A culture of care

Complete medical, physical, mental and emotional care for South Carolina student-athletes

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Kristin Coggin Director of Performance Nutrition
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Dr. Tim Malone Wellness Director | Mental Health
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Dr. Jay Patel Director of Sports Performance Science
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Clint Haggard Head Athletic Trainer (Football)
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Dr. Chris Mazoue Medical Director/Orthopedic Surgeon
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John Kasik Associate AD of Sports Medicine
Nutrition Stations

With a focus on nutrition before, during, and after competition, Gamecock Sports Science offers several nutrition stations for fueling and for recovery.

Hydrotherapy

The use of hot or cold water pools for rehabilitation and recovery is readily available. and with modalities such as Hydroworx, float tanks, and underwater treadmills, student-athletes have access to the latest technologies.

Recovery Chamber

Gamecock Sports Science aims to help student-athletes recover properly, and the use of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber helps speed healing by putting student-athletes in a setting where the body can absorb more oxygen.

Catapult Analysis Technology

The Catapult system allows athletic trainers to monitor the mileage and speed of student-athletes daily, which allows them to see any small abnormalities in performance.

Dodie Dining Facility

Student-athletes are educated on proper nutrition and have access to meals prepared by a professional chef every day to meet their performance needs. South Carolina Athletics has five full-time dieticians, a nutrition performance coordinator, an executive chef, three sous chefs, and three new chefs.

Weight Rooms

The strength and conditioning staff provides student-athletes with all the tools they need to be successful, keep them healthy, and make them stronger.

Training Room

With 10 certified athletic trainers, 10 graduate assistant trainers, and access to more than 30 physicians with varying specialties, Gamecock Sports Science has the personnel and facilities to properly care for all South Carolina student-athletes.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber

Gamecock Sports Science uses the Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber to help speed healing by putting student-athletes in a situation where the body can absorb more oxygen.

Alter-G Treadmill

The Alter-G treadmill helps in transitioning student-athletes from non-weight-bearing to full weight-bearing exercise. The treadmill can be adjusted to varying percentages of weight-bearing and is used in conjunction with the Hydroworx underwater treadmill.

Laser Treatment

Laser light increases blood flow and reduces pain by decreasing inflammation. The Gamecocks also have access to a machine that sends a shock wave into the tissue, approximately 2 to 3 centimeters deep, which increases blood flow into an area. This is great for ailments such as tendinitis, muscle injuries, or areas that don’t get a lot of blood flow.

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QUESTIONS?

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How do you handle concussions?

“We monitor the guys with the hits that they have every day. We’re on the cutting edge with research in being able to talk to some of the smartest guys when it comes to concussions. Then we’re able to apply that to our guys, both before a concussion happens and once a concussion is sustained and doing the rehabilitation with them. We’re classifying concussions a lot differently than we were 20 years ago and doing the appropriate rehab to help them get better.”

– Clint Haggard
Head Athletic Trainer, Football
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Where does South Carolina stand relative to its care for mental health issues such as depression and anxiety?

“We’re certainly above the curve. I’m a psychiatrist, but we also have a number of clinical psychologists that also help support what we do in terms of treatment, diagnostics, and the like, which I would put ahead of most (athletics) programs.”

– Dr. Tim Malone
Wellness Director | Mental Health
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What is the relationship like with your orthopedic surgeons?

“One of the things we really try to do is establish trust. We’ll never compromise someone’s care here. We’re going to the very best that we can for them. It’s important for them to trust me. I think it’s very important for me to trust them and to understand what their goals are, and what their expectations are, in regards to not just the next three months after surgery, but also a year, five years and 10 years down the road.

“We make sure that we’re very upfront with those student-athletes. We talk to them a lot about their injury. We talk to them about their options. We always try non-operative care first if that’s the way we can get them back safely. If it does come down to a certain procedure, we understand that it’s a very difficult period in their lives. We make sure that we’re very honest. We have great communication with them and their parents.”

– Dr. Chris Mazoue
Orthopedic Surgeon
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From a nutrition standpoint, what is available to student-athletes at South Carolina?

“It’s a great time at South Carolina for nutrition. We have five full-time dieticians and one nutrition performance coordinator. We are also hiring our own chef’s in-house. We have an executive chef, and then we have three sous chefs, and three new chefs. My big thing with food is that you have get involved with it. A lot of these athletes have never been exposed to certain types of food. We want the food to be fun, but also show them how it improves their performance. We’re doing cooking demonstrations with them.

“Every athlete has different goals and everything has to be individualized.

“We’re designing an app for the student-athletes so they can place an order on the app, and it will be ready whenever they set the time and they can pick it up. With these guys having such busy schedules, they may be across campus and in 15 to 20 minutes they’re going to be where they need to be and able to put their order in.”

“One of the new things we have is over at 650 Lincoln (Residence Hall) where most of our student-athletes live. They’re going to have access to a restaurant they can use their meal swipe, and they can get a nice dinner there. We’re making things located to where they are, giving them the food they need, making them excited about food, and doing things a little different.

“Nutrition is not just three to five years of college. It’s a lifetime. So, it’s teaching them healthy habits in college that they can take with them for the rest of their life.”

Kristin Coggin
Director of Sport Nutrition
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