Excellence in our field, so you can excel on yours

Dr. Christopher Kaeding
Executive Director, Ohio State Sports Medicine


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The Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute will provide new, expanded space for innovation and discovery in helping people improve their athletic performance, recover from injury and prevent future injuries, explains Dr. Christopher Kaeding.


For patients between the ages of 42 and 60, sports-related injuries are the second most common reason for injury-related physician office visits.

More than 1.9 million individuals experienced a sports-related injury that was treated in emergency departments in 2012, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. At Ohio State, sports visits have grown nearly 240 percent in the past decade.

The need for sports medicine has never been greater.

What exactly is ‘sports medicine’?

Any kind of injury incurred during, or as a result of, sports or exercise falls within the category of sports injury. The first that may come to mind are those arising from accidents – typically those involving the musculoskeletal system, including muscles, bones and related tissues. Nonetheless, many are a direct result of improper training, equipment and/or conditioning, warm-up and stretching. Sports medicine specialists treat all of these scenarios.

There is a growing need for their expertise, as more people are integrating the philosophy of “exercise as medicine” into their lives, lending to an increase in injuries at all age levels. The fields of play are changing as well, with artificial turf playing surfaces and “extreme sports” resulting in new types of sports injuries.

Ohio State is poised to meet the changing face of sports medicine.

Our medical staff comprises both sports medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons and extends to a range of health professionals including nurses, athletic trainers, physical therapists, exercise physiologists, nutritionists, researchers, sports performance specialists and sport psychologists. Our model is differentiated from others because of our multidisciplinary approach, partnership with Ohio State's athletic department and sub-specialists in areas such as performing arts and endurance medicine.

Surgeons and researchers are looking into minimally invasive techniques and the role of growth factors, such as stem cells, to supplant some surgical techniques. Ohio State is a leader in this area, as we were the first in the United States to implant a plastic meniscal device to help patients with persistent knee pain due to injured or deteriorating meniscus cartilage and the first in Ohio to use a tissue implant made from a patient’s own cells to treat knee cartilage damage. Further, we introduced a new surgical technique that makes Achilles tendon repairs stronger and more reliable.

A therapist measures the amount of knee flexion to evaluate a patient's mobility and quality of movement. The data helps determine the implications of poor (or good) motion on one's daily or sport activity.

The field is advancing in general, as basic science studies are translated to clinical care. There are new nontraditional interventions changing the delivery of care for ACL patients. The development of methods to score biomechanical “red flags” in athletes that place them at high risk is now at the heart of injury prevention. Armed with ample motivation, strength and work ethic, high-performance athletes are recovering quicker from injuries than ever before.

A bright future for our field

Championed by a gift from the Crane family, the Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute will be a state-of-the-art complex integrating research, teaching, clinical care and performance training under one roof.

We view it as much more than a gift to the patients and supporters of Ohio State sports; it is a gift to all who pursue and value physical activity .

The facility, anticipated to open autumn 2016 at the corner of Ackerman Road and Fred Taylor Drive, will serve as a hub for National Institutes of Health and industry-funded sports medicine research, as well as a training center for medical and health sciences students.

More than 100 clinicians, researchers and educators from a broad range of disciplines will collaborate to deliver personalized care through:

  • Research: We will study neuromuscular training for improving movement and technique for people with a high risk of injury. Utilizing in vivo data with simulation software, we will discover how people are loading their joints and straining their ligaments to ascertain how interventions can effectively reduce risk of injury and disease. The facility will house a material testing lab as well as a computer-modeling program. Coupled with these resources will be the infrastructure and personnel to support clinical trials and outcome studies.
  • Clinical care: The flexible clinic space includes 30 exam rooms, where more than 30,000 annual patients will be cared for by our subspecialty teams in areas such as performing arts, endurance medicine, hip preservation, cartilage restoration, golf performance, upper extremity athlete, ACL injury and prevention.

The Titleist Performance Institute Certified Professionals guide patients through the key movement patterns of a golf swing to assess proper sequencing and swing efficiency. This is just one example of a pre-round exercise that helps golfers prepare appropriately.

The ambulatory center will have six surgical suites and 19 rooms for pre- and post-surgical care for more than 3,000 procedures annually. Having surgical and imaging services (MRI and two digital X-ray systems) under the same roof will result in greater efficiency and improved patient experience.

Ohio State has more board certified clinical specialists in sports and/or orthopedic physical therapy than any other health system in the region and is among the leaders nationally. Here, these specialists will directly prevent, treat and rehabilitate sports injuries for more than 100,000 patients annually.

  • Education: The institute will be the hub for a wide spectrum of education programs — from programs for the lay population of patients, parents and coaches to formal academic curriculum for learners across the university.

We are proud of our Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Fellowships; we were the first in the country to offer a credentialed Upper Extremity Athlete Physical Therapy Fellowship and Performing Arts Medicine Physical Therapy Fellowship. Our new surgical skills lab will provide surgeons-in-training, as well as established surgeons, the opportunity to perfect their skills and practice minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures in an innovative, spacious environment.

If you participate in a physical activity that you truly love, you are certain to appreciate that all of these pieces were designed to meet our mission of improving people’s lives by enhancing physical activity across the life span. 


About the author

Dr. Christopher Kaeding
Dr. Christopher Kaeding - christopher.kaeding@osumc.edu
Executive Director, Ohio State Sports Medicine

Dr. Christopher Kaeding is the Judson Wilson Professor of Orthopaedics at The Ohio State University, where he is executive director of Sports Medicine, the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship director and head team physician for the Department of Athletics. He oversees a multidisciplinary program that combines the clinical care of athletes and active people with research and educational programs designed to advance the field of sports medicine.

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