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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 3, 2004

UI Sports Medicine Clinic To Open Sept. 7

Athletes of all ages and skill levels will have an important new option for treatment of injuries and other sports-related disorders when the new UI Sports Medicine Center opens Tuesday, Sept. 7 in University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

The center brings together physicians who have treated professional and competitive athletes at every level in a clinic built on the philosophy of complete, efficient and effective service. The UI Sports Medicine Center offers one convenient location for the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of this active-minded population.

Physicians from UI Sports Medicine already treat athletes in the NBA and Major League Baseball, as well as serving as the primary and orthopaedic physicians for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Now these same physicians are teaming up to make their services more convenient and easier to access for high school athletes, weekend warriors and recreational athletes, as well as people in the community interested in pursuing an active lifestyle.

"We've assembled a multidisciplinary team of experts with experience that is unmatched in the area," said Ned Amendola, M.D., medical director of the UI Sports Medicine Center and professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. "We are bringing high-end sports medicine to general consumers."

Orthopaedic surgeons, athletic trainers, primary care physicians, physician assistants and rehabilitation therapists will pool their expertise under UI Sports Medicine. Specialists will treat all musculoskeletal conditions and injuries including all sports-related medical problems. Treatment may include preventative measures, rehabilitation, exercise prescription, medical management or surgery, and all of it will be available through the center. The end goal is to efficiently assess and treat athletes, getting them back into action or physical activity safely and as soon as possible.

The clinic is a specialty service offered by the UI Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, a department consistently ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

"We have a long history of providing care for competitive athletes," said Joseph Buckwalter, M.D., head of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. "This new clinic builds upon what we already offer and addresses the needs of patients of all ages who want to regain the ability to participate in sports and maintain or improve their health through recreational and fitness activities."

The clinic will provide comprehensive care for athletes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, a consultation or an appointment, call 319-384-7070.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.