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Our Research

The Orthopedic & Sports Health Research Division of MedStar Sports Medicine is a newly formed collaborative effort of MedStar Sports Medicine and the MedStar Health Research Institute. Our purpose is to enhance patient outcomes and improve sports safety by performing innovative research in orthopedics and sports medicine.

Collectively, we develop and submit research protocols in the areas of orthopedics and sports medicine. Our highly trained professional staff conducts clinical research in the areas of injury prevention and control, injury epidemiology, biomechanics, rehabilitation and kinesiology for the purpose of improving physical performance, reducing the risk of injury in sports/exercise, clinical drug trials and sports equipment evaluation.

Published research efforts: Orthopedic & Sports Health Research

Which Youth Sports Cause the Most Concussions?

The purpose of this study is to examine the incidence and relative risk of concussion in 12 high school boys' and girls' sports between academic years 1997-1998 and 2007-2008.

Is Baseball Safe for Your Child?

With nearly five million participants aged 5 to 14 and a half million players at the scholastic level, baseball is among the most popular youth sports in the United States.

Preventing Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Lacrosse Players

Lacrosse, having a large player population at the high school level, is among the fastest growing team sports in the United States. The prevention of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) is recognized by US Lacrosse, the sport's governing body, as a priority issue. 

Protective Eyewear in Women’s Lacrosse: Does It Work?

In May 2003, the US Lacrosse Women's Division Board of Governors voted to amend the rules of women's lacrosse to highly recommend the use of protective eyewear meeting current ASTM lacrosse standards for 2004 and to mandate its use at the youth, scholastic and collegiate levels beginning in 2005. 

Male vs. Female Lacrosse Players: Who has More Head, Face and Eye Injuries?

Until recently, there were little prospectively gathered injury surveillance data for scholastic-age lacrosse. The few epidemiologic studies in the literature were limited by low response rates, nonstandardized injury definitions, and insufficient exposure assessments.

How Common is the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in the NFL?

The overall objective of this study is to determine the prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors among active National Football League (NFL) players.

How Common is the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Retired NFL Players?

The overall objective of this study is to provide screening for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and determine the prevalence of CVD risk factors among retired National Football League (NFL) players.

Are Lacrosse Players at Risk for Severe Injuries?

There is growing concern in the lacrosse community about the frequency and severity of injuries in lacrosse players. This study will be the first to use insurance claims data to characterize severe injuries among lacrosse players. 

Are Injury Rates in High School Athletes Increasing?

This study will explore changes in the incidence of collegiate and high school sports-related concussion over the period 1998-2007.

Contact the Research Department

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us:

Sports Medicine Research Center
MedStar Union Memorial Hospital
201 E. University Pkwy
Bauernschmidt 764
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: 410-261-8217
Fax: 410-261-8181
e-Mail: [email protected]