Ralph Reiff

Ralph  Reiff

Ralph Reiff, a licensed athletic trainer and current Director of Sports Medicine and Sports Performance for St. Vincent Hospital of Indianapolis, has been designated by many as a leader in athlete performance management. Since 1981 Ralph has been athlete focused in the delivery of sports medicine and performance development. His efforts have earned him a national reputation as an innovator and leader.

Ralph started his career as athletic trainer for Butler University in Indianapolis where he managed the athlete health care, weight room and equipment for all sports. Ralph was also an assistant professor and developed the athletic trainer curriculum at Butler. During his tenure at Butler he was selected to provide sports medicine to many national and international sporting events and professional athletes. Ralph has managed the medical aspects of over twenty (20) NCAA events, including three (3) Men’s Final Four Basketball Championships, the 1988 and 1996 US Track & Field Olympic Trials, 2003 World Basketball Championships, Medical Director for the 2004 FINA Swimming World Championships and the 2006 USA Track Outdoor Championships.

Ralph was Manager of Athlete Care for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta. This selection took Ralph to Atlanta for eighteen months of planning, implementation and management of all medical and performance operations for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. Ralph is no stranger to Olympic events as he was selected by the United States Olympic Committee for the 1987 US Olympic Festival, numerous USA Basketball team selection events and was Head Athletic Trainer for the Gold Medal winning USA Basketball Team at the 1989 World University Games in Germany. Ralph was the athletic trainer for the 2006 USA Track & Field winning team at the DecaNation in Paris, France.

Ralph has published several articles on the medical management of sporting events and was a co-author for the Position Statement for Hydration for Athletes for the National Athletic Trainers Association. Ralph is in high demand by the medical and athlete community for his assessment and return to play management of athlete injuries. Ralph has managed or consulted on issues for athletes from the NFL, NBA and USA Olympic athletes of varied sports.

As a business leader Ralph has developed innovative measurements of sports medicine business for Hospitals and in 2001 opened the doors on a unique sports performance center in Indianapolis. His leadership is applauded by internal and external audiences for his results and his athlete centered culture.

Designated as a Sagamore of the Wabash by then Indiana Governor Robert Orr for his contributions to the welfare of the citizens of Indiana, Ralph has also been inducted into the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame and has also been recognized as a Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer in Indiana. Honorable United States Senator Richard Lugar recognized Ralph with a special citation for his health efforts in the State of Indiana.