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Sports Medicine: North Shore

Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute

The Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute provides a comprehensive and coordinated multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of sports- and fitness-related injuries.  Our Sports Medicine team is conveniently located on the North Shore in Slidell, Hammond, Bay St. Louis and Covington, and is here with a one-stop-shop providing the latest diagnostic imaging technology and outpatient rehabilitation making it easier and more convenient to return to your desired activity level.  We also provide preventive care through the promotion of wellness, fitness, performance enhancement and education.   

Our Sports Medicine physicians are nationally recognized experts in the field. Each sports medicine provider in our program is board-certified, licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners and fellowship trained in sports medicine. With the most evidence based practices and comprehensive strategies Ochsner Sports Medicine’s team will keep you off the sideline and get you back in the game!

Athletic Training Outreach Program

Ochsner Sports Medicine is home to the largest Athletic Training Outreach Program in the state of Louisiana. Athletic trainers (ATs) are healthcare professionals who collaborate with physicians to provide preventative services, emergency care, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Each athletic trainer in Ochsner’s outreach program is licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners and has earned a degree from an accredited athletic training curriculum. Accredited programs include formal instruction in areas such as injury/illness prevention, first aid and emergency care, assessment of injury/illness, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutic modalities, and nutrition. Ochsner’s athletic trainers stay on the leading edge of knowledge within the field and maintain certification requirements through local and national continuing medical education meetings and conferences. Learn more about the Athletic Training Outreach program below.

Conditions Treated:

  • Achilles tendon injury  
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Ankle sprains
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
  • Articular cartilage repair
  • Clavicle fracture (broken shoulder)
  • Common sports injuries
  • Uncommon sports injuries
  • Concussion
  • Hamstring pull
  • Hamstring tear
  • Hamstring strain
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Knee pain and ligament injuries
  • Iliotibial (IT) band friction syndrome
  • Meniscus tears
  • Plantar fasciitis  
  • Shin splints
  • Shoulder tendonitis (rotator cuff problems)
  • Shoulder bursitis
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome
  • Shoulder instability
  • Sprains
  • Stress fracture
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)
  • Torn rotator cuff

Treatment Options

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, an Ambulatory Surgery Center performing Arthroscopic / Minimally Invasive procedures, outpatient rehabilitation and physical therapy and wellness, all conveniently located on the North Shore.

We offer physician services, diagnostic imaging, outpatient rehabilitation and physical therapy and wellness all conveniently located in one location

Coming Soon: New Expansive Therapy Gymnasium
The new gymnasium will include the most advanced therapy equipment (Cybex, Sports Art, Nautilus, Triton, and Game Ready equipment). Will also include the Biodex 4 and Vestibular Unit for research and testing of patients.

Coming Soon: 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: Human Performance Lab
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 orthopedic devices and procedures. 

Concussion Management Program 

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 necessary, 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.

Learn more about our Concussion Management Program and our physicians, Dr. Aaron Karlin and Dr. Nicholas Goyeneche.

Athletic Training Outreach Program

Expect the finest care from Ochsner Sports Medicine’s Athletic Training Outreach Program

  • Establish and implement physical conditioning programs in cooperation with physicians, supervisors, and coaches.
  • Provides taping, padding, bandaging, strapping, wrapping, or bracing for injury prevention.
  • Can arrange same or next day provider referral to sports medicine, primary care, sports nutritionist, or specialty providers.
  • Are in constant contact with our physicians to allow for improved communication and quality of care.
  • Can provide sport specific rehabilitation at each of our sites by Athletic Trainers under the direction of a physician.
  • Coordinate community outreach, physicals and educational programs for students and coaches.

Benefits to your school or events

  • Decreased medical costs to parents/ athletes
  • Decreased liability to your school/ events
  • Athletic Trainer assigned to your school
  • Full hospital services available
  • Athletic Trainer performs on-field immediate care for injuries
  • Communication with athletes, coaches, parents, providers, etc.
  • Trust between athletes and Athletic Trainers allow for improved care

Professional Sports

Universities and Colleges

Community Outreach and Event Support

For information about the Athletic Training Outreach Program, contracts or other services, contact:

David Pilet, LAT
Northshore Lead- Athletic Training Outreach Program
Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute
1000 Ochsner Boulevard Covington, LA 70433

For an appointment with one of our sports health physicians, please call:

Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute

Athletic Training Leadership

David Pilet, LAT
Northshore Lead
Athletic Training Outreach Program

High School Athletic Trainers

Jeanne Baldwin, LAT, ATC
Outreach Athletic Trainer for Pearl River High School

Jeff Bosarge, LAT, ATC
Outreach Athletic Trainer for Bay High School

Delesseps "Del" Dolese, MS, LAT, ATC
Outreach Athletic Trainer for Salmen High School

Kacie Edwards, LAT, ATC
Outreach Athletic Trainer for Fontainebleau High School


Jonathan Ferguson, MS, LAT, ATC
Outreach Athletic Trainer for Lakeshore High School

Charles "Chuck" Haaga, LAT, ATC, CSCS
Outreach Athletic Trainer for Slidell High School

Michelle Harrell, LAT, ATC
Outreach Athletic Trainer for Mandeville High School


Anthony Johnson, LAT

Sean McDaniel, LAT, ATC
Outreach Athletic Trainer for Covington High School

Amanda Palazola, LAT, ATC
Outreach Athletic Trainer for Northshore High School

Eric Richardson, MS, LAT, ATC, CES, PES
Outreach Athletic Trainer for Archbishop Hannan High School

Marissa St. Pe, LAT, ATC
Outreach Athletic Trainer for Northlake Christian School