Sports Medicine for Active Women
Our highly trained, experienced staff specializes in core services that help active women maintain high levels of competition, focus on injury prevention and not just surgical intervention, and patient, family, and team education on injuries, nutrition, and injury prevention to ensure optimum performance on the field and in life. Focus areas include:
Physical & Mental Health
Optimizing the physical and mental health of active women – nutrition, physical therapy, sports psychology (helps to address issues related to athletic identity, fears/anxiety that develops as a result of injury – all of which influences overall outcome, including return to play).
Performance Optimization & Longevity
Emphasis on identifying and mitigating factors that can contribute to injuries in female athletes – eg the female athlete triad (disordered eating, amenorrhea, and decreased bone density).
Our focus on comprehensive care including injury prevention, non-operative and operative management of sports medicine injuries, and optimizing return to play.
Meet the Tulane Women’s Sports Medicine Team
Wendell MR Heard, MD
Dr. Mary Mulcahey created the Tulane’s Women’s Sports Medicine Program in April 2017. Dr. Mulcahey was instrumental in the design, development, and leadership of a comprehensive approach to the care of active women. This cutting edge program combines resources and services of multiple disciplines including orthopaedic surgery, primary care sports medicine, physical therapy, nutrition, and sports psychology. The program offers individualized, patient-centered care for both men and women. We’re sorry to share that Dr. Mulcahey has moved on to other opportunities. Dr. Wendell Heard has taken over the reins as Director of the program. His extensive knowledge of non-operative and operative management of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions is reflected in his thorough explanation of injuries and treatment options.
Anita Jenine Dabon, FNP-C
Nicole Nash, MD, MPH, CAQSM
Kelly Hill, MD
Meet the Womens’ Total Wellness Partners
Shauna Levy, MD, MS
Amber Naresh, MD
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is this program for?
The program was created for active women and girls of all ages. Whether you’re a professional, elite, student athlete, or just enjoy running, dancing, or playing hard in your spare time, our women’s sports medicine program is designed for you.
Why did Tulane start this program?
We started this program, the only program of its kind in the Deep South, to provide comprehensive care and education to active women and girls. We address all aspects of sports medicine, including nutrition, sports psychology, and injury prevention. We provide health care for women by women, and are uniquely staffed by fellowship-trained health experts.
What are the goals and the focus of the program?
Women are at risk for injuries and conditions that may be overlooked in a traditional sports medicine setting. They also respond and heal differently than men, and may have different concerns when they’re injured. Our specialists understand these differences and are experienced in diagnosing, treating and caring for active women.
We focus on injury prevention, not just surgical intervention. We can help you reduce risks, heal from injuries, and prevent health problems. We have all the resources you need to provide for your physical and mental health. We can help you perform safely at your best and enjoy your active lifestyle.
Who is Dr. Heard?
Dr. Wendell Heard is the director of Women’s Sports Medicine at Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine. Dr. Heard is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine. His clinical interests include arthroscopy of the shoulder and knee, sports medicine, shoulder instability, rotator cuff disease, ligament reconstruction of the knee, meniscus injuries, shoulder reconstruction including total shoulder and reverse total shoulder replacements, and fracture care. Learn more about Dr. Heard here.
How do I make an appointment with Dr. Heard?
You can make an appointment at Tulane Women’s Sports Medicine by filling out this form.
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