Lake Charles Memorial Sports Medicine will continue serving the student athletes of Calcasieu Parish Schools for the next four years. The Calcasieu Parish School Board recently voted in favor of the extension.
“Lake Charles Memorial Sports Medicine has been an integral part of the high school sports programs in Calcasieu Parish for many years,” says Karl Bruchhaus, Calcasieu Parish School Board Superintendent. “The trainers have truly developed relationships with our coaches, administrators, and student athletes by demonstrating their knowledge, training, and especially concern for our athletes. Each school really values their trainer as a key part of each team that they service.”
Under the 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 orthopedic 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 and provide them with resources to not only recover from an injury, but also prevent them,” says Brett Cascio, Orthopedic Surgeon and 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.”
Along with 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 and wellness.
In 2013, the Foundation at Memorial Hospital created the Foundation for Fairplay Fund (F3) as a means to provide resources to all Calcasieu Parish athletic programs in order to create a more level playing field in the areas of preventable injury needs. Each athletic program may apply for funds to purchase or replace athletic equipment for the student-athletes and their playing environment. More than $300,000 has been distributed to buy or refurbished football helmets. Other funds have been used to provide outdated softball catchers equipment, basketball & baseball backstops and football shoulder pads. Additionally, the fund has been used to provide every first and second team offensive linemen with knee braces to protect against ACL injuries and every Memorial athletic trainer has been equipped with a portable defibrillator so that a unit is on hand at all athletic events covered.
As Lake Charles’ community hospital, these services are offered at no cost to the school district.