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A description of life being a sports medicine physician

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Ljl Civitan Talk

  1. 1. Dr. Lawrence J. Lemak Homewood Civitans September 25 th , 2008 My Career in Sports Medicine & Trying to Be a Civic Leader
  2. 2. Orthopaedic Sports Medicine <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>“ The care of the muscles, bones, and joints of athletically active individuals” </li></ul>
  3. 3. History of Sports Medicine <ul><li>The origins of sports medicine lie in ancient Greece and ancient Rome where physical education was a necessary and valued aspect of youth – training and athletic contests first became a part of everyday life during these times. However, it was not until 1928 at the Olympics in St. Moritz, when a committee came together to plan the First International Conference of Sports Medicine, that the term itself was coined. In the 5th century, however, the care of athletes was primarily the responsibility of specialists. These were trainer-coaches who were considered to be experts on diet, physical therapy, hygiene, and sport-specific techniques. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Orthopaedic Sports Medicine <ul><li>Whatever it is, it’s a “team effort”! </li></ul><ul><li>Sports Medicine encompasses a </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive team of </li></ul><ul><li>Medical disciplines </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Sports Medicine Team S.M.A.R.T. <ul><li>Sports Physician </li></ul><ul><li>Sports Orthopedist </li></ul><ul><li>Athletic Trainer </li></ul><ul><li>Physical Therapist </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Specialist </li></ul><ul><li>Dentist </li></ul><ul><li>Psychologist </li></ul><ul><li>Bioengineer </li></ul><ul><li>Other Para-medical personnel </li></ul>
  6. 6. Responsibilities of The Sports Medicine Team Team Physician <ul><li>Player </li></ul><ul><li>Parents/Family </li></ul><ul><li>Team </li></ul><ul><li>Coaches </li></ul><ul><li>Administrator/ </li></ul><ul><li>Management </li></ul>
  7. 7. Sports Medicine – A vocation but my Avocation <ul><li>Medical Director: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Major League Soccer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NFL Europa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>United Football League </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LPGA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PGA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AHSAA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Center for Sports Safety </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>USA Football </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Colleges/Schools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Samford </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ASU </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Miles College </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Montevallo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jeff State </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lawson State </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>18 Area High Schools </li></ul></ul>Current Responsibilities
  8. 8. Communication <ul><li>Lack of communication is the major reason for failures in sports medicine. </li></ul><ul><li>Team physicians must effectively communicate with the player, parent(s), trainer, coach, and administration for efficient care. </li></ul><ul><li>With professional athletes, the agents as well as the team league add an extra dimension for direction of care. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Lemak Sports Medicine Comprehensive Approach S.M.A.R.T.
  10. 10. Brookwood Hospital
  11. 11. Lemak Sports Medicine – New Facility <ul><li>While we have a wonderful facility at Brookwood, we look forward to our new free standing facility in Homewood in March 2009! </li></ul><ul><li>Insert Rendering of CLA Building! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Coverage Area
  13. 13. Lemak Sports Medicine <ul><li>Two Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Surgeons, 1 Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician, and 3 Sports Medicine Fellows </li></ul><ul><li>12,000 patients seen in clinic each year (5,000 New Patients) </li></ul><ul><li>2,100 Surgeries Performed Each Year </li></ul><ul><li>Physical Rehabilitation/Therapy is the basis for all of non-operative and operative treatment </li></ul>
  14. 14. Physical Therapy Pre-operative and post operative rehabilitation is frequently more important than the surgical procedure. We heavily rely on the dedication and knowledge of the best physical therapists in the country.
  15. 15. Champion Sports Medicine <ul><li>Outpatient Physical Therapy </li></ul><ul><li>15 Physical Trainers & 25 Certified Athletic Trainers </li></ul><ul><li>30,000 patients treated each year </li></ul><ul><li>Provides athletic trainers to supplement Lemak Sports Medicine physicians at 22 Birmingham area high schools </li></ul><ul><li>Performed over 1,200 pre-season physicals for high school athletes in Central Alabama at no cost to the school or athlete </li></ul>
  16. 16. Medical Education
  17. 17. ASMI <ul><li>501(c)3 Non-Profit Public Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>Education & Research in Sports Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>One of few ACGME Accredited Fellowships Remaining </li></ul>
  18. 18. ASMI’s Post-Graduate Educational Programs <ul><li>9 Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellows </li></ul><ul><li>1 Foot and Ankle Fellow </li></ul><ul><li>3 Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellows </li></ul>
