HOK’s Paul Whitson and Hideaki Taguchi Describe Trends in Sports Medicine Design
HOK’s Paul Whitson, AIA, a regional Healthcare leader, and Hideaki Taguchi, AIA, a senior project designer for the firm’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, were interviewed by Healthcare Design on the Atlanta Hawks’ new training facility in partnership with Emory Healthcare and trends in sports medicine design.
“Within the 90,000-sq.-ft. facility, about 30,000 square feet will be home to Emory’s treatment and training programs, with its entire roster of sports medicine staff making its home there. The building has to support the training and treatment not only of the Hawks but of a general patient population and P3, an athletic performance and injury prevention intelligence provider—all alongside three basic components of exam suites, high-end radiology, and rehabilitation and physical therapy.”
“The addition of science to the equation through P3 is a new one, and Hideaki Taguchi sees it as a growing trend. ‘[Professional athletes] have reached a performance peak based on the traditional training aspect and started looking at science and numbers to gain an edge in their performance,’ he says. This ability to gather metrics will be an important part of the holistic approach to care at the Hawks facility, helping to identify mechanical issues via motion capture technology or using force plates to recognize where adjustments might be needed in a person’s jump or gait, adds Paul Whitson.”
“Whitson urges design firms to consider internal collaboration to brace for the [sports medicine] trend. ‘As part of our practice in Kansas City, there are people who do nothing but wellness design, so that’s where we’re finding we’re breaking interesting new ground,’ he says of the integration of healthcare, sports, and wellness studios. “That’s going to inform the larger healthcare practice.”