Helping Elite Athletes Create a Healthy, Successful Future

Professional athletes face decisions and challenges at every stage of their careers — and the challenges aren’t all physical. Elite athletes can be so committed to their sports that they may have a hard time adjusting to career changes or life after retirement.

Tulane’s Center for Sport is a program for professional athletes at any stage of their career, from active professional through retirement and beyond. We draw from the expertise and resources of Tulane Medical Center and Tulane University to create a personalized plan to meet current, long-term and future needs.

We offer services and support for:

  • Treating athletes throughout their lives
  • Preventing injury
  • Enhancing performance
  • Modifying behavior
  • Boosting mental health
  • Managing finances and planning legal strategy
  • Managing social media
  • Completing a college or post-graduate degree

Our Roster of Expertise

The Center for Sport brings together expertise and resources from the Tulane system, including:

  • The School of Medicine
  • The Institute of Sports Medicine
  • The Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
  • The School of Social Work
  • The School of Law
  • The School of Business
  • The Center for Aging
  • The Neuroscience Program

How It Works

When an athlete enters the Center for Sport program, he or she will be connected with a personal case manager who is also a certified athletic trainer. This case manager will be the key contact and guide through evaluation, treatment and follow-up, from making travel arrangements for visiting the center to arranging continuing care into the future.

During the initial evaluation, the case manager will learn about the specific, personal needs of the athlete and will create a create a comprehensive plan, including:

  • Medical testing, evaluation and treatment
  • Consultation with Tulane’s legal and financial experts
  • Mental health assessment and counseling
  • Planning for degree completion or other goals

The case manager remains available for support, information and guidance. Once the athlete returns home, the case manager will:

  • Keep in touch through phone calls, video conferencing and other correspondence
  • Track progress and arrange more visits as needed
  • Find services and resources in the athlete’s home town to help meet physical, mental, legal and professional needs

Learn More About Tulane Center for Sport