New Orleans Pelicans

Address: 1501 Dave Dixon Dr., New Orleans, LA 70113
Arena Name: Smoothie King Center
Phone: (504) 733-0255

Duane Brooks

Education: Florida A&M (B.S.); Florida State University (M.S.)
Hometown: Tampa, FL
NBATA Member Since: 2014
Duane Brooks, who brings over two decades of experience in his field, enters his fourth season with the New Orleans Pelicans after spending 13 seasons as the New Orleans Saints’ assistant athletic trainer. Brooks is responsible for the health care, prevention and rehabilitation of injuries, daily training room operations and maintenance of the team’s medical records. Brooks joined the Saints in 2002 after spending six seasons with Florida State University in a similar capacity. His contributions since have helped the athletic training staff earn several awards, including the 2007 Southeastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (SEATA) Professional Athletic Trainers Award and both the Professional Football Athletic Training Society Staff of the Year and Fain Cain Memorial Award in 2006. During his time with the Saints and Pelicans organizations, Brooks has served on the training staffs for the 2007 Pro Bowl, Super Bowl XLVII, the 2016 & 2017 Basketball Without Borders camps in Johannesburg, South Africa, the 2017 NBA All-Star Game and the 2017 NBA Africa Game.

While at Florida State, Brooks was the assistant football athletic trainer and head athletic trainer for the baseball team. He traveled to the College World Series three times and was a member of a staff that participated in four national championship football games. Brooks completed summer internships with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1992, 1993 and 1996.

A member of both the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Louisiana Athletic Trainers Association, Brooks has a bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M and earned his master’s degree in athletic administration at Florida State.

Todd Hooks

Education: University of Mississippi (B.S.)
Hometown: Jackson, MS
NBATA Member Since: 2015
Todd Hooks joined the New Orleans Pelicans as an Assistant Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist in 2015. Todd is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and began his career working in Birmingham, AL where he completed a Physical Therapy Sports Medicine Fellowship with American Sports Medicine Institute under the direction of Glen Fleisig, PhD, Kevin Wilk, DPT, and James Andrews, MD. Todd has also completed the Ola Grimsby residency, fellowship, and doctorate program. Additionally, he is board certified as an orthopedic and sports specialist.

Todd served as the rehab coordinator for The University of West Alabama, University of Alabama, and Cincinnati Reds previously.

Todd routinely lectures at state, national, and international meetings and conducts continuing education meetings on dry needling and sports rehabilitation. He has published articles and chapters on the treatment of various orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. Todd is a member of the American Academy of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists.