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Sport Performance - Medical Clearance

The Sports Performance program at Johns Hopkins is among the finest in the nation, featuring an experienced staff of physicians, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches and sports performance experts that provide year-round health care and sports performance expertise for all 24 Blue Jay varsity sports teams. While focusing on the health, wellness, and safety of our athletes, the program aims to provide every varsity student athlete a comprehensive student athlete experience and supports their goals for optimum performance in their sport.

The mission of the staff is to provide a complete sports performance and wellness model to Hopkins athletes, focusing on integrating all aspects of sports medicine, sports performance and sports nutrition. The Hopkins sports performance team helps prepare athletes for daily competition, generates strength and conditioning programs, provides medical coverage for every game and provides care in the form of prevention, evaluation, and rehabilitation for athletic injuries. The sports medicine staff coordinates physician referrals as needed, determines the participation status of athletes, schedules lab and diagnostic tests as needed and provides counseling and education to athletes.

The Sports Performance program is supervised by Director of Sports Performance and Wellness Brad Mountcastle, who oversees a staff of five full-time assistants and one intern. JHU's seven certified athletic trainers supervise a staff of student assistants, including students in the Johns Hopkins pre-medical program and student interns in the athletic training programs at Towson University. The Hopkins athletic training staff is supervised and supported by a group of team physicians who regularly assist in the evaluation and treatment of Blue Jay athletes. All our team physicians specialize in sports medicine and have associations with professional athletes and franchises in the area.

The team of physicians is coordinated by Dr. Andrew Cosgarea (Head Team Physician), Director of Sports Medicine in the Department of Orthopedics at Johns Hopkins University. Associate team physicians include Dr. Bashir Zikria, Dr. Sam Dixit (Medical Director), Dr. Raj Deu, Dr. Les Matthews, and Dr. Hugh Baugher. Zikria is an orthopedic surgeon at Johns Hopkins, while Dixit and Deu are also in the Department of Orthopedics at Johns Hopkins, specializing in primary care sports medicine. Matthews is a former All-America lacrosse goalie at Hopkins who currently serves as the Chief of Orthopedics at Union Memorial Hospital, while Baugher works at the Curtis National Hand Center. All six doctors are available for weekly clinical visits in the training room as well as emergency referrals.

The athletic training room is a professional health care facility. The athletic training staff utilizes this space for the evaluation and care of athletic related injuries while also keeping the rehabilitation area filled with the latest equipment including an alter-g treadmill. In addition, the athletic training room has office space for all the certified athletic trainers and a private exam room used by team physicians and our sports nutritionist.

The strength and conditioning staff, under the direction of Jay Dyer, provides each team with sport specific training program which allows our teams train for their individual sports in the most efficient way. The strength and conditioning coaches have invaluable experience in training athletes and provide each team with a program that aligns with the team's goals throughout each phase of their season.

As an additional resource, our student athletes also have access to our Sports Nutritionist. Nutrition programming includes one on one meetings, team presentations, dining hall tours and other educational programming specific to their individual and team needs. Our Sports Nutritionist also has a JHU Nutrition webpage that is updated monthly with different topics to help student athletes perform better both on and off the field.

Finally, our sports performance team also includes ongoing mental health care. We offer a number of programs in conjunction with our counseling center for preventative care and give the student athletes access to an extensive list of resources for those that need continued care. Mental health and wellness is a key component to sports performance and one of the most popular on-going programs provided is Yoga for Athletes. Our yoga instructor is an essential resource for many of the student athlete's physical and mental being.

By integrating each of these components, our athletes are able to cater a sports performance program that allows each of them to excel in athletics. By maintaining close relationships with the coaches and team doctors, the sports performance team works to develop treatment plans that are in the best interest of the athletes. Regular communication among the sports performance team is vital for the health and safety of our student athletes.