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Why You Should Have a Sports Medicine Expert On Your Team

Why You Should Have a Sports Medicine Expert On Your Team

The benefits of an active life are almost without limit and include your mental, physical, social, and emotional health. Whether you meet up with a group of friends for a once-weekly pickleball game or you’re a serious, daily runner training for races, it’s important that nothing slows you down.

Few people understand this better than Dr. Marc Pietropaoli, who has devoted his Victory Sports Medicine & Orthopedics practice to helping clients lead active, healthy lifestyles.

Here’s why having a sports medicine specialist like Dr. Pietropaoli and his team in your corner makes great sense.

Training and experience

The first thing to know about Dr. Pietropaoli is that he has decades of experience combining his two specialties — orthopedics and sports medicine. Dr. Pietropaoli is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Throughout his career, Dr. Pietropaoli has worked in private practice treating individual patients and serving as a team doctor on the collegiate and professional levels. From major league baseball to little league, Dr. Pietropaoli is passionate about ensuring that athletes of all ages and levels can keep doing what they love.

In his own time, Dr. Pietropaoli has run marathons and is an avid golfer, so he very much understands the needs of athletes on a personal level.

What makes sports medicine special?

No matter what level of athlete you are, you’re asking a little more of your body, and this extra workload can place you more at risk for injury. In 2021 alone, there were 3.2 million visits to emergency rooms and urgent care centers for sports-related injuries.

Topping the list are ankle sprains, followed by knee and shoulder injuries — all joints that work a little harder when you’re active.

As sports medicine specialists, we not only understand the nature of the injuries we’re up against, we treat them in a way that keeps your future participation top of mind. So, instead of just patching you up and sending you on your way, we sit down with you to review your goals, such as a quick return to sport, and find ways to best meet these goals.

In other words, we don’t see you as just a patient with a musculoskeletal injury but as an active person who wants to remain that way, and all of our treatments support that.

We also don’t focus solely on return to sport, as we also take the necessary steps to prevent re-injury down the road.

To make our final point about the benefits of a sports medicine specialist, we will go backward a little bit. At our practice, we pride ourselves on working with athletes to avoid injury in the first place and offer programs like our Sportsmetrics™ injury prevention or video performance analyses.

Whether it’s prevention, performance enhancement, or treating existing problems, we find ways to keep you in the game.

If you’d like to explore how sports medicine can benefit you, please call our office in Skaneateles, New York, at 315-303-8352, or book an appointment with us online.

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