Athletic Training

Mt. Vernon Sports Medicine

Mt Vernon High School has teamed up with Methodist Sports Medicine to provide nationally recognized healthcare access to our student-athletes. In doing so, we have compiled a healthcare team to evaluate, treat and rehabilitate our students back for a quicker and more thorough return to participation.

Medical Staff

Alex Csiernik, MS, LAT, ATC, CES – Athletic Trainer – Alex joined the Methodist Sports Medicine Staff in the winter of 2018 as a full time athletic trainer at Mt. Vernon High School. Before working for Methodist, he was briefly at Arsenal Technical High School during the 2018-2019 school year. From 2016-2018 Alex was an assistant athletic trainer at Lagrange College, a Division III Institution in LaGrange, GA.  While completing his Master’s Degree, he was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Indiana State University working primarily with the women’s basketball team.

A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Csiernik earned his bachelor’s of science degree in athletic training in 2014 from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. While there, he was a four-year member of the baseball team. He received his master’s of science degree in athletic training at Indiana State University in 2016.

Contact Info:
Office: (317) 485-3131 Ext 3 (Athletics)  
Fax: (317) 485-3153
Room F109


Dr. David Porter, MD – Team Physician – Dr. Porter is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle injuries and sports medicine. A native of Madisonville, Kentucky, he has been the team physician for Mt. Vernon HS since 1996, attending both home and away games with football. Dr. Porter also serves as an orthopedic consultant to the Indianapolis Colts, Purdue University and Indiana University. Dr. Porter and his wife, Theresa are proud parents of two daughters. Click here for more information on Dr. David Porter.

Pre-Participation Physicals

The physicians and staff of Methodist Sports Medicine provide pre-participation physicals for the athletes on a scheduled day each spring for $20/person. This screening fulfills the requirement by the IHSAA to have a physical on file prior to beginning any physical activity with a sport.  Any participation including weights, conditioning and open-gym activities require the physical form to be submitted as well.

ImPACT  Testing

Freshmen and Junior athletes participating in contact and collision sports are given a baseline ImPACT neurocognitive test during the beginning of their athletic seasons (also known by students as the baseline concussion test). The ImPACT test is a computerized measurement of verbal and visual memory, processing speed, attention span and reaction time. This baseline test can be used by a physician trained in sports concussion management to help make return to play decisions. Post-injury ImPACT tests must be administered in the office and are not available at the school. Click here for more information on concussions and ImPACT testing.

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