Baylor College of Medicine has partnered with the Houston SaberCats to be the official medical providers for Houston’s first professional rugby team. Through this collaboration, Baylor Sports Medicine physicians will handle all aspects of the team’s medical care, including on-site injury evaluation and assessment, treatment and follow-up clinic visits.
“Baylor College of Medicine’s Sports Medicine team is thrilled about the opportunity to partner with the newly formed Houston SaberCats as the official medical providers during the inaugural season of Major League Rugby,” said Dr. Jason Ahuero, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Baylor, who will serve as lead team physician.
Baylor physicians and athletic trainers will be on the field during the team’s home and away games.
“Having served as team physicians for both local club rugby and the USA Rugby Men’s Eagles National Team, we will leverage our unique experience in the care of the rugby athlete to provide world-class orthopedic and medical care to Houston’s newest professional team,” Ahuero said. “We can’t wait for the Houston community to experience the excitement of elite-level rugby, which is currently the fastest growing youth sport in the country.”
“We are excited to work with the Houston SaberCats to ensure the safety and wellness of its athletes,” said Dr. Thomas Hunt, chair of orthopedic surgery at Baylor. “Our sports medicine physicians and athletic trainers are well positioned to offer expert care to the team as it begins its inaugural season.”
“We are all excited to be partnering with Baylor College of Medicine’s Sports Medicine team,” said Justin Fitzpatrick, head coach for the Houston SaberCats. “Dr. Jason Ahuero, Meghan McKay and their colleagues of physicians and athletic trainers at Baylor are world class and underpin the SaberCats and my own desire to give our players the best possible on- and off-field medical care so they can perform in confidence knowing they are in safe hands.”