Sports Medicine

Melissa Haupt, Athletic Trainer
Telephone: 651-683-1525
Fax: 651-683-1519

Our Partnership

stadium_lights.jpgSports and Orthopaedic Specialists has provided athletic training services to Saint Thomas Academy since 2004. As an athletic trainer, Melissa Haupt has the knowledge, experience, and skills to evaluate and treat your son’s injuries should the situation occur. In addition, Melissa has immediate access to physicians if needed. All of our physicians are fellowship trained sub-specialists who focus their expertise on one or two body parts. We provide team physician coverage to the Minnesota Twins and Metropolis Rugby, as well as several colleges and high schools in the metro area, including Saint Thomas Academy. Melissa can help facilitate getting your son seen immediately by a physician. Please do not hesitate to utilize her; this will allow Melissa to be aware of the situation and keep you, the coaches, and administration informed of your son’s status. Melissa can be contacted at 651-683-1525 (office) or (e-mail).

Treatment/Injury Rehab

Athletic Trainers are contracted by the school to serve our student-athletes and are available for consultation each day after school from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Athletes who need to see the Trainer should advise their coaches that they may be absent from a portion of practice. Parents desiring specific information regarding a student-athlete’s injuries or rehabilitation are encouraged to call the Athletic Trainer at 651-683-1525.

Return to Play

If an athlete is seen by a physician for an injury or illness that keeps him out of practices/games, he MUST have a signed doctors' note or "Return to Play" form before he is allowed to resume participation. The paperwork can be faxed to the athletic office at 651-683-1519 or given directly to the athletic trainer. 

Nutrition Guidelines for Athletes

All these points are covered in-depth in the file.
- Nutrition is your secret weapon
- Develop a habit of eating frequently - Learn HOW TO EAT
- Breakfast is for champions
- Learn how to time your nutrient intake
- Be smart about nutrition supplementation
- Have a plan to achieve success
- Be smart when dining out
- Stay hydrated
- Don't underestimate the importance of snacking

Concussion Information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Web site provides credible, unbiased health information.

ImPact Testing
STA and Sports and Orthopaedics Specialists offer an innovative concussion management program for athletes or individuals who are at risk for a concussion. The program is called ImPACT (Immediate Post Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) and involves an online exam that each athlete takes prior to the athletic season. This baseline test can be administered at STA or at a Sports and Orthopaedic Specialists clinic. Retesting every year is recommended for maturing individuals. Baseline testing is done on the STA campus, administered by the athletic trainer.  All costs for the baseline testing and post-injury testing for school-sponsored activities are covered by STA.