Sports Medicine and Athletic Performance

If you’re a competitive athlete or just trying to keep your body moving, our team at Cayuga Medical Center Sports Medicine is here to treat, rehabilitate, and prevent sports-related injuries. Our Sports Medicine team is expertly trained in musculoskeletal and medical sports conditions and they understand what drives athletes. We will help you recover from injury as quickly and safely as possible and get back in the game!

Our services include (but are not limited to) assessment and treatment of:

  • Acute injuries (strains, sprains, joint pain)
  • Overuse injuries (tendonitis, stress fractures)
  • Back pain in young athletes
  • Shortness of breath and fatigue with exercise
  • Athletic skin disorders
  • Athletes with illness (mononucleosis, asthma, and diabetes)
  • Sports Concussion (treatment and management)
  • Osteoarthritis in our multidisciplinary clinic

Conservative musculoskeletal care

  • Ultrasound Guided injections
  • Viscosupplementation for osteoarthritis
  • Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Continuous Laryngoscopy with Exercise

Getting back her winning edge

As a competitive swimmer who is in the pool for 15 hours each week, Elise Nishii-Kim is used to pushing her body. But, during an intense practice in the summer of 2016, with her heart pounding 180 beats a minute, she suddenly had trouble breathing.

Staying in the Game

Caelia Thomas, captain of the girls’ varsity soccer team at Ithaca High School, got back her kick with help from sports medicine specialists and physical therapists at the Cayuga Wellness Center.

Born to Run!

Lithesome and blue-eyed with a ponytail that swings wildly as she runs, Lizzy Jewiss is a driven young athlete. In seventh grade she decided to take up running to stay in shape for soccer.

A health care network for safer sports

A partnership between Cayuga Medical Center’s Sports Medicine and Athletic Performance program and high school, community, and collegiate sports teams provides their athletes with an extra margin of safety. Certified athletic trainers specializing in athletic health care work closely with physicians and therapists to prevent injuries at practices and games at seven high schools, club […]

Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of hip impingement

Dr. Seemant from Sports Medicine & Athletic Performance at the Cayuga Wellness Center explains the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of hip impingement.

A Healthy Collaboration

The Cayuga Wellness Center was the product of a collaboration between Cayuga Medical Center and a pair of local developers, Tim and Terry Ciaschi. Hospital administrators were already exploring ways to improve the overall health and well-being of community residents when the Ciaschis approached Cayuga Medical Center with their concept of creating a medically based […]

Community Lecture Series

Check back for upcoming 2022 dates!

Professional Lecture Series

2nd Tuesday of each month, 7:00am-8:00am via zoom
Please RSVP to for zoom link and handout material.

Sept 15 – Low Back Pain in High School and College Athletes – Thinking Beyond Mechanical Low Back Pain
Andrew Getzin, MD
Sports Medicine Physician, Cayuga Medical Center

Oct 13 – Sports Cardiology
Brian Marino, DO
Cardiologist, Cayuga Heart Institute

Nov 10 – Sports Concussion 2023 – Updates from a Physician’s Perspective
Monika Radloff, MD
Sports Medicine Physician, Cayuga Medical Center

Dec 8 – Concussions: Symptoms and Management from the Physical Therapy Perspective
Kristina Buhagiar, PT, DPT, OCS
Physical Therapy, Cayuga Medical Center

Jan 12 – Impact on the Allergy Response in the Athlete
Mariah Pieretti, MD
Asthma/Allergy physician, Asthma and Allergy Associates

Feb 9  – The Expanding Indications for Shoulder Arthroplasty and the Athlete
Ben Donohue, MD
Orthopedist, Cayuga Medical Associates

Mar 9 – Nerve Conduction Studies
Melissa Thibault, MD
PM&R Physician, Physiatry & Rehabilitation Medicine, PC

Apr 13 – Veterinarian Sports Medicine Applications to Human Sports Medicine 
Chris Frye, DVM, DACVSMR
Cornell University

May 11 – Pelvic Health for the Athletic Population
Matt Byers, PT, DPT
Physical Therapy, Cayuga Medical Center

Jun 8 – Prolotherapy
Fnu Seemant, MD
Sports Medicine Physician, Cayuga Medical Center

About Cayuga Medical Center

We are a not-for-profit, acute-care medical center bringing state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to the residents of Tompkins, Cortland, Seneca, and Tioga counties. And a century after our founding, we remain intrinsically tied to those we serve: our corporate membership includes representatives from over 100 community organizations. At Cayuga Medical Center, we believe that hospitals are shaped by the people they serve


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