Active athletes, whether they’re dabblers, weekend warriors, or pros, increase their risk of injury just by engaging in sport. Sports medicine refers to the practice of treating athletic injuries - particularly those affecting the musculoskeletal system - and rehabilitating/conditioning athletes to perform to the best of their ability.Certain sport activities are especially hard on the large joints, such as the knee, shoulder, and elbow. Baseball players –especially pitchers – use their arms to throw the ball at great velocity and are susceptible to shoulder and elbow injuries such as inflammation, cartilage wear, bone spurs, a torn or diseased rotator cuff, and tearing of the medial collateral ligament (MCL). Similarly, baseball, basketball, soccer, and football players fall victim to sprains, concussion, wrist and finger injuries, and knee problems such as a torn meniscus or anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears.
Dedicated to treating athletic injuries of the musculoskeletal system, with a special focus on shoulder, elbow, and knee injuries, the Sports Medicine & Shoulder Service at Hospital for Special Surgery is one of the largest, most active, most highly respected departments in athletic medicine today. Combined with the sports medicine centers available at HSS, such as the Sports Performance Center, the Sports Rehabilitation and Performance Center, and the Women’s Sports Medicine Center, the expertise available at Hospital for Special Surgery is unparalleled.
Currently, Hospital for Special Surgery's Sports Medicine doctors and physical therapists serve as team physicians and athletic trainers for the New York Giants, the New York Mets, the New York Knicks, and the New Jersey Nets.To learn more about the sports medicine services and treatments available at Hospital for Special Surgery, access the articles, audio clips, and video programs listed below.