From recreational athletes to competitive athletes, Dr. Pruitt specializes in treating athletes and returning them to the game as quickly and as safely as possible.
Orthopaedics, P.C. is committed to providing expert care in the Iowa Great Lakes Corridor and surrounding communities. Dr. Pruitt provides surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for the athletes and active individuals he provides care to. Our athletic trainers provide coverage for local area dance teams and the Iowa Lakes Community College Lakers soccer and swim teams.
What are athletic trainers?
Athletic trainers are specially-trained professionals in the health care industry who work to prevent, examine, diagnose, treat and rehabilitate athletic injuries. Sports teams from youth leagues to professional sports have athletic trainers on-site at practices and games in the case of an injury to one of their athletes. Athletic trainers are certified in emergency care like CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and first aid to provide the first line of care in the occurrence of an athletic injury or trauma.
Athletic trainers are becoming more widespread, but many high schools still do not have their own athletic trainers. Athletic training is recognized as an allied health care profession by the American Medical Association (AMA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA).
Sports Medicine & Fitness Institute
Orthopaedics, P.C. houses the Sports Medicine & Fitness Institute. This practice is directed by Dr. Alexander Pruitt; Jaime Lair, LAT, ATC; and Marci Yost, MA, LAT, ATC. The services offered by SMFI include:
- Injury assessment
- Immediate care and triaging
- Coordination of injury status with physician or organization
- Return-to-play planning
- Comprehensive team coverage
- Tournament or individual game coverage
- Education on injury triage and transport
After normal business hours are the prime hours for Sports Medicine. We make our services available during evenings and Saturdays and take emergency calls on Sundays for the injuries that cannot wait until Monday.