In fact clinic doctors and additional health professionals have already been working to help ensure the Tropics – who will start their fifth season of professional indoor soccer on Jan. 2 at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland – have every advantage possible in defending their Major Arena Soccer League Eastern Conference championship this coming season.
In addition to pre-season physicals, the clinic recently put each player through a number of physical and health tests – including Coronavirus testing – that will help them throughout the season.
Each player participated in a rigorous series of movement assessments, musculoskeletal skeleton exams and even EKG’s.
“Everything we’re doing is a baseline for the season,” explained Chris McMaster, Director of Operations for Bond Clinic, which recently opened it’s Lakeland Campus which presently features walk-in, pediatric, primary, OBGYN and nephrology care. It is also home to Bond Clinic’s Lakeland orthopedic and sports medicine operations.
McMaster explained gathering and tabulating all that health data will benefit each player not only during the season but all year long.
“The physical therapy department, the athletic training department, Dr. Weilin Liu and Dr. Paul Morin, they will look at what needs to be done for each individual athlete, and then they will tailor some specific programs each player can follow to be more successful,” McMaster explained.
Bond Clinic has been the Tropics presenting sponsor since the team came into existence in the fall of 2016, as well as their primary medical provider. Their recent expansion on East Edgewood Drive in Lakeland has brought additional benefits to the partnership.
“With our Lakeland campus now open, we’re able to take the services we’ve been able to provide to them in the past and take it to a new level,” said Ashley Scanlan, Bond Clinic’s Director of Marketing. “It’s a great opportunity to further help the team, and the services here are only going to continue to expand as we continue to develop our relationship with the community.”
Bond Clinic is a professional association made up of over 90 providers encompassing 28 specialties. Founded in 1948, Bond Clinic was one of the first businesses in downtown Winter Haven. Since that time, the clinic’s goal has been to bring comprehensive, personalized, state-of-the-art health care to the community.
The Tropics are currently in training camp for the 2020-21 season, which will kick off the first weekend of January with a doubleheader against the St. Louis Ambush, with a Jan. 2 kickoff time of 5:05 p.m. and a Sunday, January 3 start of 3:05 p.m.
The Tropics will play seven games in January, with three additional home dates of Jan. 8, 10 and 16 – before finishing the month on the road with games in St. Louis Jan. 29 and 31. Because of the changing nature of restrictions related to the ongoing pandemic, the MASL is releasing schedule dates on a month-to-month basis. The regular season will end in mid-April, with playoff rankings being determined by a team’s winning percentage. Florida was 18-3 last season before the Coronavirus outbreak caused the season to come to an early end.
For more information, including on ticket purchases, visit fltropics.com or call 863-240-0101. For more information on Bond Clinic, visit www. Bondclinc.com
Original Article by Brian Ackley on December 23, 2020.