Justin Sportsmedicine Team®
Assisting rodeo athletes since 1981.
With no guaranteed salaries, team buses or equipment managers in the sport of rodeo, professional rodeo athletes are often left with no place to turn when faced with serious, sidelining injuries and the accompanying financial hardships.
Recognizing such injuries can be traumatic enough without the additional burden of financial worries, the Justin Boot Company became the sole sponsor of the Justin Sportsmedicine Team® program.
This unique 501(c)(3) charity (with all administrative costs underwritten by Justin Boots and the PRCA) awards 100% of all donations to professional rodeo athletes and their families in the event of serious injuries resulting from professional rodeo activities. In many cases, this assistance fills the void of financial hardship when the inevitable injury interferes with the careers of those who have dedicated their lives to the sport.
HOW IT WORKS
This innovative organization connects a national network of physicians, orthopedists, trauma specialists, athletic trainers, physical therapists and massage therapists, as well as hospitals to provide onsite medical assistance to professional rodeo athletes. The team provides thousands of treatments at more than 550 competitions across the country annually.
HOW IT BEGAN
During his time as the team physician for the Dallas Cowboys, Dr. J. Pat Evans was asked to extend his medical services to football legend Walt Garrison, who spent the off seasons competing in rodeos. While helping Garrison at a rodeo in 1979, Evans saw the need for a sports medicine program that would provide care to these athletes at competitions.
He mentioned the idea to athletic trainer Don Andrews and in 1980, the two proposed the concept to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). In 1981, the program received a sponsorship from the Justin Boot Company to fully fund the entire program.
JUSTIN SPORTSMEDICINE TEAM TODAY
What began with 11 rodeos and an El Camino, has evolved into helping 8,000 athletes at 550 rodeo competitions annually. The JST mobile centers are fully equipped with medical technologies and injury reporting software that can be exchanged with JST doctors at future competitions or the contestant’s primary physician.
Today, under the guidance of medical director Dr. Tandy Freeman, the JST works hard to ensure that competitors are healthy and that injuries occurred are treated with the highest level of immediate care and attention.