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Novant Health and Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today that they have expanded their healthcare partnership. Novant Health is now the official sports medicine provider for JGR, providing specialized orthopedic care, rehabilitation, athletic training, wellness services and consultants for performance potential.
With this partnership, Novant Health is the exclusive health care provider of sports medicine care to JGR’s four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams and three NASCAR XFINITY Series teams. The health system provides athletic trainers, sports medicine physicians, a team orthopedist, and on-site corporate wellness and medical services at the team’s training facility and at the racetrack. Additionally, performance training support will be provided by Novant Health Sports and Performance Medicine powered by EXOS.
“By joining forces with Novant Health, we’ll be able to provide our team members with a full spectrum of health care, wellness and training expertise,” said Coy Gibbs, chief operating office for JGR. “They’ll be by our side day in and day out as we train and at the track on race day with coordinated health care that will help our team excel and focus on safety and performance.”
JGR selected Novant Health not only for the advanced medical care it provides to professional athletes, but because of the close alignment of the mission and culture of the two organizations. The personalized, expert and coordinated care from Novant Health, including integrated medical records and an on-site nurse practitioner, will help the drivers, pit crews and team members perform at the top of their game and get them back to the track quicker. Novant Health’s experience providing care to high-performance sports teams and athletes, including NASCAR drivers, Olympians and professional athletes, also factored into the decision.
“We are proud to be part of the Joe Gibbs Racing family,” said Dr. Bryan Edwards, Novant Health orthopedics system service line leader. “As a leader in their sport, they excel not only in performance racing but also in caring for their team members.”
Novant Health will work closely with JGR to evaluate and improve the performance quotient of the athletes, conducting screenings and providing performance nutrition guidance and performance coaching that integrates seamlessly with their existing training regimen. On race day, Novant Health athletic trainers will be by the athletes’ side to ensure the safety of the pit crew on the track and provide pre-competition treatments and medical care, with remote support to assist in triaging any issues or concerns at the track in real-time.