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Leaders in Sports Medicine Host Preseason Discussion About Baseball Injuries - 2009

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

“As pitchers and catchers report to training camp on February 14, physical therapists and athletic trainers will, once again, need to become well-versed in the myriad of potential injuries that may occur over the course of the season,” said David W. Altchek, M.D., Co-Chief of Special Surgery’s Sports Medicine Service. Dr. Altchek, who is also Medical Director of the New York Mets, will keynote the event and will discuss "Management of Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury in Throwers." The topic focuses on what the sports world knows as "Tommy John Surgery" and Dr. Altchek will discuss advances he has made to this type of elbow surgery and review his outcomes.

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.

Learn more about Pre-Season Seminar: Treatment, Rehabilitation and Performance Enhancement of the Baseball Player.

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, hickenbottomt@hss.edu. 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 HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the eighth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.


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