The LA Kings and the Toyota Sports Performance Center officially announced the addition of two new permanent partners to the El Segundo-based facility, bringing two premier sports medicine and athletic rehabilitation operations to the South Bay.
Keck Medicine of USC and Meyer Institute of Sport will open at the recently re-named Toyota Sports Performance Center (555 North Nash Street, El Segundo, CA 90245 - previously known as the Toyota Sports Center) this month.
The new businesses, which will be open to the public, are in the areas of the Toyota Sports Performance Center previously occupied by the Los Angeles Lakers.
"As we set out for a new vision at our facility, our goal was to create the premier sports science operation. It was imperative to support our teams here with the Kings and AEG with the best in the world," Kings Sports Chief Operating Officer Kelly Cheeseman said.
"We also strive to best serve the community stakeholders in the South Bay here at the Toyota Sports Performance Center. With our new partners from Keck Medicine of USC and the Meyer Institute of Sport we certainly have achieved that. We are very proud to welcome them into our home and look forward to the years ahead together as partners," Cheeseman said.
"We are thrilled to extend our services to the LA Kings, as well as members of the South Bay Community," Dr. Jay R. Lieberman said.
Dr. Lieberman is the Chair and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Keck Medicine.
"The clinic location in the Toyota Sports Performance Center offers convenient access to our highly regarded faculty, who are committed to providing the best possible care to athletes of all levels," Dr. Lieberman said.
"We are excited to relocate to the Toyota Sports Performance Center. We look forward to serving the Kings, other professional athletes and the community," President and CEO of the Meyer Institute of Sport Dr. John Meyer said.
"We are proud to welcome Keck Medicine of USC and Meyer Institute of Sport to TSPC. They are world class operators who will play an integral role in our mission to develop innovative programming, services and partnerships which continuously enhance the experience of our customers," said Brad Berman, President of American Sports Entertainment Company (ASEC), the operators of the facility.
Keck Medicine of USC orthopaedic physicians are the official orthopaedic medical services provider of the Kings and USC Intercollegiate Athletics. Experts from the USC Epstein Family Center for Sports Medicine at Keck Medicine provide advanced treatment options for athletes at all levels at multiple locations throughout Greater Los Angeles.
At the newest clinic located at the Toyota Sports Performance Center, physicians will treat the LA Kings, Junior Kings, LA Lions and other local youth sports teams in the community including participants of the LA Kings High School Hockey League.
In addition, the facility will be open to the public to serve all stakeholders, from adults to the youth sports, as well as members of the El Segundo and neighboring communities. The clinic will conveniently offer extended hours and provide urgent orthopedic care.
Keck Medicine is one of only two university-based medical systems in the Los Angeles area. Its internationally renowned physicians and scientists provide world-class patient care at Keck Medical Center of USC, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital and more than 80 outpatient clinics in Los Angeles, Orange, Kern, Tulare and Ventura counties.
Also, as Keck Medicine announced on August 5, Dr. Frank Petrigliano has been named Chief of the USC Epstein Family Center for Sports Medicine at Keck Medicine and Head Team Physician for the Kings.
The Meyer Institute of Sport is led by Dr. Meyer, who is set to begin his third season as the Director of Player Health and Performance for the Kings.
As a clinician, Dr. Meyer has practiced in the Los Angeles community for more than 20 years, specializing in biomechanical movement analysis and its relationship with orthopaedic and sports injuries.
Meyer Institute of Sport provides physical therapy, biomechanical movement analysis and preventative sports performance programs to the Kings and a variety of elite professional athletes from the NBA, WNBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, MLS, PGA, USWNT, USA Olympic Skating and USA Olympic Volleyball.
Dr. Meyer has recently completed 14 years of service for the Department of Athletic Medicine at the University of Southern California, most recently as the associate athletic director of sports science and performance.
His interests in spinal disorders, and upper and lower extremity injuries, have led him to serve as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California in the Departments of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy.
When the Lakers departed the Toyota Sports Performance Center in August of 2017, the process to re-create the approximate 35,000-square foot space began. The Kings executive offices were revamped, and at the start of this year the LA Kings Off-Ice Training Center opened in partnership with HockeyShot. Keck Medicine of USC will consist of 3,450-square feet and Meyer Institute of Sport will consist of 13,700-square feet.
The Toyota Sports Performance Center is operated by American Sports Entertainment Company (ASEC). Founded in 2006, ASEC is the largest owner/operator of ice skating and indoor sports facilities in the United States.
ASEC owns and/or operates 21 facilities in New York, North Carolina, Texas, Arizona, and California, including the Toyota Sports Performance Center, the Los Angeles Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo and the LA Galaxy Soccer Center in Torrance.All photos credited to Ricardo Carrasco III, Keck Medicine of USC.