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Primary Care for Athletes

Primary Care for Athletes

 

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For more information, call the Houston Methodist Willowbrook Athletic Trainer hotline at 281-737-2120.

 

Same day appointments for evaluation of ill or injured athletes always available!
281-737-0902

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Read our recently published article on the Sideline Management of Young Athletes.

The primary care sports medicine team of Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Willowbrook works closely with their orthopedic colleagues, rehabilitation therapists, team coaches and certfied athletic trainers to keep athletes and the active of all ages in peak form and optimal health.

Primary Care Sports Medicine specialists are physicians with a primary certification in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics or Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Additionally, these specialists undergo sports medicine training in a recognized sub–specialty fellowship program.

"Rather than specializing in an organ system or disease process, we are specialists in dealing with the unique health needs of a subset of the population….athletes."
Dr. Scott Rand, Primary Care Sports Medicine Specialist

 

These physicians perform the same functions as primary care physicians but have additional expertise on the effects of exercise on health and medical conditions, as well as the impact that certain health problems or environmental stresses have on exercise.

The role of a primary care sports medicine specialist is to help athletes maintain the best overall physical well–being using the latest technology, including a new human performance lab, and least invasive treatment plans possible.

This may include:

  • Evaluation and treatment of chronic overuse injuries
  • Concussion management using computerized neuropsychological testing
  • Routine health care including health maintenance exams, sports participation physicals and work physicals
  • General injury prevention
  • Non operative management of arthritis and back pain
  • Management of acute or chronic diseases to maximize safe sports performance, such as infectious mononucleosis, high blood pressure, diabetes or asthma
  • Exercise stress testing for sports clearance or exercise prescription
  • Advice on strength training and overall conditioning

While most sports injuries are thought to involve broken bones, torn ligaments, cartilage or joint damage, many may be neurological or associated with other chronic or acute illness.

Primary care sports medicine specialists also treat non–musculoskeletal injuries (those not typically classified as a bone, muscle, or joint injury) to help athletes overcome challenges.

Some of these types of sports medicine problems or areas of focus may include:

  • Concussions or other mild traumatic head injuries
  • Chronic or acute illnesses such as infections, diabetes or asthma that often need to be managed differently in athletes
  • Poor nutrition
  • Over training, muscle fatigue
  • Environmental challenges including problems related to heat and altitude

The sports medicine specialists are trained to assess an athlete´s overall well–being and ability to "return to play." Their goal is to get athletes back in their sport as safely and quickly as possible...and stronger than ever.

Some of the diagnostic and performance testing available to athletes at the Methodist Center for Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at Willowbrook includes the latest in ImPACT Concussion Testing, stress and lung capacity testing. The technologically advanced facility also features a Human Performance lab to perform lactate and VO2 Max testing – helping endurance athletes maximize their performance.

A comprehensive rehabilitation center is complete with running and throwing lanes, physical therapy and occupational (hand and wrist) therapy – under the supervision of rehabilitative specialists and athletic trainers.

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