Community Service Projects
Our Center for Bone Health conducts dozens of seminars each year on osteoporosis and arthritis. We also attend multiple health fairs, offering on-the-spot bone density screening, and support the U.S. Bone and Joint Decade’s “Fit to a T” Program, which helps to educate people about their T-score (a measure of bone density).
Studies show that female athletes are two to eight times more likely to sustain an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee injury than male athletes. With financial support from Greater Rochester Health Foundation and Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, University Sports Medicine has conducted a series of workshops for girls’ sports teams in many local high schools to help them avoid these injuries. They are tracking the results to add to research about this health problem of increasing concern.
Our Center for Bone Health supports a number of educational programs developed by the US Bone and Joint Decade. These programs are aimed at improving the knowledge of the public and professionals about musculoskeletal disorders.
Rochester has a documented problem with lead because of its many older homes. The Center for Bone Health has partnered with local lead advocacy groups to help control the effects of this environmental toxin. Researchers at the Center are working on a theory that exposure to lead interferes with bone formation and increases the risk of osteoporosis later in life.
University Sports Medicine operates a trainer outreach program in many area high schools (Pittsford, Fairport, Greece, Penfield and several others). For a nominally priced contract, the trainers go into the schools a few times per week to evaluate injuries sustained by members of sports teams. They also teach them when to seek medical treatment, when they can play or not play, and how to avoid worsening an injury. University Sports Medicine also covers games to render first aid when needed. And, USM physicians are team physicians for most of the local colleges.