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Rochester General to Provide Sports Medicine Support to RIT

hockey1Last fall RGHS and Rochester Institute of Technology announced plans to provide customized sports medicine services for the university’s 600-plus student athletes in RIT’s NCAA Division III athletics program and its two Division I hockey programs.

Due to their high-contact nature creating increased injury risks, RIT hockey and men’s lacrosse games typically include an on-site physician. With this partnership in place, physicians from the Rochester General Sports Medicine Institute (RGSMI) will provide that on-the-field support, as well as coverage for soccer, basketball and other sports. “That becomes another level of care and safety for our student-athletes,” says Lou Spiotti, Jr., executive director of RIT’s Center for Intercollegiate Athletics.

The RGSMI presence will be led by David Privitera, MD, a fellowship-trained sports-medicine surgeon; and Christine Blonski, MD, a primary-care sports-medicine physician. The physician team will also include RGHS Chief of Orthopaedics Edward Tanner, MD, with additional contributions from other Rochester General specialists, physician assistants, and physical and sports therapists.

“We’re excited to have this exchange of current methods and current ways of thinking in sports medicine, particularly around concussion management, which is a very big issue in our industry now,” Spiotti says. “Dr. Blonski specializes in that subject field.”

The Rochester General Sports Medicine Institute, an outgrowth of Rochester General’s nationally respected Orthopaedics program, provides advanced care to a wide range of patients – from elite athletes and “weekend warrior” amateurs, to non-athletes who may experience common orthopaedic injuries that inhibit normal function. The multidisciplinary program blends the talents and expertise of RGHS surgeons, physicians, physical therapists and a committed team of care providers.

For more information, visit www.rochestergeneral.org/sportsmedicine.