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UPMC Becomes Official Sports Medicine Provider For Duquesne University Athletics

PITTSBURGH, December 8, 2003 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Sports Medicine has become the official sports medicine provider for Duquesne University's department of athletics.

Christopher  D. Harner, M.D. , professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine , and medical director of the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine , has been named head team physician of Duquesne Universitys athletic department. UPMC primary care sports medicine physician Eric Anish, M.D., has been named assistant team physician; and Joe Gatti, a certified athletic trainer at UPMC for three years, has been named head athletic trainer for Duquesne's football and wrestling teams. Drs. Harner and Anish and Mr. Gatti, along with UPMC sports medicine physicians, trainers and physical therapists, are working with Duquesne's staff of four certified athletic trainers to provide sports medicine coverage for more than 500 student athletes involved in 22 sports, including its NCAA Division I-AA championship football and Division I men's and women's basketball teams.

In addition to game coverage, UPMC operates a twice-weekly injury clinic on Duquesne's campus as well as pre-season physical examinations and musculoskeletal screenings.

We are very pleased to provide UPMC Sports Medicines dedicated staff and world-class facilities and establish a long-term relationship with Duquesne University's excellent student athletic programs, said Dr. Harner.

UPMC has a reputation of providing quality sports medicine services to collegiate and professional sports teams. They are a nationally recognized leader in sports medicine and we are excited about the partnership, said Brian Colleary, director of athletics at Duquesne.

UPMC employs 44 certified athletic trainers and seven graduate assistants who provide sports medicine care to 39 area high schools and eight local colleges and universities. UPMC has the regions largest staff of athletic trainers, physical therapists, physicians and other sports medicine specialists who attend to the daily sports medicine needs of UPMC-contracted schools as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. In addition to professional, elite, scholastic and amateur athletes, the centers staff also treats many non-athletes with musculoskeletal injuries related to physical activity. For more information, please access http://sportsmedicine.upmc.com/.

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