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Top Sports Medicine Care Wherever You Are

A 10-year-old soccer player who sprained her ankle playing soccer in her backyard. A 60-year-old mountain biker who injured his knee trail riding on Saturday morning. A mom of teens who injured her shoulder lifting a grocery bag off the floor. And the Los Angeles Chargers. Each has one thing in common – they are all benefiting from care by Hoag Orthopedic Institute (HOI) and the Hoag | HOI Sports Medicine program.

For more than 25 years, Hoag and Hoag Orthopedic Institute (HOI) doctors have been providing the highest quality, fellowship-trained sports medicine services available in Orange County. HOI’s surgeons, doctors, athletic trainers and physical therapists form a powerful team that specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating injuries related to sports and physical activities for all ages. Doctors and physical therapists, including HOI’s partner ProSport Physical Therapy & Performance, now offer appointment options in-person or via telehealth and urge community members not to delay care.

“The misconception is that sports medicine doctors only treat athletes,” shared Gabriel Carpio-Bracho, M.D., sports medicine physician at Hoag Health Center Foothill Ranch. “In reality, we treat patients who may have fallen on their tile floor and anyone who has experienced pain from physical activities, no matter what age or activity.”

Hoag and HOI doctors’ commitment to collaborative partnerships is why athletes and patients alike, including professional sports teams like the Los Angeles Chargers and OC Soccer Club, choose Hoag for their sports medicine needs.

“Athletes playing impact sports undergo a lot of stress on their bodies, and they need the help of these experts plus dietitians and coaches to get back to their sport in a very efficient manner,” explained David Gazzaniga, M.D., the Los Angeles Chargers’ head team doctor and one of four Hoag and HOI-affiliated sports medicine doctors for the NFL team.

Many other Hoag and HOI doctors support Orange County high school teams alongside their athletic trainer programs.

“10 years ago, Dr. Shepard fixed my second ACL tear,” said national Women’s Soccer League player Megan Crosson, who was a high school athlete at the time. “I heard many doubts about playing in college but thanks to him and after two years of physical therapy, I’m still playing 10 years later.” Dr. Michael Shepard is one of HOI’s sports medicine surgeons and team doctor for local colleges, high schools and USA Volleyball.

Recently, Hoag introduced a new location in Newport Coast which features Eugene Yim, M.D., team physician for the LA Chargers as well as the U.S. Men's and Women's National Volleyball teams. “I enjoy taking care of both elite athletes and the aspiring active patient,” shares Dr. Yim, who specializes in non-operative management of sports and orthopedic injuries. “In my eyes, everyone can be an athlete.”

“As Hoag and HOI reach more communities throughout Southern California, our first priority remains helping each patient achieve their goal and get back to their daily activities,” HOI CEO Jennifer Mitzner said.

To find a sports medicine doctor, visit the Hoag website at hoag.org or the HOI website at https://www.hoagorthopedicinstitute.com/.