Bozeman Health Named Sports Medicine Healthcare Provider for Montana State University Student Athletes
Contact: Lauren Brendel, M.S.
Bozeman Health is pleased to announce a new, seven-year sports medicine partnership with Montana State University (MSU) that went into effect in August 2019. Drawing upon existing, long-standing successful partnerships with WWAMI and MSU’s School of Nursing, and a marketing sponsorship of Bobcat Athletics through Bobcat Sports Properties, LLC, Bozeman Health and MSU are excited to extend their relationship into care for MSU’s student-athletes. Through this agreement, Bozeman Health is proud to be the sports medicine healthcare provider for Montana State University student-athletes.
The collaboration between Bozeman Health and MSU aims to improve the health and wellness of the MSU student-athlete community by offering convenient access to coordinated care, including primary care, sports medicine, integrated behavioral health, and chronic disease management. Bozeman Health sports medicine physicians provide general primary care, pre-participation physical evaluations (PPEs), specialty care and training room assessments within the existing Bobcat athletic training room. MSU currently has 350 student-athletes, representing fifteen NCAA sports. These student-athletes thereby require specialized care to ensure each athlete remains healthy and, if injured, is able to safely return to play as quickly as possible, incorporating the NCAA’s focus of mind, body, and sport into each student athlete’s care.
The team of Bozeman Health sports medicine fellowship-trained physicians Karl Reisig, MD, and Jeff Rasch, DO, along with Crystal Skovly, PA-C, care for student-athletes onsite at MSU on a day-to-day basis, during home events, and also travel with the MSU Bobcat football program in coordination with MSU team athletic trainers and graduate assistants. The sports medicine team is also supported by Bozeman Health’s physical therapy and rehabilitation team.
“The health and well-being of our student-athletes is paramount,” shared Leon Costello, Montana State University’s director of athletics. “The partnership between Bozeman Health and Bobcat Athletics will take a holistic approach while increasing the access to student-athlete healthcare and wellness services. This partnership aligns with our mission of supporting the development of our student-athletes in the classroom, competition, and life.”
“Bozeman Health has been committed to the health and well-being of the community we serve for more than 100 years,” stated Bozeman Health president and CEO John Hill. “We are incredibly honored to be able to support our student-athletes by ensuring that physically and mentally they stay healthy and well to excel in competition and in the classroom. Montana State has been a great partner for many years, and it is with pride that we continue that relationship forward.”