Houston Methodist Sugar Land physician named to U.S. Soccer’s Olympic team medical staff
Orthopedic surgeon Kyle Borque, M.D., of Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Sugar Land has been named to the medical staff for the U.S. Soccer Men’s Olympic team.
Borque is one of four physicians from around the country who will serve as team doctors for the team, which begins qualifying play in March.
“I’m thrilled and honored to be selected for this opportunity,” Borque said. “It really is a dream come true for me.”
Borque has a special affinity for soccer. He played for years while growing up in Sugar Land, and he remains a fan today. But today Borque is much more than a fan. He has specialized training to treat soccer-related injuries at the highest level.
In 2018, Borque completed a five-month fellowship in complex knee surgery studying under famed orthopedic surgeon Andy Williams, M.D., at the Fortius Clinic at Chelsea Westminster Hospital in London. Williams, widely considered the top knee surgeon in England and the leading expert on soccer-related knee injuries, consults with 18 of the 20 teams in the Premier League, England’s top soccer league.
“During my fellowship, I assisted on surgeries for players on more than 10 Premiership teams, as well as Olympians and professional rugby players,” Borque said. “It was an amazing opportunity, working every day alongside Dr. Williams, who is so well-known in the soccer community. That experience combined with the time I spent on the sidelines with the New England Patriots provide me with confidence that I can provide the highest level of care to our U.S. soccer players.”
Borque and the other three team physicians are taking turns supporting the Olympic squad at training camps in the build-up to the qualifying tournament, which begins March 20, 2020, in Guadalajara, Mexico. The region’s top eight teams will compete, and the first- and second-place finishers will advance to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
If the U.S. advances, Borque will be in Tokyo for at least a portion of the Olympic Games, working with the athletic training staff to keep everyone healthy and treating everything from daily knocks and bruises to serious knee/leg injuries and concussions.
“It’s a great feeling to be involved with U.S. Soccer and to be a part of the excellent medical staff that is supporting the team,” he said. “Going to the Olympics would make it even more special.”
The specialists at Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine have extensive experience as team physicians, working with top professional, college and high school athletes to keep them healthy and in playing condition. Borque says that experience translates into better care for every patient.
“The work I did in London was definitely challenging, because I was treating high-profile professional athletes who rely on healthy knees for their livelihood,” Borque said. “But I’m able to utilize the expertise and knowledge gained there for all my patients here in Sugar Land – designing tailored treatment and recovery plans that fit their unique injuries or conditions. The goal is the same regardless of age and level of fitness or athleticism – providing every patient with the best possible care and helping them recover fully in the quickest amount of time.”
Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Sugar Land is located at 16811 Southwest Freeway, Suite 200, on the Houston Methodist Sugar Land campus. To make an appointment with Borque or any of the Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine physicians, call 281.690.4678.