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Specialized care available for sports injuries

July 31, 2023

Anyone who’s ever played sports at any level—or whose youngster has been an athlete—is all too familiar with that cringe moment when you know a sports injury has occurred.

But there’s good news:  The Sports Medicine program at UHS is on your team if an injury occurs, and can provide you or your child with exceptional treatment and care, right here in the Southern Tier.

Whether you’re a professional, student or amateur athlete, it can even be “Game on!” once again if you seek the right kind of specialized medical attention. The benefit comes from consulting one of UHS’ specially trained sports medicine specialists.

The powerful team assembled by UHS includes physicians, surgeons, athletic trainers, physical therapists and support staff--all working together to create a cohesive plan for getting the athletic individual back in action.

While highly trained athletes obviously need sports-focused medical care, the “weekend warrior” also can benefit from a sports-trained physician’s expertise.

What’s more, if you’re simply active at work or in everyday life, or if you stand, lift heavy objects or perform repetitive functions as part of your job, you can be at risk for injuries which sports doctors can address.

The UHS Sports Medicine team strives to serve you, and get you back to your activity, just as they do the most elite athletes.

In the department, you can rely on the expertise of the region’s leading providers who focus on sports- and activity-related injuries and conditions. The department is located within the UHS Orthopedic Center at 4433 Vestal Parkway East; call 771-2220.

What’s more, a hotline is available.

UHS Sports Medicine offers a dedicated hotline answered by New York State-licensed athletic trainers. Who should call? Parents, high school or college athletes, golfers, adult runners, adult league athletes, firefighters, police officers or EMS providers--anyone using his or her body to the fullest extent and also experiencing an injury. The hotline is for any athlete, regardless of age or sport.

This dedicated line--reachable at 607-75SPORT--is managed by certified athletic trainers, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Callers connect with an experienced athletic trainer from UHS Sports Medicine who can assist in scheduling an appointment with the appropriate UHS sports medicine provider. If calling outside of these hours, expect a return phone call the next day. Learn more by clicking here.

Remember, in the event of any critical emergency, don’t wait—call 911.