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MUSC team to care for Charleston
Charleston Battery has announced that MUSC Sports Medicine will serve
as the sports medicine provider for the soccer team.
Traditionally, sports medicine provided to professional teams focuses
on treatment of injuries, strength and conditioning and physical
therapy. MUSC and the Battery are taking a more inclusive approach to
players' health, including traditional elements of sports medicine,
along with nutrition counseling and access to a sports psychologist and
Members of the
Charleston Battery soccer team Luke Kreamalmeyer, Tim Velten, Dusty
Huddock and Jack Stewart visit with Children's Hospital patient Caitlin
Cattles, 7, March 18. The Charleston Battery also distributed T-shirts and soccer
balls to patients. MUSC Sports Medicine will serve as the sports
medicine provider for the soccer team.
MUSC Sports Medicine will also institute an injury prevention program
involving a daily exercise regimen to decrease the incidence of a
variety of lower-extremity injuries that are common in soccer and other
“The partnership between MUSC Sports Medicine and the Charleston
Battery will be extremely beneficial to both organizations. These are
the most skilled, elite athletes in the area, and they deserve
state-of-the-art injury assessments, treatments, rehabilitation and
prevention,” said David Geier, M.D., head Battery physician and MUSC
Sports Medicine director.
State-of-the-art care is defined by a team approach, and while some
aspects of health information players receive might be new with this
concept of working as a team is well understood.
“It’s great to join forces with the MUSC team; I’ve been working very
closely with Dr. David Geier over the last few weeks and he has been
excellent. Our new athletic trainer, David Lagow, has also been working
very hard as we build up together through our pre-season towards our
first game,” said Michael Anhaeuser, Battery head coach.
Geier will be present at all home games to evaluate on-field injuries.
Physical therapist Michael J. Barr will serve as rehabilitative and
injury prevention coordinator. David E. Lagow will serve as the
Battery's athletic trainer, providing on-field and training room
athletic trainer services to the team, both at home and on the road.
Peter Carek, M.D., will act as the medical physician for the team.
Registered dietitian Greer Gowen will serve as the Battery's sports
nutritionist. She will meet with the team's chef and players to help
evaluate nutritional requirements and typical food choices in order to
make healthy changes that optimize performance on the field. Jonathan
Edwards, M.D., will serve as the team's sports neurologist and
concussion expert. Geoffrey P. Cheek will serve as the team's sports
psychologist, and Bobby Weisenberger will assist with the team's
strength and conditioning training. In addition to the health care
partnership, the Battery will be working with MUSC to develop community
service activities for the players.
The Charleston Battery kicked off its pre-season schedule March 16 with
the 2008 Carolina Challenge Cup (March 16, 19 and 22) at Blackbaud
Stadium. The Challenge Cup features Major League Soccer’s New York Red
Bulls, Toronto FC, the San Jose Earthquakes and the USL1 Charleston
For tickets or more information call 971-GOAL (4625)
or visit http://www.charlestonbattery.com.
Friday, March 21, 2008
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