Justin Sports Medicine

(Chris) Hello and welcome to Horsin’ Around. I’m Dr. Chris Blevins at
Kansas State University Health Center and we are in Dodge City, Kansas, at
the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo. Joined today with the very special guest,
Doug Ollie. He is part of the Justin Boots Sports Medicine Company or I
guess program that they have at rodeos. And I think one thing that’s kind
of crucial that people may not even realize is what’s kind of behind the
scenes. (Doug) OK. (Chris) What do you kind of do Doug? (Doug) I am
employed through the Justin Boots Company in their Sports Medicine
Division. It’s been around since 1981 and we travel to 125 different
rodeos. And we are the primary healthcare of the PRCA. And what that means
is not only do I take care of them in the rodeo arena, but the stock
contractors, anybody that has a card, we take care of ’em in here. There
was a WPRA barrel racer that came in here that pulled her hamstring last
night pretty bad that we had to work on so that she can run today. So,
it’s the whole gamut, before, after and during. (Chris) Yea, it’s, you
know whenever I’m watching parts of the rodeo it seems like you guys are
always just busy, especially right before the rodeo, getting everybody
ready. So, what does that all entail as far as those athletes that are
getting ready? (Doug) My responsibilities are just like a normal NFL team,
an NBA basketball team, what their athletic trainers do. We do the pre-
event screening for injuries if they come in maybe from another rodeo and
they’re injured. We tape ’em, we stretch ’em, anything like in a physical
therapy clinic. We have the modalities, the electrical stim, the ice, the
heat, and taping if necessary, getting ’em ready to ride. And then as soon
as they do ride, we take care of ’em afterwards and kind of get ’em down
the road to their next event. (Chris) You take care of ’em even
afterwards, so would you be doing icing? (Doug) Ice, electrical stim, a
lot of stretching, See what their injury is actually like, and if they’re
going to another rodeo where we’re at, I’m in contact with our other
sports medicine program manager at that event, telling them what I’ve
done, what we have, and what they expect when they get there. (Chris) Now,
something that I think is just amazing, that we always have the students
at K-State come and do tours of, just this trailer itself. And can you
just say a little bit about the trailer, how long you’ve had the trailer
and where it goes? (Doug) We have three of these trailers. They’re 40 foot
long, 12 foot high and 8 foot wide. And we can do anything in here that
most minor emergency rooms can do, and/or physical therapy clinics or
athletic training rooms do. Kind of like your trailer over there. If we
get somebody bad that’s hurt in the arena, of course we get ’em to the
hospital. We work closely with our local EMS. But we try to do as much as
we can in this trailer. This one here is primarily my responsibility I’m
out of Nacogdoches, Texas. The other two stay up in the north, northwest,
and central north. And they’re back and forth, different rodeos. If we do
a rodeo where the trailer is not needed we use a room in the facility and
we drop ship stuff with our people there. And we’re kind of like with you
having your students here, when I go into a room or when I go into an
event, 30-40 days out I’m calling my local people. And so I’ve got my
local doctors on hand. They’re here at the rodeo. I’ve got local trainers
here, and/or physical therapists. And it’s a great networking system.
(Chris) I think it’s just great what you do. And what Justin Boots does
for these athletes at the rodeo in keeping them healthy and being
available for them. I think that’s just amazing. How many times or where
do you go or is it an all year? (Doug) It’s an all year. It’s a 12-month
deal and the season finale is in Vegas of course, in December. But just
for this run you and I were talking about earlier, I left my house June
28th, I don’t go home until the middle of August. And when I left Texas I
went to Oakley, Utah. The next week I was in Sheridan, Wyoming. I was off
a week, but they put me up in Park City. That’s kind of a bad deal. Then
the following week I was in Spanish Fork. I’m here this week. Monday I
have to have the trailer in Lawton. Then I go to Sikeston, Missouri. I
come back, get the trailer, take it to Denton, Texas. I’m off a week and a
half and then I go to Iowa for three weeks. (Chris) That is just great.
(Doug) It’s good. I wouldn’t change it for anything and our athletes are
wonderful, just like the athletes that you take care. You and I were
talking yesterday, sometimes yours don’t get to talk to you and mine do.
So, we’ll trade every once in a while, but it’s a great job. I truly love
what I do. (Chris) Well, thank you Doug for talking today. (Doug) Thank
you for everything. (Chris) And thank you for everything you do for rodeo.
(Doug) Thank you sir. (Chris) Dr. Chris Blevins at Kansas State University
Veterinary Health Center and that’s for Horsin’ Around and we’ll see you
around.

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