  19. 19. ASMI Education Program <ul><li>Fellows </li></ul><ul><li>253 Completed/Alumni </li></ul><ul><li>13 In Progress </li></ul><ul><li>98 Observation </li></ul><ul><li>145 Elective Rotation </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>As of August 2005 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Research Initiatives <ul><li>Biomechanics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Motion Analysis (baseball throwing lab) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cadaver Testing/Wet Lab </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joint Modeling </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Injury Surveillance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clinical Outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Epidemiology (primary focus on prevention of injuries in youth sports) </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Educational Courses <ul><li>MLS Annual Meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Team Physicians Course </li></ul><ul><li>Educational Lectures (~50 Per Year) </li></ul><ul><li>AOSSM Presentations </li></ul>
  22. 22. Community Involvement <ul><li>Community Involvement/Service is a regular part of Sports Medicine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Individually, I have been a volunteer for most to all of these teams/organizations for more than 30 Years </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Civic & Corporate Leadership <ul><li>Having a successful sports medicine practice has been a wonderful thing in my life….however, I am most proud of the initiatives I have been involved with over the past twenty-five years….. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Civic & Corporate Leadership <ul><li>MAPS </li></ul><ul><li>NCSS </li></ul><ul><li>ASF </li></ul><ul><li>ASMI </li></ul><ul><li>Big Oak Ranch </li></ul><ul><li>The Lemak Group of Companies </li></ul><ul><li>Birmingham Sports Ventures </li></ul><ul><li>USF Department of Orthopedics </li></ul>
  25. 25. Key Community Initiatives <ul><li>S.M.A.R.T. Program </li></ul><ul><li>National Center for Sports Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Injury Surveillance </li></ul>
  26. 26. S.M.A.R.T.
  27. 27. SMART <ul><li>Sports Medicine Athletic Related Trauma </li></ul><ul><li>… is a comprehensive regional program for high school and youth and recreational athletes developed by Lemak Sports Medicine, Brookwood Hospital, and Champion Sports Medicine. </li></ul>
  28. 28. S.M.A.R.T. Success <ul><li>Tampa, FL (April 16, 2007) -- Larry Lemak, MD, chief executive officer of the Sports Medicine and Athletic-Related Trauma Institute (SMART) at USF Health, has been named the “2007 Sports Medicine Person of the Year” by the Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida (ATAF). Dr. Lemak received the award April 14 at the annual ATAF Clinical Symposium and Business Meeting in Orlando. </li></ul>
  29. 29. National Center for Sports Safety <ul><li>Mission: The National Center for Sports Safety (NCSS) was founded to promote the importance of injury prevention and safety in youth sports through education and research. </li></ul>
  30. 30. NCSS Curriculum <ul><ul><li>A sports safety course developed by the NCSS in conjunction with representatives from medical, sports, and emergency response fields. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It focuses on educating coaches in three key areas: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Injury Prevention, Sports Safety, and Emergency Response </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aimed at decreasing the number and/or severity of injuries and fatalities among youth athletes. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specifically designed to provide ALL coaches with a foundation in the most basic areas of sports safety education. </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. NCSS Overview <ul><ul><li>The Commitment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who is the National Center for Sports Safety (NCSS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is PREPARE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to get involved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the benefits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NCSS/ ASU statewide project </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. Justification for Community Sports Safety <ul><li>“ There is not one parent that would drop their child off at a local community pool if there were not a certified lifeguard on duty. </li></ul><ul><li>That same standard of care should be available at every sports facility in this country.” </li></ul>
  33. 33. Injury Surveillance <ul><li>The Injury Surveillance Program’s objective is to monitor injury data to provide factual statistics and severity of injuries thru analysis of the data collected. </li></ul><ul><li>This data will be utilized to further injury prevention and to create best practices for preventing injuries. </li></ul>
  34. 34. Injury Surveillance <ul><li>Pilot Program focused on 45 Schools in Central Alabama (Jefferson & Shelby Counties), with an intention to roll out into a statewide program once methodology is honed. </li></ul><ul><li>All data collected will be on behalf of AHSAA. </li></ul>
  35. 35. Injury Surveillance Team <ul><li>2 Full Time Athletic Trainers </li></ul><ul><li>25 Full Time – School Allocated Athletic Trainers/Coaches </li></ul><ul><li>Part Time Data Collection Coordinators </li></ul><ul><li>2 Full Time Outreach Coordinators </li></ul><ul><li>Annual Budget $335,000 -- </li></ul>
  36. 36. Experiences <ul><li>Though I have had to work hard to be successful in our practice, I have been able to share some wonderful experiences via sports with my family! </li></ul>
  37. 37. Conclusion <ul><li>Though I have had to work very hard to be a Sports Medicine Surgeon, it has allowed me to make lifelong friends. </li></ul>
  38. 38. Conclusion <ul><li>And really, it has also allowed me to spend some good time with my wife, and our best friends….our three dogs, three sons, and five grand children! </li></ul>
  39. 39. Conclusion <ul><li>And it has also allowed me to spend some wonderful time in one of my favorite places….Rosemary Beach </li></ul> 

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