Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute is the sports medicine provider for professional sports teams, collegiate and high school programs and major sporting events. The Institute’s fellows, APPs and athletic trainers assist in game coverage and are dedicated to keeping these athletes healthy. The Institute’s physicians are the team physicians for most professional sports teams in South Florida:
Miami Open & Orange Bowl
John Zvijac, M.D., is a former team physician for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and current consultant for the Tennessee Titans. He also serves as medical director for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Derek Papp, M.D., is a consultant for the Baltimore Orioles Major League Baseball team.
In addition to the aforementioned, Institute physicians also provide sports medicine services to the following collegiate, high school programs and major sporting events:
- Barry University Athletics (Bobcats)
- Escape to Miami Triathlon
- Gulfstream Park
- Gulliver High School
- Lourdes Academy
- St. Thomas University Athletics (Buccaneers) among others.
Youth Athletic Outreach Program
Service to South Florida’s high school athletic community is a foundation of Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute.
The program provides nearly 6,000 free pre-participation physicals annually, covering many student athletes in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools system as well as a number of private-school athletes and Pop Warner football participants. These examinations, a prerequisite for taking part in high school athletics, ensure the overall health of students and help detect conditions that may predispose them to injury or illness.
The Institute’s physicians, fellows, physician assistants and athletic trainers volunteer for duty at every high school football game to treat injuries on the field.
The Institute’s sports medicine physicians use advanced surgical techniques to treat the full spectrum of soft tissue and bone injuries of the shoulder, elbow, knee and hip –– whether those injuries occur on the athletic field, in the workplace or at home. More conservative, nonsurgical therapies are used to treat acute injuries such as sprains, muscle strains, torn ligaments or tendons, chronic muscle pain and arthritis. After surgery or other treatment, continuing care from on-site physical therapists and athletic trainers helps return patients to a pain-free lifestyle.
Primary Care Sports Medicine
While the Institute is noted for surgical excellence, the fact is that most orthopedic conditions and injuries do not require surgical intervention. Injuries such as sprains, muscle tears, torn ligaments or tendons, foot or hand fractures, chronic joint or muscle pain and arthritis are usually best treated in a primary care setting.
The Institute’s primary care sports medicine physicians evaluate and diagnose acute, chronic and overuse injuries and develop individualized treatment plans utilizing conservative methods.