President Bruce Benson's newsletter
Dear Alumni and Friends,
Imagine a sports medicine and performance center where a weekday lap swimmer benefits from the same expert advice on technique as an Olympic swimmer. Or where a 10-year-old soccer player gets the same high level of care for an injury as that provided to an elite NCAA Division I athlete.
There’s no need to imagine it. The CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center provides world-class medical care and sports science to athletes and active people of all levels and ages. Housed in a state-of-the-art facility in the Champions Center, part of the recently completed upgrade to CU’s athletics facilities at Folsom Field, the center is open to the public and draws clients locally, from across the country and around the world.
It’s a cooperative effort among the CU School of Medicine, University Physicians Inc., CU Boulder and Boulder Community Health. The center is a shining example of what happens when entities across CU campuses and in the community collaborate to combine several activities integral to our mission – preparing students, providing hands-on educational opportunities, advancing knowledge through research and serving the community.
Nearly 2 years old, the center is the brainchild of Dr. Eric McCarty (head team physician for CU Buffaloes athletics) and Dr. Andy Pruitt of Boulder Community Health (a former CU faculty member with extensive experience in sports medicine, particularly with Olympic athletes). They aimed to combine the best clinical care with sports performance science for active people ranging from weekend warriors to elite athletes.
The sports medicine strand treats everything from concussions to knee injuries, from spinal issues to hand and wrist problems. It has special focuses on pediatric injuries and sports medicine for women. The center also provides a full range of physical therapy and the latest in imaging technology.
The performance strand offers physiological testing, advice on running and cycling biomechanics, sports nutrition and more. It is led by Dr. Iñigo San Millán, whose expertise in sports performance has been sought by athletes and teams around the globe. The center hosts a lecture series on topics including sports nutrition and injury prevention. It also offers classes on everything from Pilates to winter sports conditioning.
The success the center has experienced in its first year provides a window into its vast potential. Research opportunities abound for CU faculty and students. Our NCAA student-athletes benefit from top-flight expertise and care. Internships for CU students in the center’s various programs augment their classroom experiences. Athletes in CU’s wide range of club sports take advantage of the center, as do students from the Boulder Valley School District.
The center exemplifies a culture of collaboration and cooperation across the university and with our myriad external communities. We’re a better university when we pool our substantial expertise and resources and work together. All manner of good things happen when we gather experts under one roof and imagine what’s possible. Just look at the example of the CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center.
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