Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital Partners with Community to Help Kids Stay Active in Sports

SUGAR LAND, TX (June 19, 2014) – In the last year, more than 2400 area student athletes received medical support and services through Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

During this athletic season, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land provided medical support to middle and high school students in the Lamar Independent School District, and surrounding schools including Brazos, Ganado, Fort Bend Christian, Industrial, Logos Preparatory, and Needville.

“It is a pleasure to have Memorial Hermann Sugar Land as a partner. I know our student athletes receive the best care available and with a clinical team that will work with the athlete to get them back in the game as quickly and safely as possible,” said Kevin Roberts, licensed athletic trainer at B.F. Terry High School. “The sports medicine team did an outstanding job screening our athletes at our annual sports physical, getting them ready for next season.”

With a team of highly-trained doctors, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land offers comprehensive, world-class orthopedic, and sports medicine care.

“We are dedicated to providing cutting-edge, compassionate care to the local community, and the health and well-being of student athletes is a top priority,” said Rehal Bhojani, M.D., family and sports medicine physician affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land “That’s why we’ve teamed up with Lamar Independent School District, the Sugar Land Skeeters, and other local sports leagues to provide medical support and services to athletic programs. Whether you’re a neighborhood walker, an aspiring high school competitor, or a professional athlete, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land’s Sports Medicine Team will have you back in the action in no time.”

The goal of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land is not just to collaborate with the school districts to offer valuable benefits to the student athletes, but to other local organizations as well.

Andy Stewart of Finish Line Sports, in advance of the upcoming Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Triathlon said, “Memorial Hermann Sugar Land is making a difference in peoples’ lives. Many of our competitors are entering their first race ever, and Memorial Hermann is right there making sure the experience is a positive one.”

Teaming up with the Sugar Land Skeeters, Eclipse Soccer Club, and the Fort Bend Youth Football League, the hospital also provides medical support and services to athletes outside the school.  In addition to local physicians, student athletes have access to the expertise of orthopedic and sports medicine specialists from the University of Texas Medical School (UTHealth) at Houston, as well as from the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute - Texas Medical Center.

 

Benefits include:

Orthopedic surgeons and general practice physicians at football games to assist sick and injured athletes;
Coordination and planning of annual athletic school physicals program;
Access to continuing education opportunities for athletic trainers and coaching staff conducted by specialists from UTHealth and the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute; and Financial support to supplement the equipment and supply needs for the districts athletic programs.

“School relationships for Memorial Hermann Sugar Land are important because, through these services and benefits, we can help prevent injury and illness that might sideline tremendously talented student athletes,” said Thomas Rivers, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and an orthopedic and sports medicine specialist with UT Physicians Richmond Bone and Joint.

“Our goal is to work with athletes, their coaches, and athletic trainers to reduce risks factors with the ultimate goal of preventing injuries,” said Rivers. “When injuries do occur, we assess, treat, and rehabilitate the athletes in hopes that we can return them to their pre-injury state.”

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