Bossier City, Louisiana – CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System is proud to be named the exclusive sports medicine provider to Bossier Parish Community College Athletics.
The CHRISTUS Sports Medicine team, staffed by trainers from CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System and led by physicians from Highland Clinic, will provide BPCC a wide range of services including preventive care, advanced diagnostic imaging, leading-edge therapies, surgical treatments, including minimally invasive procedures and rehabilitative services.
“From therapy and making return-to-play recommendations, to providing sports medicine-related education to athletes, parents and coaches, including injury prevention, we are going to be able to offer a great resource,” said Nick Huckaby, Director of Therapy at CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier. “Our team is looking forward to working with the talented athletes and experienced staff at BPCC, helping athletes excel at their chosen sport in a safe and healthy way.”
BPCC identified key priorities for the partnership, working with CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier to address issues including onsite sports medicine coverage, injury prevention, pre-participation screenings, athletic team evaluations, and priority access to physicians, physical therapy and other health care services as necessary to ensure the highest level of safety and competitiveness for their athletes.
“CHRISTUS has excellent resources and is truly committed to providing our athletes with responsive, top-quality care,” said John Rennie, BPCC Athletic Director. “This partnership is a giant step in the right direction for BPCC becoming a championship junior college athletic program. High quality sports medicine care and training are more than just a presence on the sidelines; it means support from a group of expert physicians and providers who provide important services onsite as well as physician referrals when appropriate. They offer invaluable support from before the first athlete steps on the field until the days after they return from an injury.”
Since the beginning of the agreement, CHRISTUS has already been able provide high-level orthopedic, sports medicine and imaging care to a number of athletes from BPCC.
“Our goal is a comprehensive, team-based approach to caring for every need for our student-athletes. We believe this is just the beginning of a long-lasting partnership that will have a tremendous and positive impact on the health, wellness and recovery of these athletes,” said Dr. Carlton Houtz. “That entails developing (or training) athletes to be their most competitive and reaching their fullest potential, then helping each student athlete to return to his or her sport activities as quickly and safely as possible with the shortest recovery time – all with a focus on safety.”
CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier provides athletic training services for both elite and recreational-level programs across the region, including Loyola, Captain Shreve, Parkway, Evangel, Haughton, and North DeSoto High schools. CHRISTUS provides three outpatient physical, occupational, and speech therapy locations in Shreveport-Bossier including one that is devoted to pediatric patients.
“CHRISTUS is excited to build a relationship with BPCC focusing on approximately 150 athletes across 10 sports,” said Dr. Steen Trawick, CHRISTUS Shreveport Bossier CEO. “With this new partnership, we will take the next step in a legacy of service to our young athletes and educators in this community with quality sports medicine care and training. We are excited to help all young athletes raise their awareness of sports injuries and get the care they need quickly so they can get back in the game and continue to pursue their athletic passions.”