The Sports Medicine team of professionals with Harris Sports Medicine provide services tailored for athletes of all ages, sizes and types.
The Community and Harris Sports Medicine
Harris Regional Sports Medicine program is the exclusive healthcare provider for Catamount Athletics at Western Carolina University, covering all sports, athletes, and seasons. The Ascent Partnership is the formal collaboration between Western Carolina University, Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital focused on ensuring access to quality health care in North Carolina's westernmost counties. Partnership initiatives include training the next generation of health care workers and supporting educational and outreach activities that benefit the health of those living in the region.
Harris Regional Sports Medicine is the official sports medicine providers to:
- Western Carolina University
- Andrews High School
- Blue Ridge High Scool
- Cherokee High School
- Hayesville High
- Murphy High School
- Swain County High School
- Robbinsville High School
- Smoky Mountain High School
Sports Physicals (Free Clinics offered in late spring)
Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital have announced the spring sports physicals schedule.Physicians and staff provide free physicals to student athletes from around the region. The sports physicals occur annually and are led by Harris Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine with assistance from several other physicians on the medical staff who volunteer their time to serve student athletes in providing the physicals. The physicals are required yearly by the North Carolina Athletic Association. Last year the physicians and staff provided more than 1,200 free sports physicals.
The schedule is as follows:
• May 9: Andrews High School 3 to 5 p.m.
• May 22: Swain County High School 3 to 6 p.m.
• May 24: Smoky Mountain High School and Jackson County middle schoolers 5 to 9 p.m. at Harris Regional Hospital/West Entrance
• May 30: Blue Ridge School 3 to 5 p.m.
Athletic Training Staff
Harris Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine provides services and referrals from experienced health care professionals that will get you back into your sport more quickly. The team of professionals includes a wide healthcare spectrum:
- Family Medicine
- Certified Athletic Trainers
- Physical Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Emergency Medicine Services
Sports Injury Prevention
The best way to take care of a sports-related injury is to prevent it from happening it in the first place. Certified Athletic Trainers work closely with athletes during training, practices, and competitions to help prevent injuries. When an injury does occur our trainers are the first to help address the injury and evaluate what further medical attention is needed. Our trainers work with the other members of the Sports Medicine team to expedite referrals and speed up the recovery process.
Other health professionals, such as cardiopulmonary and respiratory therapists, may be needed during training to assess exertion and cardiopulmonary efficiency.
Every sports injury is different therefore the treatment for these injuries should be tailored to the athlete. In the event of an injury, our physical therapists and physical therapist assistants have years of experience working with active individuals like you. They focus on helping you feel better so you can get back to doing what you love.
If you are a candidate for orthopaedic surgery, the staff with our sports medicine program will work to optimize your healing as quickly as possible after surgery. Our staff is pleased to train your body making it stronger before and after your surgery for optimal recovery.
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- Emergency Services
- General Surgery
- Harris Home Health
- Mother & Baby
- Neck and Spine Services
- Nutrition Education
- Pain Management
- Primary Care
- Rehab Services
- Sleep Medicine
- Sports Medicine
- Urgent Care
- Women's Care
- Wound Care