Cal Sports Medicine Program
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Sports Medicine Program at the University of California, Berkeley, is to provide systematic, multidisciplinary services that utilize advanced scientific and administrative practices to support student-athletes in the pursuit of optimal physiological and psychological health, personal development, and high performance.
Sports Medicine Policies and Procedures
About Cal Sports Medicine
Golden Bear student-athletes are privileged to be supported by one of the top medical staffs in college athletics, along with some of the most modern training and rehabilitation equipment in the country. The comprehensive program features state-of-the-art facilities, as well as a staff of acclaimed sports medicine practitioners.
Cal’s athletic training facilities include more than 6,000-square feet, split between the Simpson Center Sports Medicine Facilities and the Paul F. White Sports Medicine Complex at Haas Pavilion. Both facilities include rehabilitation space and equipment, hydrotherapy space and an extensive pre-practice preparation area, as well as physician examination areas. With both facilities operational year round, Cal Sports Medicine is able to serve the student-athletes in close proximity to their practice and competition sites.
In addition, Cal student-athletes also use University Health Services (UHS), which jointly with Intercollegiate Athletics oversees and coordinates sports medicine services to all injured or ailing Golden Bear athletes. UHS, housed in the Tang Center, is recognized as one of the largest and most comprehensive campus health service centers in the country. It provides access to physician clinics, laboratory services, X-ray and other ancillary services such as sports nutrition and counseling.
The expert staff of team physicians is led by Casey G. Batten MD. Dr. Batten was named Head Team Physician for Cal’s athletic program in 2010, after serving as an Associate Team Physician since 2006. The staff features specialists from the fields of orthopedic surgery, family medicine, internal medicine, physiatry and podiatry, among others. The medical staff, with its diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise, has vast experience treating injured athletes at every level of competition, including Olympic and professional athletes.
Cal’s athletic training staff, led by Head Athletic Trainer Ryan Cobb and supported by insurance coordinator Dan Westbrook, includes 19 certified athletic trainers and 30 sports medicine interns. The staff tends to the day-to-day health care needs of Cal student-athletes in all sports, including the evaluation and treatment of injuries and illnesses. Rehabilitation of injuries is also the responsibility of the athletic training staff, with additional assistance from two experienced staff physical therapists. The athletic trainers provide coverage at home and away athletic contests, and practices are staffed on a full-time basis.
Whether it’s for taping, physical therapy or the prompt recovery from an illness or injury, Golden Bear student-athletes have the full confidence that Cal’s medical staff will provide the best care available with one of the most progressive treatment and rehabilitation programs in the country.