In 1980, Dr. J Pat Evans and Don Andrews developed the concept of a mobile sports medicine system that would provide medical support services to professional rodeo athletes at arenas where they competed across the country. This innovative new sports medicine system linked a network of selected emergency physicians, orthopedists, trauma specialists, athletic trainers, physical therapists and massage therapists, as well as hospitals and clinics around the nation to provide comprehensive medical coverage to the professional rodeo contestant.
Recognizing the value of such a program and wanting to return the support of the cowboys who wore Justin products, in 1981 the Justin Boot Company became the only sponsor the program has known in its years of service.
From its modest beginnings at some 10 Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) sanctioned rodeos and just 775 contestants treated that first year, the Justin Sportsmedicine Team® currently provides service to over 125 PRCA rodeos annually while treating some 6,000 cases. Services are provided at a permanent facility in Mesquite, Texas, out of stocked medical kits for indoor arenas, as well as from three fully-equipped mobile centers which service outdoor events. The Justin Sportsmedicine TeamÂ® also provides medical services at some ten PRCA Xtreme Bulls events annually.
Upon the retirement of the program’s founders in 2010, The Justin Sportsmedicine Team® came under the leadership of new Executive Director, Mike Rich, and Medical Director, Dr. Tandy Freeman. Among the most recent additions to the program include three brand new mobile medicine centers, four laptop computers, and injury-tracking computer software to better service the needs of the traveling rodeo competitor.