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The USF Sports Medicine and Athletic-Related Trauma Institute (SMART) was created by Florida Legislature with $500,000 seed money in 2005, followed by a $3 million appropriation in 2006. SMART is raising the standard of care for all Florida's athletes through research, education, clinical care and community outreach that builds upon USF Health's existing strengths within its Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences.


Multidisciplinary approach:


The USF sports medicine team includes --

  • Primary care sports medicine physicians
  • Orthopaedic physicians and surgeons
  • Sports physical therapy specialists
  • Certified athletic trainers
  • