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Sports Medicine & Arthroscopic Surgery Department

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At UOA, you will receive the most comprehensive treatment for all sports related injuries and conditions.

Patients benefit from a team approach with the UOA sports medicine department. From on-site diagnostics, treatment, physical therapy and rehabilitation to sports performance management, we ensure you are back on the field healthy, and when possible, at pre-performance status or better.

Your care begins with UOA’s award-winning certified sports medicine physicians. The Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine is for board certified orthopaedic surgeons who have demonstrated qualifications in sports medicine beyond those expected of other orthopaedic surgeons by virtue of additional training, a practice characterized by a majority of cases in sports medicine, and contributions to this field. Our sports medicine physicians are proud to treat Rutgers University, Princeton University, Rider University, USRowing team and various local high schools.

Our qualified physicians offer a complete variety of non-surgical solutions, and when surgery is called for, they specialize in cutting-edge minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures.

Our practice views the athlete’s whole career. We call it our Continuum of Care.

Our on-site rehabilitation team is your first stop. We stress our physical therapy programs, and provide expert rehabilitation in such programs as Bridge the Gap, to assist you in that important period of healing both quickly and efficiently following treatment. We then take it a step further, offering injury prevention and performance classes with training specialists. This provides you with an important education that benefits you for life.

Our experience speaks for itself. Our physicians care for athletes and active people of all ages and levels—from adolescents to adults, high school, college and professional athletes. We have involvement at the highest level as team orthopedic physicians for Rutgers University, Rider University, Princeton University and USRowing.

Topics In Sports Medicine

Below are just some of our many articles with insights into the most prevalent and contemporary issues in Sports Medicine. At UOA, we pride ourselves on being on the cutting-edge of treatment, as well as providing useful consumer education.

  • The Runner’s Guide to Chondromalacia

    The Runner’s Guide to Chondromalacia

    Knee pain is a common complaint for athletes who participate in repetitive-impact sports like running. It is easy to understand when you consider the remarkable forces the knee absorbs through walking, let alone the addition of increased loads present with running. Pain in the front of the knee for this athletic population can be debilitating

  • Femoroacatabular Impingement (FAI): What you need to know by Patrick S. Buckley, MD

    Femoroacatabular Impingement (FAI): What you need to know by Patrick S. Buckley, MD

    Femoroacatabular impingement, also known as FAI, is a common cause of hip pain in young adults. On a basic level, the hip is a ball and socket joint. FAI is a condition that develops when there is asymmetry between the ball and socket and the ball contacts the socket in an abnormal way during normal

  • We now participate with Horizon!

    We now participate with Horizon!

    We are excited to announce that we now participate with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (BCBSNJ). This move is just one more way we can help patients in central New Jersey meet their orthopaedic goals. For more information, contact us today!

  • You’ve Torn Your ACL. What’s Next?

    You’ve Torn Your ACL. What’s Next?

    “You have a torn ACL”- These are the dreaded words an athlete never wants to hear. Unfortunately, Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries do happen with some frequency in sports.

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Caring for youth and adolescent athletes requires a specialized approach that takes their growing bodies into consideration.

At UOA, our team of certified sports medicine specialists understands how to treat acute and complex pediatric sports medicine conditions and injuries. When creating a treatment plan, our physicians keep your child’s health, safety and long-term athletic goals in mind.

The Continuum of Care

Our team of physicians and trainers are experts at supporting athletes through all stages of athletic training, not just when an injury occurs. We have created a comprehensive sports medicine department that takes athletes through a continuum of care, which includes:

Each physician at UOA is trained in a subspecialty including sports medicine, hand and upper extremity, foot and ankle, and spine. Our physicians and clinicians work together to create a customized treatment plan to get your child back to activities as quickly and safely as possible.

A Lifetime of Care

At UOA, we understand that for serious athletes, playing a sport is not just a game, it’s a way of life. For over 40 years, we have been caring for athletes participating in youth, high school, collegiate, professional, and Olympic level sports. Many great athletes begin their careers as youth players, and we have made it our job to help them maximize their potential by keeping them strong, healthy and in the game.

