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Sports Medicine

The mission of the Concordia Sports Medicine program is to ensure safe sport participation for all students, provide high-quality healthcare and encourage physical activity as an extension of the student experience.

Athletic Training Support

What is Athletic Training?

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are health care professionals who collaborate with physicians. The services provided by ATs are comprised of injury prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions.* Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association (AMA) as a health care profession.

*This definition is approved by the NATA's nomenclature work group and the NATA Board of Directors, January 2013.

Board of Certification


Concordia Coaches and Athletic Trainer collaborate to develop physical programs to prevent injury, as well as improve student-athlete performance. The Athletic Training Room’s newest addition, a custom-made ice bath, can accommodate up to 8 student-athletes to reduce soreness and inflammation - preventing injury. The Hydrocollator heat pack system can assist warming up soreness and ameliorate minor aches and pains.

Injury Evaluation and Management

The Athletic Training Room is well-equipped with modalities that rivals most clinics in Shanghai. The Game Ready cold and compression therapy unit can be utilized in the acute stage of an injury to limit the extent of damage after an injury mechanism. Ultrasound/Electric Stimulation combo unit uses sound waves and electrical currents to help promote healing.

Treatment and Rehabilitation

The various health & fitness equipment at Concordia allows a thorough rehabilitation for nearly any pathology. Athletic Trainers are skilled in the comprehensive rehabilitation and reconditioning process following an injury.

SimpleSet is an exercise prescription software that streamlines programs to the patient’s devices with detailed instruction of rehabilitation. This software is also used by coaches and PE teachers for team workout programs and curriculum.

Emergency and Concussion Management

All high-risk sport participants will take a baseline, computer-based concussion assessment tool called ImPACT. If your child sustains a head-injury and may have suffered a concussion, ImPACT can be used to help make a diagnosis and return-to-play decision. Upon diagnosis of a concussion, the student’s symptoms will be monitored daily by Concordia’s web-based symptom score sheet. This score sheet progressively tracks improvement of symptoms to assist Return to Learn (RTL) and Return to Play (RTP) decisions.

Emergency Action Plan and Concussion Policy

Athletic Trainer & Team Physician

Concordia Athletic Trainer

Jennifer Rizzo joins us from Southern California. She is an alumnus of Concordia University Irvine, where she earned a BA in Exercise and Sport Science with an emphasis in Athletic Training and earned a Master of Business Administration. She earned a Doctorate in Education: Sports Management, emphasis in Sports Medicine at the United States Academy in Daphne, Alabama. Dr. Rizzo worked at Concordia University Irvine for 12 years holding multiple positions as athletic trainer for the women’s beach and indoor volleyball, basketball and baseball teams. She also was teaching faculty in the Athletic Training Education Program, program director and athletic training clinical education coordinator. Dr. Rizzo is affiliated with the National Athletic Trainers Association, Far West Athletic Trainers Association, California Athletic Training Association and Certified Athletic Trainers of China. Dr. Rizzo has certifications in NASM-CES, cupping therapy and CPR instructor certifications through American Heart Association and American Red Cross. She maintains her many certifications in the field of Athletic Training and is always looking for ways to continue her education through conferences, seminars, and trainings. Dr. Rizzo played volleyball in college at Georgia State University and continues to enjoy recreational volleyball. She also enjoys being outdoors and you can frequently find her training for triathlons.

Team Physician

Dr. Derk Rietveld is a Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgeon who serves as Concordia's Team Physician. He volunteers his expertise to provide appropriate care to any necessary injury cases. Dr. Derk specializes in arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder joints. His primary clinic is conveniently located at Parkway in Jinqiao.


  • MBBS, Leiden University Medical Center (the Netherlands)
  • Internships in new orthopedic operation techniques in USA, Switzerland and Malaysia
  • Founder and Medical Director 5 orthopedic clinics (the Netherlands)
  • Orthopedic Surgeon, Annatommie (the Netherlands)
  • Fellowship in knee at the Reinier de Graaf Ziekenhuis, Delft (the Netherlands)
  • Medical Director, Leiden Bone Bank Foundation (the Netherlands)