertise in general medical needs of the athlete, such as concussion management, as well as the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries.  Kruse currently works with many local sports clubs and high schools, as well as UC Irvine's intercollegiate student-athletes.  Kruse earned his Bachelor of Science degree from UC Berkeley, medical degree from UC San Diego and completed his residency in family medicine at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.  While completing a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at Memorial Hospital of South Bend, IN, he also served as a team physician at the University of Notre Dame and other area colleges and schools.  Kruse is a six-time all-American NCAA gymnast, and a former member of the USA Senior Men’s Gymnastics Team.  As a current member of USA Gymnastics’ medical staff, Kruse provides care at national gymnastics competitions and provides medical consultation for USA Gymnastics’ national team members.


Concordia University Nursing & Athletic Training Programs
Each year the CUI nursing program sends 10-15 upper level nursing students to assist with the annual Athletic Clearance Day. In addition, Crean Lutheran High School serves as a preceptor site for the athletic training education program at CUI.

Compete Sports Performance and Rehab
Compete is located approximately 10 minutes from CLHS and provides both Sports Performance and Sports Rehab services. Compete is owned by former Anaheim Ducks Athletic Trainer, Chris Phillips.  For more information, please visit Welcome to Compete Sports Performance