Sports Medicine Division: Overview

Sports Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery incorporates the clinical, educational, and investigational aspects of athletic injuries to treat athletes playing at the high school, college and professional levels, as well as recreational athletes from every age group.

The Sports Medicine Division faculty treat the full spectrum of athletic injuries in children and adults, not only in organizational contexts such as high school, college, and professional athletics but in the care of recreational athletes, such as golf and tennis. More than 3,000 procedures are performed annually by the Division, including arthroscopic procedures on the knee, shoulder, elbow, and ankle. Division physicians also perform the most recently developed meniscal and cartilage reconstruction procedures.

While the volume of surgery performed by the staff is impressive, it is important to realize that the majority of sports injuries are treated non-operatively with an emphasis placed on prevention. Rehabilitation of sports-related injuries incorporates proper education and training to prevent such injuries in the first place. Our Sports Medicine physicians also employ advanced techniques to aid healing, including injections using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.

Additionally, a new and comprehensive Sports Medicine Center, including faculty practice offices, physical therapy space, and research facilities, will be a key component of the Musculoskeletal Institute, helping to fulfill the Division’s mission to provide patients with the best setting for the rehabilitation of their sports-related injuries and with the proper education and training to prevent such injuries in the first place.

Division faculty members are instrumental in the care of athletes of all skills and ages. Dr. Orrin Sherman serves as team physician to all NYU athletic teams (NCAA Division III); Dr. David Menche is an orthopaedic consultant for the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament; as of this year, Dr. Andrew Feldman serves as team physician for the professional hockey team, the New York Rangers. And, in partnership with Bellevue Hospital Center, Dr. Dennis Cardone provides care for adolescents in the New York City Public School Athletic League as Director of Partners for Youth.

The Division also conducts an educational lecture series on sports health topics ranging from marathon racing to triathlons, with several members serving as clinical leadership on the New York City Marathon’s medical staff.

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is holding its annual meeting, sponsored by the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI), on November 10, 2018 at NYU Langone Health’s Farkas Auditorium, located at 550 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016. Hosted by the Sports Performance Center, the event is open to sports medicine physicians, dieticians, exercise physiologists, exercise specialists, physical therapists, athletic trainers, coaches, physical educators, fitness professionals, sports conditioning professionals, and other allied health professionals. Please email ACSMGreaterNY@gmail.com with any questions. Click here for more information and click here to register.