The Rodeo Sports Medicine Team brought everything they needed to provide the best possible medical care with them to the event. At indoor events, sports medicine centers were set up in the buildings close to the arena floor. At outdoor rodeos, one of the uniquely designed mobile sports medicine centers were driven in and parked close to the arena.
The first fully equipped and self-containedmedical center was introduced to the rodeo cowboy at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 1982. Mobile Sports Medicine Systems has the distinct privilege of providing the first mobile sports medicine service vehicle to the world of professional sports in North America. The Rodeo Sportsmedicine Team Centers consist of 40-foot aluminum gooseneck trailers pulled behind Dodge 3500 Quad Cab one-ton diesel pick-up trucks. These units covered thousands of miles a year providing comprehensive medical services to rodeo contestants.
In December of 1980 the PRCA ask Don Andrews and Dr. J. Pat Evans to provide
sports medicine coverage of the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Oklahoma City. The
program meet with very favorable reviews and a schedule was establish in January of
1981 to cover 10 regular season rodeos and the NFR. Branded the Justin
Sportsmedicine Program from its inception, the medical coverage of major PRCA
Rodeos has expanded over time until it reached the current number of 125 annually.
In 1992 Tuff Hedeman, Cody Lambert and a number of other top bull riders started an
organization of just bull riders and the Professional Bull Riders (The PBR) was formed.
They ask us to provide medical services for their first event being held at Historic
Northside Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. The PBR has grown to the position of the
primary stand alone bull riding series with major events in North America and other
sanctioned events around the world each year.
At the request of key executives of the newly formed Championship Bull Riding (CBR)
Tour, mobile sports medicine designed a traveling sports medicine program for the
series in 2003. Many of the top cowboys from all over north America came to ride some
of the best bulls and compete again the best riders at great rodeo venues from coast to
coast. The CBR Tour now has two levels of competition and their premier division is
broadcast on FOX Sports Regional Television each season.
One of the most popular rodeo series to be establish is World's Toughest Rodeo which
consists of bareback, saddle bronc and bull riding with the women's component of
barrel racing thrown in for good measure. In 2007 the WTR ask mobile sports medicine
to provide coverage for a new made for television series entitled Worlds Toughest
Cowboy. The top rough stock cowboys were invited and each had to ride a bareback
horse, a saddle bronc and a bull and then turn around a do it again that same night.
In June of 1988 following a major injury to one of the top rodeo contestants, a group of
Justin Boot Company executives including Frank Scivetti were talking with Don
Andrews and other colleagues about the plight of the rodeo cowboy – particularly the
injured rodeo cowboy – when the idea of the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund was conceived.
The businessmen decided they had to do something to help. They researched and
refined their ideas and, with John Justin, Jr. leading the way, the concept of a cowboy
“safety net” was proposed to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).
The PRCA liked what it heard and in 1989, the JCCF was formally launched.
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