Teaming Up for Sports Medicine Success
Accelero Health Partners, September 13, 2009
When most people think of sports medicine, they picture team athletes getting their knees iced on the field, undergoing sophisticated surgery to repair injured tendons and cartilage, or undertaking grueling rehab routines to get themselves back in the game.
But the more typical sports medicine patient is the weekend warrior who's overdone his running routine or thrown a pitch to his kid with a little too much enthusiasm. Knee and shoulder injuries represent 40% of outpatient surgery volume nationally, and almost half of those patients are between the ages of 18 and 44. Clearly, a sports medicine program focused solely on team athletes won't reach most of them.