UCCS Receives Musculoskeletal Ultrasound from Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group

By Jared Verner published July 16, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group has donated a Mindray musculoskeletal ultrasound to the Mountain Lion athletic department which will allow University of Colorado Colorado Springs athletic trainers to be able to make quicker and more accurate diagnoses for student-athletes.  

The donation by Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group continues a long-standing partnership between the orthopaedic group and the University's athletic department, which has included medical expertise and financial support for one of the fastest-improving athletic departments in the RMAC.

"The donation of the ultrasound machine to UCCS is really taking the technology of the athletic training department to the next level," said Kyle Nelson, CEO of the Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group. "Having the ability to diagnose certain ailments at a moment's notice with the ultrasound machine is going to improve the quality of the performance of UCCS athletics as well as allow the training department to engage the athletes at a whole new level."

UCCS training staff will utilize the ultrasound machine to move injured student-athletes into the treatment phase faster and provide a more thorough examination for the rehabilitation progress. The machine will provide visualization of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone surface, nerves and cartilage allowing UCCS sports medicine staff to have a clearer understanding of a student-athlete's injury before making a referral to a physician.

"I've never been associated with an organization that truly commits their heart and soul to our athletes here at UCCS as much as Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group," said Assistant Athletic Director and Head Athletic Trainer Brian Hardy. "We opened a new athletic training room roughly two years ago, and at that time, Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group stepped up to the plate and donated all of the equipment for a new athletic training room, which was a huge gift to give us a fresh start."

UCCS will be the first institution in the RMAC with an ultrasound machine, and one of the few in NCAA Division II. The machine will provide additional resources for an athletic department who recorded one of its best overall seasons in school history in 2012-13.

"When you have the right kind of things to keep your kids eligible, that's big, but you also want to keep them healthy," said Athletic Director Steve Kirkham. "If you want to succeed, and continue to succeed, and be competitive at the end of the year in the postseason, you have to have your best players ready to go."

UCCS sponsors 14 Division II athletic teams and has won 15 conference championships. The Mountain Lions have collected 47 All-America honors since varsity athletics was established in 1986. 

Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group is the largest orthopedic group in Southern Colorado and has served the Colorado Springs community since 1994. The group is dedicated to the care and treatment of the musculoskeletal system. With 500 years of combined experience among 24 doctors, Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group's goal it is to provide patients with state of the art comprehensive orthopedic surgical and medical services.

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