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A world of medical skills

Daily file photo/Preston UtleySoccer players should take special care to wear shinguards and stretch, which will help them avoid injuries to their knees, ankles and hips, according to the Steadman Hawkins Clinic's Dr. Bill Sterett.

VAIL ” The World Cup is in our planetary rearview mirror, and the doctors who keep the athletes on the pitch and playing are exchanging techniques and new treatment options with the best orthopedic surgeons in the world.

The Steadman Hawkins Clinic just hosted the North American/Latin American Sports Medicine Traveling Fellowship, a collection of some of the best doctors from Argentina, Brazil and Chile. The fellowship is part of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Traveling Fellowship Program.

“The inaugural tour to North America will help to strengthen our relationships with our Latin American counterparts, just as the program has strengthened our ties to orthopedic sports medicine surgeons in Europe and the Pacific Rim for over 20 years. Having internationally renowned hosts like Drs. Richard Steadman and Bill Sterett of the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail provide the traveling fellows with the experience of a lifetime,” said retired Col. Dean C. Taylor, M.C. Taylor is chair of the Traveling Fellowship committee.

Several of the doctors present, including Drs. Richard Steadman, Bill Sterett, Marc Philippon and Peter Millett of the Steadman Hawkins Clinic, treat the best soccer players and athletes in the world. Dr. Steadman is well known for treating elite athletes. The clinic prides itself on treating patients from all walks of life.

Twenty percent of Dr. Steadman’s patients are from abroad, and 30 percent of those patients are from Latin America.

“The benefits of this type of traveling fellowship have long-term ramifications for treating all manner of orthopedic injury or condition, not just for elite athletes, but for weekend warriors as well,” Sterett said. “The information and research exchanged here will develop the next generation of therapies and top quality treatment programs for the soccer pro today and the kid on the field tomorrow.”

Latin American physicians included Joao Mauricio Barretto, M.D., Brazil Cristian A. Fontbote, M.D., Chile Facundo F. Gigante, M.D., Argentina Alberto de Castro Pochini, M.D.

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