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The Cookeville Regional Sports Medicine Center offers comprehensive sports medicine services from injury prevention and conditioning to therapy.

Whatever the playing field, whatever the injury, athletes trust the specialists at Cookeville Regional Sports Medicine Clinic to get them back in the game.

Specialist David Maldonado, a doctor of physical therapy, athletic trainer and sports clinical specialist, can help athletes do just that.

However, before you play, you need to get a sports physical.

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) says you must get a sports physical. This is also called a PPE (Preparticipation Physical Evaluation). The PPE promotes the health and well-being of athletes as they train and compete. It also helps keep athletes safe as they play sports. It is not meant to stop them from playing.

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You can contact your ATC at the individual school for questions regarding sports physicals.


Contact Us

Cookeville Regional Sports Medicine Center

146 S. Willow Ave. (in the Willow Tree Shopping Center)
Cookeville, TN 38505
931-783-2464 (fax)

Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Appointments before or after those hours are available upon request.

What does an athletic trainer do?

Athletic training encompasses the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions. Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA), Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an allied health care profession.

What does a Sports Clinical Specialist do?

As a Sports Clinical Specialist, Maldonado is a sports injury expert who offers high level rehab that cannot be found elsewhere in town.

Work with athletes in identifying their weak muscle links that inhibit optimal performance

Examine an athlete’s gait and determine how improve speed and reduce injury

Administer proper strength and endurance training to minimize injury and increase overall performance

Teach athletes agility training to improve speed, power, coordination, and muscle reflexes

Identify imbalances in core stability and strength and make necessary changes to correct those imbalances

Help clients enhance sport-specific skills and/or develop brand new skills

Design cardiovascular programs to maximize aerobic capacity for endurance athletes

What does a sports medicine clinic do?

Maldonado provides expert diagnosis and management of all musculoskeletal injuries that result from any form of physical activity whether it is during sport, work or leisure.

Outpatient therapy

Outpatient physical therapy is designed for patients who are in need of physical therapy due to an injury or serious medical condition but are independent enough to receive these services while living at home.

The focus of outpatient physical therapy is helping people improve their mobility and quality of life, so they can get back to daily activities. Visits tend to be between 30 and 60 minutes, with additional exercises that a patient can do at home.

For Your Appointment

Wear loose-fitting clothing that you will feel free to move and comfortable exercising in. Your first session won’t be very physically demanding. We will spend time assessing your current condition and discussing your future goals for therapy and activity.