Injury Prevention

As doctors for the pros, our physicians work closely not only with athletes on the Buffalo Sabres, Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Bandits, but also with other medical experts across the National Football League and National Hockey League to establish best practices for care. We also work to develop standards not only to treat injuries, but to prevent them in the first place.

The information below can benefit players at all levels of athletic competition – from youth, high school and college to semi-pro and professional – and help prevent injuries. Get information on choosing the right protective equipment, how to adjust to play on different surfaces and much more.

State-of-the-Art Injury Prevention Checklist

State-of-the-art approach to safe, high-performance field and court athletes – IT’S EASY!!

All players incorporate a lower extremity injury prevention program into their strength and conditioning program, starting six weeks before season starts, three to four times per week, 10-15 minutes per session

Ensure that all participating players do FIFA 11+ warm-up drills before every game and practice session, and when possible, warm up on the surface they’ll be playing their games on

Players and parents are provided information about helmets if their children play football, and about shoe-wear and cleat patterns for field sports, especially if playing on artificial turf

Football coaches eliminate the Oklahoma Drill, and coaches of all sports limit full-squad live scrimmages only to those absolutely necessary, and scrimmage on natural grass whenever possible

Helmet Performance & Decreasing Concussion Risk

Our physicians are affiliated with the National Football League and NFL Players Association which thoroughly tested a range of football helmets to determine which designs offered the greatest protection and reduction in head impact severity at the professional level. Choosing the right helmet can help decrease concussion risk after a severe head impact.

Cleat Patterns and Performance on Synthetic Turf

Our physicians are affiliated with the National Football League and NFL Players association which researched and tested a number of common cleats available for players to use and assessed their performance on artificial (synthetic) turf. This can help players identify the right footwear for use on these surfaces to help prevent lower body injuries.

Exterior Skate Protector Puck Impact Testing

Our physicians are affiliated with the National Hockey League and the NHL Players’ Association which performed laboratory testing to assess the force reduction afforded by exterior skate protectors and how they may help protect injury to the front and sides of the foot and ankle from frozen pucks during the normal course of gameplay.

PEP Program – Prevent Injury and Enhance Performance

Through the Santa Monica Sports Medicine Research Foundation comes the PEP Program designed to emphasize the importance of warm-ups, stretching, strengthening and more to prevent ACL and other knee injuries.