Athletic Training

The Sports Medicine team at Dakota State University is committed to providing comprehensive, high-quality medical services to every student-athlete in a very timely fashion. On-site medical services provided include, but are not limited to, prevention, evaluation, and treatment of injuries and illnesses, rehabilitation services, and pre-participation exams. The primary sports medicine team is comprised of a team orthopedic physician and 2 state licensed athletic trainers. This professional staff is responsible for the health care and safety of over 300 student-athletes.

Matthew Ihler - Head Athletic Trainer

Matthew Ihler is in his first year as Dakota State University's Head Athletic Trainer.  He is no stranger to DSU where he was the assistant athletic trainer for the past three years.

Ihler obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science in 2009 from Dakota State.  He continued his education in the Athletic Training program at South Dakota State University where he received his Master's Degree in Athletic Training.  

Ihler received his certification in functional capacity assessment and basic nerve conduction velocity in 2013.  Prior coming to Dakota State, he worked at Sandhill Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic in Garden City, Kan.

Fax Number:  605-256-5230

Kim Leibel, ATC, EMT-P - Assistant Athletic Trainer

Kim Leibel is in her third year as an assistant athletic trainer.

Leibel obtained her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Souh Dakota State University in 2007.  She continued her education in a different field and got a certificate of Paramedic in 2010 from Avera McKennan school of EMS.

Prior to DSU, she worked at Hot Springs Ambulance.



Keith Baumgarten, M.D. - Team Orthopedic Physician

Dr. Keith Baumgarten joined the Dakota State University Sports Medicine Team in August 2005.  Dr. Baumgarten graduated from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, after which he completed a residency at Washington University - Barnes Jewish Hospital.

Dr. Baumgarten also completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.  While there, he was also an Associate Physician with the New York Mets baseball team.  Dr. Baumgarten specializes in sports medicine and shoulder surgery and also practices general orthopedics.  He is Board Eligible by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

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