The Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute is the source for comprehensive care of sports and fitness-related injuries and preventive care including fitness, wellness, athletic performance enhancement, and patient education. We offer physician services, diagnostic imaging, outpatient rehabilitation and physical therapy and wellness all conveniently located in one location
New Expansive Therapy Gymnasium
The new gymnasium will include the most advanced therapy equipment (Cybex, Sports Art, Nautilus, Triton, and Game Ready equipment). Future plans will also include the Biodex 4 and Vestibular Unit for research and testing of patients.
Hydroworx® Rehabilitation Pool
This is a treadmill-in-a-pool, complete with underwater cameras that allow physicians to view their patients running gait and then assess therapies on the spot. This is typically used to treat any sports medicine-related injury, post operatively and non-operative. It will likewise utilize the benefits of aquatic therapy to speed recovery and return the athlete to full performance in a much faster time frame.
Coming soon This MRI Suite will contain a 1.7 Tesla Unit that will be used to detect acute, subacute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries with high resolution. A skilled musculoskeletal radiologist will be on site to read these studies in real time and will be available for intra-articular gadolinium enhanced complex evaluations of specific joints such as the shoulder, hip, wrist, elbow and knee. In addition, state-of-the-art cartilage-specific T2 mapping will be available daily.
Human Performance Lab
Coming soon This lab will conduct clinical studies that analyze sports biomechanics, perform gait and running assessments, analyze pitching and throwing mechanics, and assess overall pre- and post-operative joint kinetics/kinematics and clinical outcomes. Motion and force assessments can be performed on specific joints (shoulder, below and knee) while changing internal and external forces, as demonstrated by low handicap golfers aiming to improve their technique. This information will create an extensive database through which rehabilitative protocols can be designed. This same biomechanical data base can be used to evaluate the effects of orthopaedic devices and procedures.
The Ochsner Concussion Management Program is the first of its kind in Louisiana. Our program is designed to tailor rehabilitation to an individual's specific needs. Patients are assessed by board-certified physicians experienced in the field of concussion management. Following evaluation and assessment, patients will receive prompt treatment, including medical care from a physician, ongoing services (e.g., serial assessment, concussion education, counseling, return to play surveillance, cognitive therapy) if neccessary, a referral to our extensive network of additional pediatric specialists and ancillary medical professionals. An individualized approach to developing an appropriate Return to Play protocol is emphasized.
Our program utilizes a state-of-the-art computerized neurocognitive assessment, called ImPACT. It is currently used for professional athletes including those in the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, professional boxing and over 400 colleges and universities across the country. The use of computerized neurocognitive assessment enables our doctors to conduct a simple, 25-minute evaluation of an athlete's neurocognitive status ( i.e., memory, processing speed and other related functions) following concussion. Athletes/patients in this clinic will also undergo a broader neurologic and physical examination in order to ensure that all the information needed for the proper evaluation and treatment of mild head trauma is obtained. The program's primary focus is on expediting the concussed athlete's safe return to the field of play using the most current, up-to-date guidelines in concussion management. In doing this, we aim to significantly reduce the athlete's risk of repeat concussion, prolonged recovery time, long-term neuro-cognitive deficits and potential catastrophic events such as second - impact syndrome.