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The Illinois Sports Science Institute is a state-of-the-art Human Performance Laboratory dedicated to the comprehensive medical evaluation, sports diagnostic, testing, and education of elite adolescent athletes between the ages of 12-18.


ISSI is leading the way, guiding young athletes to utilize the power of sports science for an exceptional athletic journey.

We collaborate with determined athletes dedicated to success.

With our medical expertise, specialized team, age-appropriate equipment, and top-notch infrastructure, we're shaping the next generation of athletes, fine-tuning their athletic potential. 

ISSI athletes have consistently reached their peak performance across various levels of competition.

We work with athletes who are serious about their success and have aspirations to make it on the team, qualify for the finals or have their eye on a Collegiate Scholarship.

Sports Science Lab


  • State-of-the-art Human Performance Laboratory

  • Specialized for young athletes

  • Age-appropriate equipment and infrastructure

  • A nurturing environment to fine-tune athletic machinery

  • Proven track record of athletes reaching their full potential across competition levels

Dr. Boas

"The Illinois Sports Science Institute represents a unique program specifically designed for the adolescent athlete.   

I look forward to helping you and your child achieve their athletic goals."


Steven R. Boas, M.D.


The Illinois Sports Science Institute was founded by Steven R. Boas, M.D. Under his medical leadership, ISSI evaluates adolescent athletes committed to reaching their potential.

Dr. Boas is a Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He has been a practicing Sports Pulmonologist for over 30 years.  


Dr. Boas is a practicing Sports Pulmonologist elected by his peers, becoming a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics, and numerous other medical professional societies. Dr. Boas is well published in many peer reviewed medical journals and medical textbooks. He has presented his research at numerous national and international medical conferences.

He is a board certified Pediatric Pulmonologist with a specialized focus on Sports Pulmonology. He has evaluated and treated thousands of adolescent athletes helping them achieve optimal peak performance.


Dr. Boas received his Medical Degree from the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. He completed his Pediatric Residency training at Boston City Hospital and Nassau County University Medical Center followed by a Pulmonary Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He completed additional training with the esteemed Oded Bar Or, M.D. who is recognized as the father of Pediatric Sports Medicine as well as exercise pioneers including Drs. Karlman Wasserman, Lyle Micheli, and David Orenstein.

Dr. Boas has served on the Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Boards for the Cystic Fibrosis Institute, American Association for Respiratory Care, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine. Dr. Boas serves as an expert reviewer for many medical journals.


In his role as a Medical Educator, Dr. Boas has mentored students from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, University of Illinois – Chicago, Loyola, etc. helping to train the next generation of health care professionals.

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