Common conditions and injuries treated at UOA include:

An Overview of Femoroacetabular Impingement and How to Treat it - Patrick S. Buckley, MD

The Adolescent Overhead Throwing Athlete - Patrick S. Buckley, MD

Dr. Buckley - ACL Injuries in Female Athletes

Dr. Monica - Staying Injury Free During Baseball Season

Timothy M. Hosea Memorial Lecture presented by Donald Kessler - Running FASTER

Evaluation and Management the Lateral Ankle Sprain - Jeffrey R. Bechler, MD

Management of Stress Fractures of the Lower Leg - Charles J. Gatt, Jr., MD

Evaluation and Management of Mid Foot Injuries - Mark S. Butler, MD

Evaluating Shin Pain - Eric Nussbaum, Med, ATC, LAT

Tendon Injuries Around the Ankle - Kenneth G. Swan, MD

Reduction of Shoulder Dislocation - Dr. Swan

Lower Extremity Compartment Syndrome - Carlos A. Sagebien, MD

Evaluation and Management of Syndesmotic Ankle Sprains - Kenneth G. Swan, MD

Evaluation and Management of Metatarsal and Forefoot Injuries - Charles J. Gatt, Jr., MD

Watch our latest commercial with Dr. Gatt, which aired during a Rider University Basketball Game.

Watch our interview with Joe Klecko, former NY Jets All-Star!

Watch Dr. Gatt at the 3rd Annual ATSNJ Sports Safety Summit

Dr. Swan - Evidence Based Management of Meniscal Tears

Anatomy and Epidemiology of ACL Injury

Dr. Swan- ACL Re-Injury

ACL Treatment Options

What is the Future of ACL Reconstruction?

ACL Prevention: Before and After

Evidence Based Management of Acute Achilles Tendon Ruptures

ACL Rehabilitation: Jessica Spivey

Adolescent Overuse Injuries

Evaluation of Hip and Pelvis Pain in the Athlete

Wrist Arthroscopy

Treating Hockey Injuries

Shoulder Anatomy - Dr. Gatt

Anterior Shoulder Instability - Dr. Gatt

Dr. Gatt and UOA Athletic Trainer Eric Nussbaum give an educational presentation on Adolescent Stress Fractures

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Related News & Blogs

  • Dr. Buckley a Finalist at ISAKOS

    Please join University Orthopaedic Associates in congratulating sports medicine surgeon, Dr. Patrick Buckley, for his top finish at the 12th Biennial International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) Congress. Dr. Buckley was one of four finalists for the John J. Joyce Award for best elbow, wrist, or hand abstract read at

  • UOA Hosts Knee Injury Event for Audience of Experts

    UOA Hosts Knee Injury Event for Audience of Experts

    University Orthopaedic Associates (UOA) hosted an educational event and live webinar for medical professionals on June 1 at its Somerset headquarters. Co-sponsored by Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the event was titled “Management of Knee Injuries: an Evidence-based Update .”  The half-day event covered the most up to date, evidence-based practices based on existing

  • UOA Participates In ACL Reconstruction Study

    UOA Participates In ACL Reconstruction Study

    University Orthopaedic Associates is proud to have contributed to the Multi-center ACL Revision Study (MARS). This recently concluded study sought to answer an important question: Why do anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction revisions fare so much worse than first-time reconstructions? The study—led by Rick Wright, MD, of Washington University in St. Louis—involved 52 academic and

  • The Runner’s Guide to Chondromalacia

    The Runner’s Guide to Chondromalacia

    Knee pain is a common complaint for athletes who participate in repetitive-impact sports like running. It is easy to understand when you consider the remarkable forces the knee absorbs through walking, let alone the addition of increased loads present with running. Pain in the front of the knee for this athletic population can be debilitating

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Sports Medicine Physicians

Sports Medicine Physician - Dr. Bechler
Jeffrey R. Bechler, MD
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Sports Medicine Physician - Dr. Buckley
Patrick S. Buckley, MD
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Sports Medicine Physician - Dr. Swan
Kenneth G. Swan, Jr., MD
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Cristobal Beiro, MD
Cris Beiro, MD
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Sports Medicine Physician - Dr. Gatt
Charles J. Gatt, Jr., MD
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