Portland Timbers, Weekend Warriors and Pint-Sized Athletes Rehab At New Providence Sports Clinic

July 11, 2011

How can someone too injured to walk, run? Put them in a resistance pool. The pool is just one of the state-of-the-art tools in the new Providence Sports Care Center at JELD-WEN Field.

The clinic is at the heart of the founding partnership between Providence Health & Services – Oregon and the Portland Timbers. The partnership is unique in the country, joining a professional sports team with an outpatient sports care clinic. The model is under review by other professional teams interested in replicating it. Providence Sports Care Center is the primary rehabilitation clinic for the Timbers athletes, and also is open to the public – so the same therapists getting the Timbers back on the field can get the weekend athlete back on the golf course.

“This is an excellent example of how committed Providence is to the health of our community,” said Dave Underriner, chief executive of delivery systems, Providence Health & Services – Oregon Region. “We are here for the community if someone is injured or ill, but also we want to contribute to the wellness and health of those we serve – and this sports center will help do that.”

The 12-thousand square foot sports clinic is one of the largest in Portland, and the only one in Oregon with a resistance pool. A resistance pool is essentially a water treadmill, with the patient moving against the constant stream of water for a high-intensity cardio workout through gentle, therapeutic movement – so, someone too injured to walk, can actually “run” against the current in the pool.

In addition to the pool, clinic therapists will use a sports simulator to evaluate patients. Patients will face a virtual playing field and opponents as they kick a soccer ball, shoot a basket or race a bicycle – and therapists will assess what they are doing correctly or incorrectly – helping them prevent future injuries and heal their existing injuries.

Providence Sports Care Center is a cornerstone in Providence’s continuing efforts to bring health and wellness to the community. In late spring the center was heavily involved in a two-day health fair at JELD-WEN Field for eight thousand elementary and middle school kids. And, in late summer the clinic will host concussion education and screenings for student athletes.

The clinic is staffed by five physical therapists and one occupational therapist with a combined 87 years of sports and orthopedic rehabilitation experience.

Providence Sports Care Clinic at JELD-WEN Field is located at 909 SW 18th Ave. and is open six days a week, closed on Sundays. Walk-ins and self referrals are accepted. Call 503-962-1900 or visit www.providence.org/rehab for more information. Patient parking is free.