Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Lake Charles Memorial Sports Medicine Contract Renewed
Charles Memorial Sports Medicine will continue serving the student athletes of
Calcasieu Parish Schools for the next four years. The Calcasieu Parish School
Board voted in favor of the extension at the regularly schedule meeting held
agreement, Memorial Sports Medicine will provide athletic trainers to all
Calcasieu Parish schools. The trainers will make daily school visits and cover
games and practices. Memorial’s full range of services including orthopaedic
surgery, cardiology, rehabilitation, neurosurgery, cardiovascular surgery, pain
management and pediatric intensive care are available to the student athletes
should the need arise.
“We take our commitment to Calcasieu’s
student athletes very serious,” says Dr. Brett Cascio, medical director of Lake
Charles Memorial Sports Medicine. “We offer the only full service, acute care
hospital in the region with every specialty integrated in one medical system.
That means our athletes will not have to leave the area, for whatever service
they should need.”
providing annual sports physicals, Memorial has implemented a concussion
management program that compares post injury brain function to pre‐injury brain function to help determine if and when it is safe for an
athlete to return to play.
ACL Injury Prevention program has been implemented to determine
which athletes are at a greater risk for an ACL injury and to put them on a
preventative exercise program. A safe weight program has been established for wrestlers and a long-term
dietician nutrition analysis of student athletes to proactively improve health
Memorial also created the Foundation for Fairplay (F3) in
order to provide a more level playing field in the areas of preventable injury
needs. The fund assists schools in acquiring equipment such as quality football
helmets, training room equipment needed for the rehabilitation of
sports-related injuries and creating safe physical fitness surroundings.
distributed through an application process, which is reviewed by a volunteer
board of directors. In less than a year the foundation has raised $95,000 with
$52,000 going to the schools in need.
As Lake Charles' community
hospital, these services are offered at no cost to the school district.