Sports Medicine

Lindsay was pivoting on the soccer field when she got hit by the ball. A head shot. Her coach pulled her out the game and she felt a bit woozy. What next? That's when mom called Premier orthopaedics. Lindsay had an appointment the next day. Mom knew that Premier had leading sports medicine specialists. Doctors who wrote the book on concussion care.

When Lindsay came in, it turned out that she had both a concussion as well as a knee injury. But mom knew that everything would be addressed and her daughter would was in the best of care. Lindsay got to see a world class sports medicine doctor that not only helped her with her concussion but also set her up with habits to prevent future concussions.

When if came to her knee, her doctor, it turns out, was a team doctor for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the past. Both mom and Lindsay knew that she had a bad knee injury. Every time she would try to cut or pivot, her knee would give out. Eventually she winded up getting knee surgery and she was back on the field and went on to make the varsity team.  

Premier Orthopaedic Associates treats all Sports Medicine Injuries ranging from complicated fractures to common sprains and strains. Our physicians are fellowship trained and board certified in Sports Medicine which gives you the best chance of recovering from your injury and returning to the game. There are a number of different common injuries that athletes suffer from as the result of sports injuries.

Common Sports Medicine Injuries treated at Premier Orthopaedic Associates : 

Cartilage Injuries 
Muscle Sprains & Strains 
Little League Elbow 
Muscle or Tendon Ruptures 
Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epocondylitis) 
Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis) 
Bone Spurs 
Runner’s Knee (Chondromalacia Patella)

Premier Orthopaedic Associates Physicians and Surgeons are trained to diagnose, treat and repair all levels of sports injuries. Our Physicians are Board Certified, Fellowship Trained in Sports Medicine and other specialties that allow you the best chance of a quick recovery and return to the playing field.

At Premier we can help you to evaluate all levels of sports injuries.

Sports Injuries can vary in severity. Sometimes a sprained ankle or pulled muscle can be treated with more conservative treatment. Distinguishing a pulled muscle from cartilage tears or subtle fractures is important. This distinction can impact your performance on the playing field. At Premier our board certified and fellowship trained sports medicine experts can help determine your best course of treatment and get you on the road to recovery.

Athletes are particularly at risk for an "overuse injury." This type of injury takes place overtime, as compared to a fall or collision.

Overuse injuries can be somewhat harder to diagnose because of the effects are more subtle and can occur over an extended period of time. With an overuse injury, muscles, tendons and wear on soft tissue can occur overtime. Common examples of these injuries are tennis elbow, shin splints, swimmer’s elbow and tendinitis. At Premier, we take exceptional care in handling these common and subtle ailments.

How do you know if you are experiencing an overuse injury?

Can’t put weight on body part, such as the ankle or wrist. 
Favor one side of the body over the other; begin limping. 
Have pain when using a body part. Can’t sleep because of the injury. 
Experience severe joint or muscle stiffness. 
Have irritated skin and/or blisters.

When surgery is a consideration, we have a team of dedicated surgical specialists that specialize is minimally invasive as complex reconstructive surgery for those who may have had surgery in the past. And, at Premier, you have the confidence that only your doctor is doing your surgery. All in the convenience of your own backyard.

Sports Medicine Specialists 

Thomas A. Dwyer MD, FAAOS
Thomas A. Dwyer


Richard C. DiVerniero MD, FAAOS
Richard C. DiVerniero


Fred McAlpin, III DO, FAAOS
Fred McAlpin, III


John B. Catalano MD, FAAOS
John B. Catalano


Vincent N. Disabella DO, FAOASM
Vincent N. Disabella


Mark Ayzenberg MD
Mark Ayzenberg


Trina M. Lisko DO, FAAPMR
Trina M. Lisko


Robert P. Falconiero DO, FAOAO
Robert P. Falconiero