Horses and Horsepower
Sports Medicine Comes to Rodeo and Motorsports
In 1980, J. Pat Evans, MD (Team Physician, Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks) and Don Andrews (Executive Director, Mobile Sports Medicine Systems) decided they would be the first to provide traveling medical support services to professional rodeo athletes. This innovative new sports
medicine system linked a network of selected orthopedists, trauma specialists, athletic trainers, massage therapists, as well as hospitals and clinics around the nation to provide comprehensive medical coverage to the professional rodeo contestant.
From the back of a pickup truck at 10 Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) sanctioned rodeos, approximately 775 contestants were treated that first year. Since then, Mobile Sports Medicine Systems has provided health care services at over 3,300 PRCA, PBR, CBR and Toughest Cowboy events, while treating some
135,000 rodeo and bull riding related injuries and illnesses to participants.
The Rodeo Sportsmedicine Team brings everything they need to provide the best possible medical care with them to the
event. At indoor events, sports medicine centers are set up in the buildings close to the arena floor. At outdoor rodeos, one of the uniquely designed mobile sports medicine centers are driven in and parked close to the arena.
In 1984 Mobile Sports Medicine Systems, working with 3-time Indianapolis 500 Winner and bareback bronc rider Johnny Rutherford from Fort Worth, Texas, brought mobile sports medicine to the high horsepower world of motor racing. Since then, Motor Sports Medicine Group has provided specialized medical services to the
elite sanctioning organizations in motor racing including Formula One, CART, NASCAR, IndyCar, the Champ Car World Series and the American Le Mans Series.
The rodeo sports medicine center consists of a 40-foot trailer pulled by a Dodge Dually pickup truck and the motor sports medicine center is housed in a single unit Ford tractor and van body combination. Both mobile units carry all the equipment and supplies common to medical facilities at the other major sporting
events in North America and around the world.
The athletes know the value of the program and utilize the facilities and services of the experienced sports medicine staff when they are in need of specialized medical treatment. Both rodeo and motor sports participants feel that mobile sports medicine is one of the most important programs for their continued
success as they compete in these unique sports.
Today, Mobile Sports Medicine Systems is a consulting firm that supports programming in rodeo and motor racing as well as other highly competitive and unique sports. With 30 plus years of experience in extreme sports, MSMS, Inc. brings an enormous amount of knowledge from a program management prospective to its
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