Athletic Training Grant Enhances Player Safety at 12 Area Schools

Posted on 11/12/14

The NFL Foundation matched a $25,000 donation from the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation to fund athletic training services at 12 local high schools' varsity football games.

Twelve area high schools will benefit from the establishment of an athletic trainer grant that will provide athletic training coverage at home and away varsity high school football games in the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

In September 2014, the NFL Foundation matched a $25,000 grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation to the Western New York Amateur Football Alliance to provide athletic trainers for high school football games at select schools that would otherwise not have had the coverage. UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine facilitates the athletic training services, supervision and administration of the program and participating trainers.

“The Athletic Training Outreach Program has added much needed game day medical coverage to those schools that do not employ full-time athletic trainers,” said Bud Carpenter, Bills Head Certified Athletic Trainer. “A Certified Athletic Trainer is trained to treat on field injuries and to recognize and manage suspected mild traumatic brain injuries (concussions). The mere presence of these medical professionals lends to a safer playing environment for the student athletes playing football.”

Studies have shown that the presence of athletic trainers can have a significant positive impact on student-athlete health, including lower injury rates, improved diagnosis and better return-to-play decisions.

The following twelve high school varsity football programs were the benefactors of athletic training services as part of the Buffalo Bills Athletic Trainer Program: Falconer/Cassadaga Valley, Cattaraugus-Little Valley, Sherman/Clymer, Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake, Westfield/Brocton, Dunkirk, Fredonia, Gowanda, Panama, Ellicottville/Franklinville, Silver Creek/Forestville, and Southwestern.

“As the Team Doctors for the Buffalo Bills players, we are happy to partner with the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation and NFL Foundation to provide the same type of care to student athletes as we provide to the pros,” said Dr. Leslie Bisson, Buffalo Bills team physician and orthopaedic physician with UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. “This wouldn't have happened without the leadership of those two organizations, and we're pleased to contribute.”

"It is a comfort to know that there is someone on the sidelines whose number one focus and sole concern is taking care of the health and wellbeing of our student athletes,” said Kim Schon, Gowanda High School Athletic Director. “Having a certified athletic trainer available to work with our athletes has been such a valued and appreciated service that only benefits the overall athletic experience for kids. Having their presence significantly reduces the anxiety of parents, coaches, and players when it comes to injuries and game time return-to-play decisions.”

The intent of the program is to not only keep young athletes safe in the short term, but also to advocate for an inclusion of athletic training services into the school budgets of participating high schools. Meetings will be held in November to plan expansion and improvement of the pilot program, with hopes to extend the coverage for years to come.

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UBMD Orthopaedics Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Orchard Park Office

Posted on 10/07/14

BUFFALO, N.Y.—UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is thrilled to announce their newest office, located at 5959 Big Tree Road in Orchard Park. UBMD celebrated the opening of the Southtowns office this past Thursday, Oct. 2 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine has previously held a number of offices in the Southtowns and is excited to now bring together their services and providers under one roof. This office will have specialists in general orthopaedics, hand, spine, lower and upper extremities, sports medicine, foot and ankle, concussion management and pediatrics. The facilities will also offer cutting-edge services in physical therapy and strength and conditioning, and will provide educational programs, community events and urgent care. The urgent care service, called UB OrthoCare, is open on Saturdays from 11am thru 7pm, and will have extended weekday hours starting in the new year.

In appreciation for the Southtowns community, UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine has teamed up with Orchard Park High School, East Aurora High School, Hamburg High School and Frontier High School to provide athletic training coverage to their sports teams. “We are energized by this partnership, and look forward to being a part of this great community,” says Community Relations and Marketing Specialist, Amanda Clark. “Now that we have all of our state-of-the-art services under one roof here in Orchard Park, we can offer the best care for our patients all at one location.”

Looking to the future, UBMD Ortho hopes to continue nurturing their relationship with Orchard Park and the entire Southtowns community.

Carestream Health and UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Collaborate on Medical Imaging Research

Posted on 10/07/14

Agreement Builds on Carestream’s Partnership with the Buffalo Bills and Company’s Focus on Developing New Technologies to Treat Head, Extremity Injuries 

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 7 — Carestream and UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine announced a research agreement to collaborate on development of a new three-dimensional medical imaging system for capturing orthopaedic images of patient extremities (knees, legs, feet, arms and hands).

Physicians from UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine will work with Carestream researchers to conduct clinical studies initially focused on the advantages of using cone beam CT (CBCT) technology in the diagnosis and treatment of knee injuries.

Imaging systems based on CBCT technology for use in treating orthopaedic conditions—including traumatic injuries, joint replacements, arthritis and osteoporosis—can be designed to be lower in cost and use less radiation than today’s full body CT systems. This new digital technology is designed to provide the ability to capture otherwise unavailable weight-bearing images of knees, legs and feet, which are of particular interest to orthopaedic and sports medicine physicians.

"Bringing three-dimensional imaging to the point where patient care is provided—whether on the playing field or at the physician's office—has many benefits. In simple terms, three-dimensional imaging provides additional information over two-dimensional imaging technology in treating patients, but it is too expensive to be used in most medical offices. The CBCT technology we are exploring can be optimized for specific use in sports medicine and orthopaedics, and at a significantly lower cost,” said Dr. John Marzo, a physician with UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics, School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo and Medical Director, Buffalo Bills.

“Because CBCT systems are smaller in size and more affordable, they can be installed at urgent care facilities, athletic training facilities, and physicians’ and specialists’ offices. This could make it easier for patients to obtain diagnostic exams immediately following an injury and help improve evaluation and treatment,” he added.      

The two organizations plan to broaden their collaboration at a later date to study the advantages of digital medical imaging in treating other patient extremity problems. This joint research project may be further expanded to focus on developing a CBCT system with image quality that is suitable for assessing and treating traumatic brain injuries.

This collaboration builds on an agreement last year between Carestream and the Buffalo Bills with the goal of aiding Carestream’s understanding of the use of advanced medical imaging technology in early detection and monitoring of player injuries. The partnership continues to focus on the need for new technology to help address key concerns in sports medicine.

“The NFL supports initiatives that will help us better understand the impact of injuries and the effect on players’ health long term, with the goal of advancing sports medicine to provide better care for all athletes,” said Russ Brandon, President & CEO, Buffalo Bills. “Extending the collaboration with Carestream to include clinical research with UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is an important step that will help with this effort.”

Instant access to medical images helps determine whether a player may return to a game or a practice session, or if further treatment is necessary. The Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers, Green Bay Packers and numerous other professional sports organizations around the world have adopted Carestream’s digital radiology products for use in diagnosing player injuries.

“The expertise we have gained by working with radiologists and physician specialists to develop our radiology systems puts us in a strong position to focus on sports medicine and orthopaedics,” said Diana L. Nole, President, Digital Medical Solutions, Carestream. “By strengthening our partnerships with top orthopaedic care providers and leading sports medicine experts to help guide our future product development initiatives, we can continue to bring products to market that significantly improve patient care for the elite athlete as well as the many active people in our communities.”