NEW YORK—January 26, 2009
Treatment, Rehabilitation and Performance Enhancement of the Baseball Player
To help athletic trainers and physical therapists understand the latest surgical advances and rehabilitative techniques available for pitchers and throwing athletes, Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City will host an educational event drawing on the expertise of its sports medicine and shoulder service.
|Date:||Friday, January 30, 2009|
|Time:||9 a.m. to 4 p.m.|
|Place:||Hospital for Special Surgery's Richard Menchel Education Center|
535 E. 70th Street, Second floor
New York, New York 10021
Also on the agenda is Michael “Mickey” Levinson, PT, CSCS, Clinical Supervisor of the Sports Medicine, Performance and Research Center at Hospital for Special Surgery. Mr. Levinson, who works along side Dr. Altchek on the Mets’ medical team as a physical therapist, will discuss “Rehabilitation of the Throwing Shoulder.”
Considering the talent and financial pressures that go hand-in-hand with professional sports, it becomes easy to understand the pressures being placed on the team physicians to return the players to top form.
“The outcome measurement is very precise,” Dr. Altchek notes. “If these athletes fail to return at or above the same level as they were prior to injury, it’s a disaster, and it’s not acceptable.”
“Regardless of the athlete’s condition, returning to play after an injury is a very graduated process,” continued Dr. Altchek. Mickey and his team introduce specialized therapy and functional exercises and constantly monitor the athlete’s progress and comfort level. After these steps, they practice at low levels, and eventually, begin to play at low levels. Pitchers, for example, require extra caution, as they take a longer time to return to pitching at the same level in a game situation.
“It’s much different than pitching in the bullpen,” Mickey remarks.
Other highlights include HSS Sports Psychologist Jenny Susser, Ph.D., who will discuss the mental aspects of overcoming injuries and enhancing performance. Additional topics will include functional training for baseball players and tips for physicians on what to tell patients experiencing throwing-related injuries.
If you are interested in attending the event or if you would like to talk with Dr. Altchek or Mr. Levinson prior to the event, please contact Tracy Hickenbottom, Public Relations at Hospital for Special Surgery at (212) 606-1197, firstname.lastname@example.org. We also invite you to contact us throughout the baseball season if you would like to interview Dr. Altchek and other members of the HSS sports service when you are writing and need background on the full range of sports-related injuries.
About Hospital for Special Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the world’s largest academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology and No. 7 in geriatrics by U.S. News & World Report (2015-2016), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. HSS is an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at www.hss.edu.