Orthopedic Surgeons Encinitas, CA, Steps Up to Help Young Local Athletes

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American Orthopaedic & Sport Medicine (AOSM) teams with Pacific Ridge School to prevent injury.

Orthopedic Surgeons Encinitas, CA from American Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine (AOSM) brings the science of injury prevention to local athletes through a partnership with Pacific Ridge School. The collaboration focuses on the management and prevention of orthopaedic injuries in the school’s athletes. AOSM doctors work as team physicians who consult with Pacific Ridge School’s head athletic trainer to address joint and musculoskeletal issues, as well as those issues related to balance and body awareness. This collaboration model developed over the last two years has resulted in successful resolution of injuries and an ongoing ability to keep athletes safe.

“All too often we see teenagers in our offices with injuries that could have been prevented,” said Robert Afra, M.D., Partner in the American Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine medical practice, Assistant Clinical Professor in the USCD Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and former team physician for the UCSD Athletic Department.

“What’s clear is that these kids are passionate about their sports. That’s not going to change nor will the fact that injuries will happen,” added William C. Holland, M.D., partner in American Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with fellowship training in Sports Medicine, knee, and shoulder surgery and former Chief of Sports Medicine at the United States Naval Hospital - Balboa. “Our goal is to lower the probability of injury in contact sports such as soccer, lacrosse, and basketball with a smart, informed approach for coaches and athletes alike. For example, core strengthening is critically important for injury prevention.”

Darren Lawlor, athletic director at Pacific Ridge School, added, “Pacific Ridge School has taken a proactive approach to balance the teams’ drive to achieve with healthy practices to ensure our athletes stay injury-free. We are pleased to have the guidance of AOSM’s physicians to improve the safety and enjoyment of our team sports, particularly as participation in sports continues to grow at our school.”

About Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine (AOSM)
American Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine is a multi-specialty practice serving the serious elite athlete, recreational sports enthusiasts, children, and seniors in North County San Diego to help them stay healthy, active and ‘on the go’. William C. Holland, M.D. is an experienced, board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with fellowship training in Sports Medicine, Knee, and Shoulder surgery and former Chief of Sports Medicine at the United States Naval Hospital - Balboa. Robert Afra, M.D., is a board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon who recently served as Chief of Sports Medicine in the UCSD Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Afra completed his fellowship training in sports medicine at Boston University, where he treated athletes from men's ice hockey who have gone on to the NHL as well as athlete’s from other sports such as soccer, basketball, field hockey and lacrosse.

Founded in the 1980’s, AOSM’s Orthopaedic Doctors and Surgeons seek to deliver the highest quality Orthopaedic Medical Care and Sports Medicine to ensure the most rapid and complete recovery for their patients. AOSM is comprised of well respected, board certified physicians in orthopaedic surgery who specialize in the treatment of the hand, knee, spine, hip, foot and ankle, as well as physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain management. Providing a range of care including physical therapy, orthopedic surgery, and arthroscopic surgery, AOSM’s goal is to help patients get back to a fully active, pain-free lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (760) 942-0565 or visit http://www.aosm.net/home.html.

About Pacific Ridge School
Opened in the fall of 2007, Pacific Ridge School is a non‐profit, independent middle and high school located in the North County, San Diego. With the distinctive mission of building a community that fosters academic excellence, ethical responsibility and global engagement, Pacific Ridge offers a first-rate educational experience to prepare students for college and a purposeful life. For more information, visit http://www.pacificridge.org. Pacific Ridge School does not discriminate on the basis of religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, creed, or national origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other administered programs.

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