Welcome to La Salle High School's Sports Medicine page. Our sports medicine team of Dr. Robert Burger, Head Athletic Trainer Dan Forcum, and Athletic Trainer Alex Popken are all employed by Beacon Orthopedics. Our team provides a complete range of sports medicine services, including: injury prevention & care, physician referral, medical imaging and diagnosis, and rehabilitation. 

Our Medical Team

Dr. Burger

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Team Physician - Dr. Robert Burger, M.D

Robert Burger, M.D. considers himself most blessed to have the privilege of practicing Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery in his home town of Cincinnati. He is a founding member of Beacon Orthopaedics, served as President of Beacon for six years, and was a member of the Executive Committee for Beacon’s first 20 years.

Dr. Burger earned his Medical Degree in 1985 and completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency in 1990 at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He then completed his Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship in 1991 at the nationally renowned Hughston Orthopaedic Clinic, where he worked directly with Dr. Jack Hughston, the first President of the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine and the first editor of the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Dr. Burger maintains active certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, along with subspecialty certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.

Dr. Burger is actively engaged in the field of sports medicine, and he has been the Medical Director and Head Team Physician for Xavier University athletics since 1999. He has also served as Assistant Team Physician and 0rthopaedic Consultant for the Cincinnati Reds.  Further, Dr. Burger is the Head Orthopaedic Surgeon and Team Physician for Mount Saint Joseph University athletics, along with the Cincinnati Steam. He also proudly serves as the Head Team Physician for his alma mater, La Salle High School, a position he has held since 1992.

Dr. Burger was honored as the Outstanding Team Physician by the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2009 and was recognized by the Ohio Joint Advisory Board of Sports Medicine as Outstanding Team Physician in 2010. In addition, he has been recognized nearly every year over the past twenty by his peers as a “Top Physician” in Orthopaedic Surgery by Cincinnati Magazine.

Dan Forcum

Head Athletic Trainer - Dan Forcum 

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Dan has been the Head Athletic Trainer at La Salle HS since 2005. He graduated from the College of Mount St Joseph in 2003 with a B.S in Athletic Training. Dan has been employed by Beacon Orthopedics since the spring of 2007 serving the La Salle community and helping in the West PT office.  In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors, hiking and camping, obstacle course racing and training, the Bengals, and spending time with his family. Dan and his wife Nicole live in Westwood with their 2 children Logan and Holli.

Alex Popken

Athletic Trainer - Alex Popken, AT, ATC, CSCS

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Alex currently works as a Certified Athletic Trainer at La Salle High School and Beacon West Physical Therapy Clinic. She received her BS in Athletic Training from The Ohio State University in 2017. She is from Cincinnati (White Oak) and attended Mount Notre Dame High School. In her free time, she enjoys working out, running Spartan Races, and hanging out with family and friends.

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NATA Safe Sport School

La Salle Athletic Training program is a NATA Safe Sport School.  According to the NATA website, The Safe Sports School Award recognizes secondary schools around the country that take the crucial steps to keep their athletes free from injuries.  As a First Award recipient, our Athletic Training staff are required to adhere to the following:

  • Create a positive athletic health care administrative system

  • Provide or coordinate per-participation physical examinations

  • Promote safe and appropriate practice and competitive facilities

  • Plan for selection, fit function, and proper maintenance of athletic equipment

  • Provide a permanent, appropriately equipped area to evaluate and treat injured athletes

  • Develop injury and illness prevention strategies, including protocols for environmental conditions

  • Provide or facilitate injury intervention

  • Create and rehearse venue-specific Emergency Action Plan

  • Provide or facilitate psychosocial consultation and nutritional counseling/education

  • Be sure athletes and parents are educated of the potential benefits and risks in sports as well as their responsibilities

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