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Combining sports knowledge with orthopedic expertise, we have the latest technology, exercise equipment, and expertise to return you to your sport safely and quickly. Conveniently located, the Sports Medicine physician team at OrthoCarolina treats athletes in high school, colleges and universities, and professional sports organizations across the southeast.

Actively seeking the newest research-backed innovation and research, our Sports Medicine physicians often develop pioneering treatments and solutions for athletes of all types. Our team of Sports Medicine doctors also work alongside physical therapists to create rehabilitation plans or with athletic trainers to develop appropriate exercise regimens. 

    A Doctor’s Guide to Preventing ACL Injuries

    As doctors, a high percentage of the patients we care for with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) issues sustain their injuries from movements that occur when the body abruptly decelerates or changes direction.

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    How Ultrasound-Guided Injections Can Help Treat Pain

    Cortisone injections can provide much needed relief for ongoing and chronic pain. Ultrasound machines have helped us improve this accuracy by allowing us to guide the injection needle to a more exact location under direct visualization.

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    Sports Medicine at OrthoCarolina

    World-Class Sports Medicine care at OrthoCarolina

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    ​How to Know If You Might Have a Rotator Cuff Issue

    Rotator cuff issues are a common culprit of shoulder pain. Four muscles make up the rotator cuff and keep the head of the upper arm bone in its socket, enabling it to work. Those muscles turn into tendons that attach near the head, which is the ball of your shoulder, a ball-and-socket joint.

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    A Physician Talks PRP: Using Your Body’s Own Platelets to Heal Injury

    Chronic pain can keep your body hurting for weeks, months, or even years at a time, impacting your day-to-day life and even your work and time with family. It can be a result of an injury, other health issue, or there may be no apparent reason for the pain. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy is one of the newest ways to treat pain. PRP uses a highly concentrated solution of your body’s own platelets to accelerate the natural healing of damaged tissue.

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    One of the Most Common Knee Injuries: The ABCs of the ACL

    The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a vital stabilizing structure within the knee. The ACL helps to control rotation and translation with a knee that is abruptly changing direction or speed. As a result, it is commonly injured in athletes who participate in sports with cutting, pivoting, jumping, and quick running.

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    Leading research group welcomes OrthoCarolina Cartilage Restoration Physician

    Dr. James Fleischli joins a national group of researching physicians.

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    Exercise Like an NFL Athlete

    Being an NFL athlete is no easy feat. Those guys are constantly training, but not all NFL players focus on the same areas. It largely depends on the position they play.

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    What’s the Latest Treatment for Rotator Cuff Injuries?

    Rotator cuff tendon tears affect more than four million people annually in the U.S. and are the most common source of shoulder pain and disability. Dr. Patrick Connor of the OrthoCarolina Sports Medicine Center, team physician to the Carolina Panthers, is pioneering the use of a breakthrough technology designed as a new option for millions of people suffering from rotator cuff tendon tears in the shoulder joint.

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    Life After Football: What Happens to the Human Body When the Days of Playing Are Over?

    It can be difficult to end a career in any sport for those who are hard-wired to do what they love, but the post-football career can be tough physically as well as mentally.

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    To All Swimmers: Get Faster and Stay Healthier - Cross Train.

    Swimming is a great lifetime activity. Whether you're a recreational, masters level, triathlete or competitive swimmer, doing some dry land cross training should be an integral part of your regular weekly workout routine. It can be hard to leave the pool for one day and opt for a dry land workout, but there are many benefits that will leave you a better swimmer and with a more well-rounded level of fitness.

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    What to Know About Football Injury Prevention at the High School & College Level

    Is it ever too early to start talking about football? No way!

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    Warm Up Right for Soccer Performance and Prevention

    These days, most people usually agree that athletes should be doing some type of warm up prior to taking the field, including sports like soccer. What is less clear is exactly what that warm up should look like. Just jogging or doing prolonged hold, stretching is inadequate, and may actually do more harm than good.

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    Is it time to lace up the cleats?

    A former professional soccer player’s perspective on playing the sport

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    Why Foam Rolling is Important: A Soccer Player’s Perspective

    Not too long ago I was working with the U.S. Men’s National Beach Soccer team in their Beach World Cup qualifier tournament.

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    Epidemiological Study Tracks Upper Extremity Injury Trends in NASCAR Drivers and Pit Crew

    Any sport will cause wear and tear on the bodies of athletes over time, but for a NASCAR pit crew, roles on the team can play a big role in the type of injuries they face.

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    Taking Care of Collegiate Athletes

    Keeping the Charlotte 49ers in the game

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    OrthoCarolina Motorsports: Keeping you in the race

    Dedicated to keeping you in the race

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    OrthoCarolina Soccer: Keeping you in the game

    Committed to keeping you in the game and proud to support numerous area youth soccer clubs.

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    Ten Things to Know about Being a Physician to an NFL Team

    Dr. Patrick Connor, Head Team Physician of the Carolina Panthers, offers his perspective

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    How recovering from an ACL tear is as much mental as it is physical: Warren’s Story

    When an athlete gets injured, we tend to focus on the physical aspects: What was hurt, the surgery, and when can the athlete get back on the field or court...

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    Why Position-Specific Injuries are Common in NASCAR

    “In what other sport do you get a 15-second break every hour?” –Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

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    How Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch got back on track

    OrthoCarolina, a Charlotte orthopedic clinic. Over the past decade, OrthoCarolina staff members have become as much a part of the NASCAR traveling circus as the other regulars who roam the same roads as drivers, crews and officials.

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