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Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine

Surgeon-in-Chief: Bryan T. Kelly, MD, MBA
Chief, Sports Medicine: Andrew D. Pearle, MD
Chief, Primary Sports Medicine: John P. DiFiori, MD, FACSM

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2020 Surgical Volume: 9,165
2020 Published Studies: 246*
*Some studies may overlap with other services

AS TEAM PHYSICIANS for more than 30 professional and collegiate sports teams, HSS staff were an integral part of maintaining the health and safety of athletes as well as support staff across professional sports leagues during the COVID-19 pandemic. John DiFiori, MD, FACSM, Chief of the Primary Sports Medicine Service at HSS, also helped to craft national guidelines for safe operations during the crisis in his role as medical advisor to the NBA. Read the article.

Recent Achievements

While continuing to deliver its hallmark workshops for children and their coaches, teachers, and parents, the HSS Sports Safety Program contributed to the health of children in several innovative ways throughout 2020. As schools shifted to remote learning in early spring as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program produced dozens of on-demand physical education classes and utilized its online Learning Center to deliver a new class every weekday from mid-March through the end of the school year. This effort was initially intended to support our community partners throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Florida, but the resources were ultimately utilized by teachers at hundreds of schools throughout the United States and around the world.

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The HSS 30-Day Motion Health Challenge emphasizes the importance of high-quality movement.

Additionally, the program partnered with the Sports Performance staff at HSS to produce the “30-Day Motion Health Challenge,” in anticipation of the challenges associated with returning to sports participation after a prolonged period of inactivity. This challenge — a series of education-based training sessions designed to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injury — has been utilized by teachers and coaches both nationally and internationally.

Notable studies
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The Sports Medicine Service and Department of Biomechanics collaborated on a way to visualize instability in the knee with computer modeling.

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine honored a group of HSS researchers with the Cabaud Memorial Award for their paper, “Lateral Extra-articular Tenodesis Alters Regional Distribution of Contact Stress in the Lateral Knee Compartment under Simulated Pivoting Loads: An In Vitro Study.”

Authors included Niv Marom, MD; Hervé Ouanezar, MD; Daniel Hurwit, MD; Carl W. Imhauser, PhD; Thomas L. Wickiewicz, MD; Andrew D. Pearle, MD; and Danyal H. Nawabi, MD.

Looking Ahead

In the area of shoulder and upper extremity research, the Sports Medicine Service is working with researchers in the Leon Root, MD, Motion Analysis Laboratory to develop world-class products and services that can improve quality of life for patients with painful musculoskeletal disorders like osteoarthritis. We use research tools like computational musculoskeletal models, cadaveric experiments and kinematic analysis to explore and answer challenging clinical questions in the areas of shoulder joint replacement, shoulder instability and sports performance.

Pro Teams and Covid
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Sports Medicine & Shoulder at HSS eAcademy
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Sports Medicine Surgeons and Physicians
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