Katy, TX – Memorial Herman is the first health system in Houston to launch a sports medicine mobile application (app) targeted at coaches, trainers, athletes and parents. Available to download for free on any iPhone, the new app is a guide to the most common sports-related injuries and treatments, as well as related tips and information from Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute experts.
“As athletic trainers, we talk to coaches, trainers, athletes and parents daily,” said Kevin Bastin, director of athletic outreach services at Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute. “During our ongoing interactions with these folks, we came to realize we needed a more effective and convenient way to share basic information. A mobile phone app, working in conjunction with our Web site and continued one-on-one communication, was the best solution.”
Key features of the mobile app include:
- Information on sports injuries, concussion and heat stroke – Learn what to do when a player is injured, including when to call 911.
- Weather update – Get animated radar with sunrise and sunset times. Know when to go inside during a storm and when it’s safe to return to play.
- Sports medicine tips – Watch sports medicine and performance improvement video tips from sports medicine experts.
- Directory of athletic trainers, map of locations – Using the directory, call or email questions or concerns to Memorial Hermann athletic trainers who support athletes around the greater Houston area. Also, find Memorial Hermann ERs, physical therapy clinics and a Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute location near you.
“We believe that this new app will help the public identify common injuries that occur in athletic competition and provide basic guidelines on how to best manage the injuries,” added Bastin.
The mobile phone app will be available on Android systems later this summer.
The Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute, with locations in the TexasMedicalCenter, MemorialCity and The Woodlands, provides athletes’ access to sports medicine-trained orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, biomechanists, exercise physiologists and sports dieticians. The experts work with athletes of all ages and abilities to develop individualized and comprehensive treatment programs – from injury prevention and performance improvement to orthopedic surgery and post-injury rehabilitation. For more information, visit www.ironman.memorialhermann.org.