Memorial Hermann Sports Park to help empower Katy-area athletes of all ages

From left, Micheu00e1l Cahill, vice president for performance and sports science with Athlete Training and Health; Chris Slocum, athletic performance director with Athlete Training and Help; and Heath Rushing, CEO of Memorial Hermann Hospital Katy; stand on field.

From left, Micheu00e1l Cahill, vice president for performance and sports science with Athlete Training and Health; Chris Slocum, athletic performance director with Athlete Training and Help; and Heath Rushing, CEO of Memorial Hermann Hospital Katy; stand on field.

A partnership between Memorial Hermann Hospital and Athlete Training and Health has resulted in a project to bring the Katy area a facility offering medical and sports medicine services under one roof.

The facility is expected to hold a grand opening and ribbon-cutting event in September, Memorial Hermann Katy CEO Heath Rushing said. The performance training aspect will be offered through ATH and the medical care aspect through Memorial Hermann.

“The goal is to provide comprehensive, coordinated, medical care and performance training,” Rushing said. “We are trying to promote a healthy and active lifestyle.”

The $15 million Memorial Hermann Sports Park is located at 23960 Katy Freeway, Katy, and consists of a 50,000-square-foot, two-story facility that will house ATH and University of Texas Physicians with orthopedic surgeons. It will also include an IronMan Sports Medicine Institute, which offers recovery and endurance training services, and a Memorial Hermann Medical Group clinic with primary care physicians trained in sports medicine, Rushing said.

The Katy community overall lives an active lifestyle, Rushing said, and from that standpoint the facility is a project that serves the Greater Katy area.

‘Everybody is an athlete’


Rushing said the sports park can be viewed as a location for comprehensive care from the moment of injury to when one is back on the field and will include services for athletes of all skill levels and ages.

Five programs will be offered at the sports park, and anyone who walks in will fit into a category, said Micheál Cahill, the vice president for performance and sports science with ATH.

The Student Athletes program will cater to anyone between 8 and 18 years old, while the Forever Athlete Program will be dedicated to adults.

The Next Level Athletes program will be for collegiate, aspiring or professional athletes, and the Team Athletes program will host training sessions in the soccer field for football, lacrosse and groups such as the Houston Dynamo and Dash Youth Soccer Club.

The Rebuild Athletes program will focus on Return to Play Athletes, or athletes that were injured, and will highlight how Memorial Hermann Sports Park will offer a full range of medical care and athletic training within the confines of the building.

“We believe everybody is an athlete,” Cahill said. “You just have to unlock it.”

He said one of the major goals is to build healthy habits in people by educating anyone who walks through their doors—to help people start training regularly, eat well and minimize the risk for an illness to strike.

“Instead of going to the hospital once you’re sick, a parent could bring their kid to train two to four nights per week,” Cahill said.

This article is part of our 2019 Health Care Directory. View more Health Care Directory coverage here.
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