Researchers and clinicians at the newly renamed University of Southern California's Epstein Family Center for Sports Medicine will collaborate with the university’s Athletics Department and the Keck School of Medicine to develop innovative injury prevention strategies to not only keep Trojan student-athletes healthy, but also help predict the risk of injury and reinjury. $10,000,000 recently donated by the Epstein Family Foundation will help USC staff achieve this.
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Staff at the center specialize in the treatment of sports injuries affecting the shoulder, knee, hip and elbow. They use arthroscopic procedures to ease the pain and speed healing as well as collaborate with other specialists to promote nonsurgical solutions, like physical therapy.
In addition to serving USC’s athletes, the sports medicine team assists other elite competitors, including Olympic and professional athletes. The advances in player safety and treatment developed as a result of this funding will also benefit youth and recreational athletes.
“This increased funding will provide the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery with the necessary resources to collaborate with other schools and divisions across the university, blending orthopaedic surgery with stem cell research, tissue engineering, biomechanics, robotics and neuroscience to develop new therapies and speed them into practice,” Dr. Laura Mosqueda, dean of the Keck School of Medicine and professor of family medicine and geriatrics, stated in a USC News report.
According to Dr. Jay R. Lieberman, professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, the goal will be to set national standards for the prevention and treatment of athletic injuries. The funding will enable the department to recruit experts with expertise in critical areas, such as ligament and tendon repair, as well as hire a director.
Other priorities include establishing a unit dedicated to collecting and analyzing data as well as monitoring clinical trials to oversee patient recovery and setting up an advanced training facility for the next generation of sports medicine specialists.
“We plan to build a surgical simulation laboratory that will allow our fellows, residents, medical students and faculty members to hone their skills and develop new surgical techniques, including arthroscopic and other minimally invasive procedures to repair damaged ligaments and tendons, Lieberman stated in a news report. “This is going to be a game changer in how the next generation of specialists in sports medicine are trained.”
The benefactors are long-standing supporters of USC. Daniel Epstein earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering from USC Viterbi in 1962 and has served on the USC Board of Trustees since 2002. He is also a member of the executive committee of the Lusk Center for Real Estate and chair of the advisory board of the Epstein Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. Phyllis Epstein is a board member of the USC Roski School of Art and Design and the USC Shoah Foundation (The Institute for Visual History and Education).
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