Sports Medicine & Arthroscopic Surgery Department

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 Bride 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.

  • Opioid Use and Misuse Educational Fact Sheet

    Opioid Use and Misuse Educational Fact Sheet

    School athletics can serve an integral role in students’ development. In addition to providing healthy forms of exercise, school athletics foster friendships and camaraderie, promote sportsmanship and fair play, and instill the value of competition. Unfortunately, sports activities may also lead to injury, and in rare cases, result in pain that is severe or long-lasting

  • Tips on Softball Injury Prevention

    Tips on Softball Injury Prevention

    Softball participation has grown to about 400,000 players per year, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. With increased participation, youth sports injuries are on the rise.

  • 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:

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

  • Sports Medicine Seminar: Lumbar Spine Injuries

    Sports Medicine Seminar: Lumbar Spine Injuries

    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

  • Dr. James Monica to Speak at CCMC Lecture

    Dr. James Monica to Speak at CCMC Lecture

    Dr. James Monica will be speaking at the Commission for Case Manager Certification lecture hosted by the Consolidated Services Group, CSG/CHN. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017 in Hamilton, NJ! Orthopedic specialist, Dr. Monica, will be speaking about reverse total shoulder arthroplasty procedures.

  • Dr. Hardwood to Speak at Liberty Science Center

    Dr. Hardwood to Speak at Liberty Science Center

    Dr. David A. Hardwood will be speaking at the Liberty Science Center on November 30, 2017! Dr. Hardwood is board certified in orthopaedic surgery with an ongoing interest in clinical trials for patients with degenerative knee diseases. This free seminar will provide information on the latest robotic-assisted technology for partial knee surgery. If you are

  • Sports Medicine Seminar: Functional Foot Orthotics

    Sports Medicine Seminar: Functional Foot Orthotics

    Wednesday, November 29th 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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  • Dr. Charles J Gatt, Jr. to Receive 2018 Excellence in Research Award

    Dr. Charles J Gatt, Jr. to Receive 2018 Excellence in Research Award

    Dr. Charles J. Gatt, Jr., MD, Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Jay M. Patel, PhD, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and their team have been recognized by the American Academy Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and will receive the 2018 Excellence in Research Award at their Annual meeting in July 2018 for their work on tissue engineering and meniscal replacements. 

  • Nutrition for Athletic Performance

    Nutrition for Athletic Performance

    It has long been acknowledged among athletes and the active community that sports nutrition is a vital component of their activity. However, particularly because so many of those we work with are athletes and active people, it is important to understand the most scientifically based aspects of what to eat and drink and why. Nutrition

  • UOA’s Third Annual Evidence-Based Update

    UOA’s Third Annual Evidence-Based Update

    Yesterday UOA hosted its third annual evidence-based update event. This year’s topic was “Lower Leg, Ankle and Foot Injuries: An Evidence-Based Update”.

  • Football Injury Update – Episode 40: Le’Veon Bell

    Football Injury Update – Episode 40: Le’Veon Bell

    It seemed as though the Pittsburgh Steelers would be able to give the unstoppable Patriots a run for their money in the AFC championship last Sunday.

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Sports Medicine Physicians

Jeffrey R. Bechler, MD
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Kenneth G. Swan, Jr., MD
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