LHS Sports Medicine


Team Physicians

Tom Baier, MD

Greenleaf Orthopaedics Associates - Bone & Joint Surgery

Since 1985, Dr. Baier has been practicing Orthopedic Surgery in Lake County and was recently bestowed with “America’s Best Physician” award by the National Consumer Advisory Board in early 2017.

He has a special interest in anterior total hip and cementless total knee replacements.  His extensive training with the innovative anterior total hip reconstruction distinguishes him from other surgeons in his field.  Since 2014, he has used this technique almost exclusively with great success and high patient satisfaction. In addition, for over a decade, Dr. Baier has been using a total knee replacement approach that allows the patient’s own bone to grow and secure prosthetic placement, thus eliminating the need for “bone glue” (methylmethacrylate).  This is commonly referred to Cementless Total Knee Replacement, and if the patient qualifies, the surgery can be performed as an outpatient or usually a short hospital stay.

Dr. Baier also has a strong background in sports medicine and arthroscopy, including arthroscopic ACL reconstruction and meniscal surgery. He has served as the team physician for the Libertyville High School football team since 1986, and local area boys' club football and soccer teams.

Dr. Baier is a father of 4. In 2007, after being influenced by two of his sons serving in the United States Marine Corps, he enlisted in the Army Reserve.  He served as a Major, and was able to use his medical experience to support our military members injured in combat. He completed 3 deployments: Iraq in the summer of 2008 and Afghanistan in the winter of 2010 and spring 2012. After 8 years of service, he resigned his commission as a Lieutenant Colonel in November, 2015.  

Dr. Baier graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign, and attended Rush Medical School. He completed his residency at Southern Illinois University in Springfield, the major orthopaedic trauma referral center for central Illinois.

Mark Smyth, MD

Greenleaf Orthopaedics Associates - Bone & Joint Surgery

Dr. Smyth graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Molecular and Cellular biology. He then completed his Medical Doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago where he was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha honors Society for his academic excellence.

Following medical school, Dr. Smyth completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the esteemed Campbell Clinic in Memphis, TN. Additionally, he is specialized in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine from the University of Chicago. Through his training, he has worked with team physicians for the Chicago Bears, the Chicago Fire, NBA Memphis Grizzlies, Memphis Redbirds (AAA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals), University of Memphis, the University of Chicago, and numerous high schools in the Memphis and Chicago areas.

Greg Crovetti, MD

Chicago Hand & Orthopedic Center - Internal / Musculoskeletal

Dr. Crovetti treats all musculoskeletal medical conditions in the active individual. Dr. Crovetti has provided medical coverage to many professional, collegiate, and high school events. These events include professional hockey, national boxing tournaments, world karate chanpionships, Lexington ballet troop, elite cheerleading club, collegiate sporting events, and state tournaments in wrestling and basketball. Also, Dr. Crovetti provided medical coverage to the first ever Eco-Challenge in Utah and the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii.

Ron Russ, MS/AT

Head Athletic Trainer
847/327-7081 

Mr. Russ is entering his 32nd  year as the Head Athletic Trainer and his 27th  year as a full-time teacher. Mr. Russ works in the Physical Welfare Department teaching Sports Medicine and Driver Education. In addition to his full-time teaching assignments, he is responsible for the administration of the Sports Medicine Program.

Mr. Russ is a Certified Athletic Trainer (AT) by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and Licensed in the State of Illinois. He also holds professional memberships with the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA) and the Illinois Athletic Trainers’ Association (IATA). Mr. Russ received his Master of Science degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Arizona and his Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University. Part of his career includes being the Head Athletic Trainer in professional football and being an Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. His clinical experience included being the Director of Sports Medicine at two area hospital programs along with patient rehabilitation in the physical therapy departments. Also clinically, he has worked for Physical Therapy Services, LTD and treated athletes from the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, and Chicago Soccer Club “Sting”. His career also gave him an opportunity to appear in the Warner Brothers movie “Wildcats” with Goldie Hawn.

Sara Wright, MS/AT

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Sara has worked at LHS as an athletic trainer since 1998. Sara has been a Certified Athletic Trainer (AT) since 1994. She is certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and licensed by the State of Illinois.  Other current memberships are with the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA), and the Illinois Athletic Trainers’ Association (IATA). Sara earned her Master of Science degree in physical education from Ohio University and her Bachelor of Science in physical education with a teachers’ certification from Eastern Illinois University.

Sara’s experiences in athletic training include working Zion-Benton Township High School, Eastern Illinois University, The Long Beach Aces (Women’s Professional Baseball Team), and START a physical therapy clinic in California. Sara’s interests include playing softball, camping, bike riding, competing in triathlons and spending time with family and friends.  Sara and Will have 5 children; Kylie, Lillian, David, Madelynn, and Natalie.

Sarah Pettit, BS/AT

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Sarah is in her second year at LHS as a contracted part-time assistant athletic trainer. She  was certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) in 2016 and Licensed by the State of Illinois.

Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in athletic training from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2016.  Her involvement at the university included clinical rotations with some university sports and DC Everest and Amherst high schools. Sarah holds current memberships with the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association (GLATA) and the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers Association (WATA).

Sarah’s other interests include playing volleyball, traveling to the Pacific Northwest, and stand-up paddleboarding.


Student Athletic Trainers

Student athletic trainers volunteer their time to assist with practice and game preparations. These students are enrolled in a Sports Medicine/Athletic Training class that gives them an opportunity to observe first-hand the procedures of the physicians, athletic trainers, and Emergency Medical System (EMS). The course instructs students in the prevention, immediate care, therapy, and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries. Laboratory and case studies also constitute the major components of the coursework. This experience is invaluable for those students considering a career in becoming an athletic trainer, physician, physical therapist, or any other health care profession. The student athletic trainer's assistance is greatly appreciated by the medical staff and coaches. They are in integral part of all our teams. A grateful Thank You to the entire student athletic trainers for their willingness and dedication to help keep our athletes healthy and safe.


Parent Information

This Sports Medicine information is designed to help explain to the parent and athlete the procedures used at Libertyville High School's Sports Medicine Program following an injury or illness.

Parent Handbook


Concussion Policy for Libertyville High School

Concussion Policy