"The goal of the sports medicine program is
to provide quality medical care to high school, collegiate, amateur,
professional, and recreational athletes."
The schedule will be updated as further
rodeos and dates are determined.
Click here to download a PDF version of the schedule.
Chris D. Miller, MD -
J.D. Smith , LAT, ATC – Rodeo Sports Medicine
Corey Neal, ATC – Outreach/Clinical Athletic Trainer
Certified Athletic Trainer
The Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) is a highly educated and
skilled professional specializing in athletic health care. Athletic
Trainers are nationally Certified through the NATA Board of Certification. ATC’s act as specialists in
prevention, recognition and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. The ATC provides evaluation and immediate care of
injuries incurred by the physically active. The ATC
also administers emergency care for acute sports injuries and rehabilitation
for chronic sports injuries.
In cooperation with physicians and other allied health care professionals,
the athletic trainer functions as an integral member of the health care team
in secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional sports
programs, recreational sports, industry, and sports medicine clinics.
Certified athletic trainers have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree from an
accredited athletic training education curriculum program. Student
athletic trainers study such topics as human anatomy, exercise, physiology,
biomechanics, emergency care, injury prevention and evaluation, nutrition,
psychology, pharmacology and administration.
Our certified athletic trainers cover several Kansas high
school and community events. We currently provide
contract sports medicine coverage to several local high schools. Dr. Miller serves as an Orthopaedic
consultant at two local area colleges as well.
Our contract coverage varies by school, however our ATC’s
general duties at the school usually include weekly visits for injury
evaluation and treatment as well as event coverage. During
the weekly consult at the high school an ATC will provide injury assessments
and rehabilitation services. ATC’s
also direct the athlete to more appropriate or advanced medical care when
necessary. ATC’s also act
as a liason between the athlete, parent, coach and
The ATC’s work on a daily basis, alongside our
physicians, in the outpatient clinic helping to return athletes/patients to
their pre-injury status. The ATC is an integral part
of the rehabilitation process for our patients.
Rodeo Sports Medicine
is a sport that knows no off-season and the incidence of injury is high. Frankly, the question isn’t if an athlete will be hurt,
but how badly. Inaugurated in 1995, the KOC Rodeo
Sports Medicine Program will cover over 150 high school, college, amateur and
professional rodeo performances yearly. The goal is
to provide quality care and education to rodeo athletes and to compliment
other rodeo sports medicine throughout the U.S. The
KOC Rodeo Sports Medicine Program is recognized as the "Official Sports
Medicine Provider " for Kansas High School Rodeo and the Central Plains
Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Our
national events include the Wrangler National Jr. High Finals Rodeo and the
National High School Finals Rodeo.
The KOC Rodeo Sports Team is comprised of Dr. Miller and a staff of Certified
Athletic Trainers who work with local health care professionals whenever
possible. Whether operating out of the new
"traveling training room" or out of the back of a truck, the KOC
Rodeo Sports Medicine Team provides a high caliber of care geared toward the
rodeo athlete’s needs and motivations. This is where
the sterile world of a doctor’s office meets the dusty environment of the
Mobile Training Room
KOC is proud to have two mobile training rooms as part of our
facilities for rodeo. These gooseneck trailers are
pulled by a pickup to the rodeos that we serve. Both
are climate controlled with heating and air conditioning and are fully
equipped with medical supplies that are found in most training rooms. This includes athletic supplies such as tape, padding,
splinting materials and bracing, modalities (compression hot/cold packs, stim units), treatment tables and wound care supplies. Educational materials are also available to help the
athlete better understand the injury and recovery.
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Chris Miller, MD is a board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in Arthroscopic Surgery of
the Knee and Shoulder and Sports Medicine.
He has a particular interest in working with the shoulders and
knees. Born in Wichita, he graduated
from Wichita Heights High School and earned both his undergraduate degree and
medical degrees from the University of Kansas.
As a native
Kansan, Dr. Miller is deeply proud of his home state and highly respectful of
its western heritage. The sincerity of
his interest in and commitment to sports medicine and the athlete’s well
being is matched only by the gratitude of those who benefit from the services
J.D. Smith, LAT, ATC
J.D. is a Certified Athletic Trainer who is licensed in the state of Kansas. He is originally from Protection, Kansas and attended
Pratt Community College where he earned an associates degree in Athletic
Training. J.D. then went to South Dakota State
University where he received his B.S. in Athletic Training.
He has been part of the Rodeo Sports Medicine Program since 2006. J.D. and his wife Lana live in Towanda, Kansas.
Corey Neal, ATC
Corey is a certified Athletic Trainer who is
licensed in the state of Kansas. He is a native of Tryon, Nebraska, and
attended the University of Nebraska-Kearney where he received his B.S. in
Athletic Training. After receiving his undergraduate degree, Corey
attended the University of West Alabama and graduated with his Master of Arts
in Physical Education. While in
Alabama, Corey covered the Cross Country and Rodeo teams. Corey is
currently the Head Athletic Trainer at Valley Center High School and assists
Dr. Chris Miller in the office. Corey joined the KOC Sports Medicine
Team in the fall of 2008 and will be doing some rodeo coverage during the
Kansas Orthopaedic Center
Sports Medicine Program
7550 W Village Circle, S-1
Wichita, Kansas 67205
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