University of Miami: Raising the Bar in Sports Medicine
For an athlete, whether professional or amateur, a serious injury can considerably alter the course of their future. Even active adults – or weekend warriors – can be significantly hampered through accidents and overuse injuries. But there is no need to sacrifice dreams or quality of life, thanks to a team of physician experts at the University of Miami practicing the latest advances in sports medicine.
INNOVATING SPORTS MEDICINE
The University of Miami Sports Medicine Institute, the only academic-based sports medicine program of its kind in South Florida, is a next-level sports medicine care and performance leader located at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center on the University of Miami campus in Coral Gables, FL. The Institute sees patients ranging from student athletes and active individuals to college and professional athletes, including the University of Miami Hurricanes, Miami Marlins, U.S. Sailing Team, and other high-profile athletes that include Olympians and celebrities. University of Miami's sports medicine physicians – led by Dr. Lee Kaplan, the Institute's Director and Medical Director/Head Team Physician for the Miami Hurricanes and Miami Marlins – are committed to accurately diagnosing patient conditions and formulating customized, leading-edge treatment plans that get them back on the field of play safely and as quickly as possible. Patients are treated by multidisciplinary experts who specialize in shoulders, knees, elbows, hips, and concussions. Sports cardiology, sports psychology, kinesiology and sports nutrition are also integrated into care.
Former collegiate soccer player and Orlando resident, Jenny Taylor, was looking for expert care following five knee surgeries at other institutions. At the University of Miami, Taylor found a perfect fit for what she sought in a medical team.
“I was looking for a group that was familiar with competitive athletes and I was comfortable and confident with the UM Sports Medicine Team, she said.
“They understood that my case was a unique one, and were very supportive, truly listening to my feedback throughout the whole process, which made my rehabilitation much more effective.” After three additional surgeries, today Taylor is in great physical condition, and already back on the field and fully active again.
However, the sports medicine scope is not limited to reparative procedures. To help patients further improve their game, the Institute also has partnered with EXOS – a global leader in human performance – to offer high school/college prep training for athletes and teams. By focusing on four pillars – mindset, nutrition, movement and recovery – EXOS supports youth and adults, individually or in teams, with the same training programs that they use to train professional athletes and elite champions. The partnership is EXOS’s first in South Florida and with an academic health center.
Additionally, an endurance clinic provides support for the common injuries endurance athletes experience on ongoing basis. The Institute’s team focuses on research-based injury prevention to keep patients safe and avoid further recurrences or new injuries. The Institute also boasts a comprehensive concussion program that provides evaluation and treatment for children and adults with mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI)/concussion. Physician experts in neurology, psychology and physical therapy make up the clinic’s collaborative team that discovers, develops and delivers cutting-edge treatments to ensure patients have a full recovery. The ability to have everything in one place, focused on the total patient experience, from coming in to physical therapy, radiologic testing, other procedures and surgery, is a unique and convenient avenue for athletes and their families.