Portland, Maine (PRWEB) August 03, 2012
Dr. Heinz Appointed by Board of Directors of the National Federation of State High School Associations
OA Centers for Orthopaedics today announced that the Board of Directors of the National Federation of State High School Associations has selected Dr. William Heinz as the Chair of the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.
Since its inception in 1996, the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) has provided information and made recommendation to the NFHS concerning sports medicine issues as they relate to rules writing, as well as the other programs and services of the NFHS. In his new role, Dr. Heinz will contribute to and oversee the development, review and revision of position statements and guidelines to assist NFHS leadership and membership in making informed decisions that contribute to minimizing risk for participation.
SMAC evaluates a comprehensive, nationwide injury database that is maintained and analyzed for the board twice each year. “We take a look at injury trends, rates of injury and the relative severity of those injuries,” said Dr. Heinz. “For example, the Committee recently determined that requiring field hockey players to wear eye protection was the only sure way to minimize what is typically a catastrophic injury.” After a decision like this is made, SMAC continues to monitor the injury database to make sure that the new ruling does not result in unintended consequences in the form of a new set of injuries.
About Dr. William Heinz
Dr. Heinz is a Sports Medicine physician at OA Centers for Orthopaedics. He specializes in the diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment of sports-related musculoskeletal injuries. He received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and degree in medicine from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine and then went on to perform a fellowship in primary care sports medicine, where he subspecialized in shoulder injuries. Dr. Heinz holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine. He is an adjunct professor at the University of New England, and is a concussion management expert and founding member of the Maine Concussion Management Initiative (MCMI), a nonprofit organization committed to making computerized cognitive testing available to all high schools in Maine. Dr. Heinz is also the Team Physician for the Portland Sea Dogs, the company physician for the Portland Ballet and the orthopaedic consultant for Gould Academy and Portland High School.
About OA Centers for Orthopaedics
Founded in 1982, OA Centers for Orthopaedics is the premier orthopedic practice in Maine and one of the country’s leading innovators in orthopedics. OA’s 16 surgeons and physicians are highly specialized in areas such as sports medicine; hand surgery; foot and ankle surgery; medical and surgical treatment of the spine; joint reconstruction of the hip, knee and shoulder; and fracture treatment. OA performs more orthopedic procedures than any other practice in Maine, and some of the most sophisticated procedures in the nation. OA’s outpatient surgery center is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). OA has been cited by the national Ambulatory Surgery Center Association as a “world class center.”
Headquartered in Portland, Maine, OA has satellite offices in Windham, Brunswick and Saco. OA—Experience in motion.
For more information, please visit http://www.orthoassociates.com.