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Sports Medicine Center of Thibodaux Regional go double duty

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  • Eric Richey
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  • June 29, 2017 - 2:27pm

St. James coach Robert Valdez gets some much needed water from the Sports Medicine Center of Thibodaux Regional during the Offensive/Defensive Lineman Camp.

If any of the members of the Sports Medicine Center of Thibodaux Regional planned a vacation for this week, they earned it.

As the official hospital and sports medicine provider last week for both the Offensive/Defensive Lineman Camp and Manning Passing Academy, the team members implemented a plan months in the making.

"The planning that goes into getting ready for these camps, probably begins in January," said Sports Medicine Center of Thibodaux Regional Assistant Coordinator Amelia Castell. "It's a pretty big operation to get the healthcare for these campers squared away. We meet twice a month for four months to get ready for this."

While the Offensive/Defensive Lineman Camp had 440 campers to care for, the Manning Passing Academy brought in over a thousand.

"As far as medical staff, we have 53 sports medicine aids and 25 certified and licensed trainers," said Sports Medicine Center of Thibodaux Regional Coordinator Larry D'Antoni. "(That's) more than we've ever had.

"I think the thing that stands out the most is how much better we get each year, how much more organized we get, the precision, the teamwork. It's really like a well-oiled machine."

"Over the last 30 years I've been involved in a lot of camps and programs where you have to have sports medicine support," said Troy Prevot a Physician Assistant and former athletic trainer from Baton Rouge. "This is by far, by far one of the best operations I've ever seen. The organization from the top to the bottom and every detail. The care of these kids is absolutely paramount to (the Sports Medicine Center of Thibodaux Regional). I've not seen support at the level in this state that Thibodaux Regional provides this program." 

For a video documentation of how the Sports Medicine Center of Thibodaux Regional pulled off the double-camp duties, press play on the video above.

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Eric Richey is an Emmy award-winning sports anchor/reporter who has been covering high school football for 25 years.