Lake Charles Memorial Hospital is raising the bar when it come to sports medicine in southwest Louisiana with cutting-edge techniques. Tiny cameras and surgical instruments minimize trauma and prolong an athlete’s career by preventing injuries, decreasing healing time, reducing pain and shortening rehabilitation. Less injuries mean healthier athletes and longer careers.
Memorial’s Sports Medicine Medical Director Brett Cascio, MD, orthopedic surgeon and regional expert on hip arthroscopy, is fellowship-trained in sports medicine and has served as assistant professor of orthopedics and sports medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. His experience also includes physician for collegiate and professional football and baseball teams, and the U.S. ski team. Working alongside sports medicine experts are orthopedic specialists, athletic trainers, physical therapists and coaches who play an integral role in the careers of some of our area’s top athletes, both amateur and professional.
As the leading sports medicine center for Lake Charles and southwest Louisiana, we offer pediatric, adolescent and adult injury assessment and treatment for:
- Rotator cuff tendinitis to tears
- Frozen shoulders
- Dislocated shoulders
- Patella-femoral problems such as jumpers knee and chronic patella (kneecap) dislocation
- Meniscus (knee cartilage) disorders
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears and reconstruction
- Ankle sprains
- Stress fractures
- Diagnostic imaging services
- Athletic rehabilitation; physical therapy and athletic training consultations
- Injury prevention outreach, education and community speakers
- Custom knee bracing and orthotics
Our high school athletic trainers visit area schools, evaluate athletes and make recommendations to coaches, parents and athletes concerning injuries. We work with the families when a referral to another medical facility or physician is necessary. Also, we assist coaches during P.E. classes, consult with them during off-season workouts and cover on-site practices as needed.
Official Healthcare Provider for Area High School Athletics
Athletic performance on the field depends largely on what occurs off the field. Lake Charles Memorial Hospital is the leader in Lake Charles Sports Medicine offering a comprehensive sports medicine program for athletes in southwest Louisiana. Lake Charles Memorial Hospital is the sports medicine provider for approximately 450 amateur and professional-bound high school athletes from area high schools. From day-to-day operations, to the consistent training schedule of the athletes, we provide a total program to promote and maintain physical fitness. Under the direction of a renowned sports medicine physician and certified athletic trainers, Memorial's sports medicine team routinely provides medical support both on and off the field for participating high schools assessing injuries, consulting with coaches and administrators, maintaining training programs, following up on injured athletes and their rehabilitation, and supervising and training student trainers.
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association is
proud to have partnered with Lake Charles Memorial Sports Medicine as an Official Regional Healthcare Partner in southwest Louisiana. For the past decade, the LHSAA has conducted the State
Softball Championships at Frasch Park in Sulphur
and expanded its state championship presence in southwest Louisiana by
including Semifinal Basketball, Swimming, and Baseball Championships. With
thousands of athletes and hundreds of teams participating at state championship events, it is of high importance
that high school student athletes have
proper medical coverage. This multi-year
partnership only proves LHSAA’s trust in
Lake Charles Memorial's Sports
Medicine and reconfirms our commitment to high school athletics.
On any given weekend and any given sideline in southwest Louisiana, you might find an athletic trainer from Memorial Sports Medicine. Skilled in the prevention, care and rehabilitation of injuries and illnesses that involve sports or physical activities, these trainers have served student athletes of our region since 1975. Our athletic trainers provide immediate on-site assessment and proactive treatment recommendations for injured athletes.
Fall & Spring Physicals
Thousands of high school athletes from Calcasieu and Beauregard parishes participate in the annual fall or spring pre-participation physicals hosted by Memorial Sports Medicine. Student athletes have their blood pressure, pulse, height, weight, upper and lower extremities, and flexibility checked by a volunteer army of nurses, nursing students, athletic trainers, and student athletic trainers prior to their physical examinations which are conducted by Memorial physician specialists and resident physicians.
Saturday Morning Walk-in Injury Clinic
For 25 years, the Saturday morning walk-in injury clinic has offered a comprehensive, one-stop approach for area athletes needing the diagnosis and treatment of injuries sustained in any sport during the week. Open to all athletes from 8 a.m. to noon during football season, no appointment is necessary at the Saturday morning clinic, which is held at Orthopaedic Specialists, 3rd Floor, 1717 Oak Park Blvd., adjacent to the hospital.
Sports Medicine Residency Program
More than 110 residents – four per year since 1982 – have completed their three-month sports medicine rotation at Memorial’s nationally recognized Sports Medicine Residency Program. The scope of the program is designed to provide progressive development in clinical, operative and research skills. During the rotation, these physicians train under Memorial’s board certified sports medicine specialists. The residents help in the care and treatment of athletes, assist in surgery, and see patients in clinical and hospital settings.
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