Dr. Marvell Scott Explains Role of Sports Medicine Professionals at Athletic Events

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The Pasadena Marathon in California served as a chance for Kaiser Permanente medical professionals to unveil a 25-bed disaster medical tent. Sports medicine expert, Dr. Marvell Scott, adds that the health care team and their preparation demonstrate a genuine example of how important proper medical support for athletes is.

May 20th marked the Pasadena Marathon, located in Southern California, where nearly 7,000 walkers, runners and cyclists gathered to participate in several events. According to one Wall Street Journal report, the event also provided an opportunity for Kaiser Permanente to demonstrate its health care abilities with a well-prepared team of medical professionals. The team utilized a 25-bed disaster tent that was equipped to provide proper triage care, command center capabilities and educational opportunities for students. Dr. Marvell Scott, a sports medicine professional, explains that these resources are a great way to encourage learning and supply peace of mind to all athletes.

According to the article, the tent is outfitted with high-quality medical resources that allow doctors and patients to comfortably address health issues. The tent has the ability to expand to 1,700 square feet and has solid floors and air conditioning. James Hwang, M.D., a Kaiser sports medicine fellow, commented on the facility, “It's like a MASH tent with cots, IVs, and medical supplies. It's very well stocked. You can do basic triage and stabilize patients before transferring them to the nearest hospital.” The hospital plans to add wireless Internet and satellite capabilities, and states that the tent has potential for regional and out-of-state emergency use, should a situation arise.

While these features may seem advanced for a local marathon, Dr. Marvell Scott adds that no precautions are too large for well-sized events. “The Pasadena Marathon, like any other athletic event, is meant to be fun-filled, but there are quite a lot of opportunities for injury,” says Scott. Marathon participants included all age ranges, including children, which highlights the importance of having quality medical care. Dr. Marvell Scott says that marathon medical emergencies can range from minor sprains to severe heart attacks.

“Sports medicine professionals need to know how to respond quickly and properly in the event of an athletic medical emergency. Kaiser Permanente displays this thoroughness as well as a great attitude,” notes Scott. In the article, Hwang explains the team’s preparation, “We cover the whole gamut of health issues, from primary care to musculature skeletal issues. It's nice that the Pasadena Marathon showcases our skills set; it lets the community know what sports medicine is really about.”

Wall Street Journal notes that Kaiser Permanente used the tent as a way to introduce high school and college students to sports medicine, by allowing them to assist and observe in patient care. Dr. Marvell Scott commends the hospital for taking such a role in the future of sports medicine and encourages all students who are interested in medical care to learn about the field.


As a sports medicine professional, Dr. Marvell Scott is an expert in medical care for athletes. He founded the Performance Health Program in New York to develop personalized care plans to improve fitness and health of his patients. Fitting the individual needs of patients, Dr. Marvell Scott helps them overcome injuries and minimize the health impact associated with chronic illnesses.

To learn more about his practice, visit http://www.performancehealthnyc.com.

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