Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas (SHCC) and Prisma Health have developed one of the largest certified athletic training networks in the nation and now serve over 50 middle schools, public and private high schools, professional baseball, university athletics, recreation districts, and national events held in the upstate of South Carolina.
Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine, a division of SHCC, has combined certified athletic trainers with our physicians and sports medicine specialists to create a team approach for injury prevention, treatment, and the rehabilitation of sports related injuries.
The best ways to care for athletic injuries is achieved through a comprehensive approach that includes care from both physicians and athletic trainers. Our sports medicine team works together to provide the best care for over 20,000 South Carolina student athletes at no charge to the organizations we serve. As one of the first health care providers on the scene when injury occurs, athletic trainers are educated and trained to recognize and evaluate injuries and provide care as needed.
One of the main goals of the athletic training network is to help reduce injuries sustained by student athletes through prevention, education, research, and proper evaluation of athletic injuries. We have a fully integrated concussion program designed to identify and help our specialty trained team physicians and athletic trainers manage athletes who have sustained a concussion. We are continuously conducting research in several areas of sports injury and trauma.
Dr. Cassas is a sports medicine specialist with expertise in the non-operative care of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions. Much of his practice focuses on the care of recreational and endurance athletes such as runners, cyclists and triathletes. His interests also include sports-related concussion and sports performance/nutrition.After earning his medical degree from the University of Nevada, he completed a surgical internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas and a residency in Family Medicine at St. Paul Medical Center. Dr. Cassas then completed a fellowship at Methodist Hospitals of Dallas and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine.
More than 3.5 million kids under age 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year. Our trainers work closely with young athletes to educate and prevent injuries and as well as identify injuries quickly to aid in positive outcomes.
High school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries and 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year. Our trainers work tirelessly to keep our athletes injury free, but when injury does occur, young athletes are provided the best possible care to get them back on the field.
Statistics reveal that 90 percent of student athletes report some sort of sports-related injury. Fifty-four percent of student athletes report they have played while injured. When working closely with a trainer, student athletes can expect the best care and a faster recovery.
Parks & Recreation
These city based programs promote opportunities for children, youth and their families to participate in a variety of classes, fitness, travel, sports, cultural arts, after-school and summer programs. Our athletic trainers are proud to take care of families at the following Parks & Recreation districts:
Excellent sports medical care is a necessity with professional and semi-professional athletes. Their bodies are subjected to much more strenuous activity than the typical person. Athletes require special care and attention by certified athletic trainers, like our team.