"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

Our Staff
Chris D. Miller, MD
- Program Director

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.

Outreach/Clinical Services
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 physicians.
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
Rodeo Sports MedicineRodeo 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 rodeo arena.

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.

Sports Medicine Mobile FacilityInterior Photo Sports Medicine Mobile Facility
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Mobile Sports Training Faciliry  
   Mobile Sports Training Faciliry


Our Director 

Chris MillerChris 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 he provides.

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 summers.

Kansas Orthopaedic Center
Sports Medicine Program
7550 W Village Circle, S-1
Wichita, Kansas 67205


• Visit the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Website
• Visit the National High School Rodeo Association Website

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