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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-injury 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.

  • Adolescent Shin Pain: Causes and Treatments

    Adolescent Shin Pain: Causes and Treatments

    It is estimated that over 30 million adolescents participate in sporting activities each year. Participation in organized high school sports often increases the intensity and frequency of both training and competition, which can lead to injury. Over half of the injuries reported by adolescent athletes are overuse injuries. Adolescence is also a time of rapid

  • Evaluating Shin Pain

    Evaluating Shin Pain

    Appropriate evaluation and diagnostic imaging is important to determine the cause and extent of injury for individuals experiencing chronic shin pain. Appropriate clinical assessment begins with a thorough patient history that includes an assessment of: Pain Symptoms Function Training history Prior history of bone stress injury The clinician should conduct a thorough clinical examination which

  • Making Sense of Shin Pain

    Making Sense of Shin Pain

    Many collegiate athletes, high school athletes and recreational runners have experienced shin pain during their athletic career. Whether this was after a challenging training session, following a hard race or during a significant hill work out, it is important to identify the source and extent of your shin pain. For many years, shin pain associated

  • 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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  • Contact Our Sports Medicine Department

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    Call our office to make an appointment or fill out our appointment request form.

    Somerset: 732-537-0909
    Mercer: 609-683-7800
    Monmouth: 732-938-6090
    Morganville: 732-387-5750
    Woodbridge: 732-283-2663
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Related Services

Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation
Bridge the Gap
Sports Performance & Wellness

Athletic Team Affiliations

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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

  • Playing Through the Pain: Overuse Injuries in Pediatric Sports

    Playing Through the Pain: Overuse Injuries in Pediatric Sports

    Pediatric overuse injuries, as opposed to acute injuries, result from the repetitive application of force over a period of time. These injuries are notably…

  • Protec Hockey Ponds Partners with Prominent Local Orthopaedics Practice

    Protec Hockey Ponds Partners with Prominent Local Orthopaedics Practice

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Joe Bucchino General Manager Protec Hockey Ponds 15 Worlds Fair Drive Somerset, NJ Protec Hockey Ponds Partners with Prominent Local Orthopaedics Practice University Orthopaedic Associates (UOA) will help keep our young athletes healthy SOMERSET, NJ, January 31, 2020—Protec Ponds, home of the nationally-ranked Protec Ducks youth hockey teams, is proud to announce

  • UOA Sports Medicine Expert Invited to Educate Other Providers

    UOA Sports Medicine Expert Invited to Educate Other Providers

    UOA clinicians are acknowledged experts in their fields. That’s why Dr. Patrick Buckley was invited to present to an audience of physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and other medical providers at Hackensack Meridian’s 2nd Annual Orthopaedic Symposium. The symposium took place on December 10, 2019 at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, NJ. Dr. Buckley spoke

  • UOA Doctors Give Sports Medicine Lecture

    UOA Doctors Give Sports Medicine Lecture

    University Orthopaedic Associates (UOA) is renowned for having some of the top sports medicine clinicians of the region. When professionals need expert-level education, they frequently turn to UOA. Such was the case on August 15, when a group of physical therapists gathered to learn from University Orthopaedic Associates doctors Patrick Buckley, Christopher Doumas and Kenneth

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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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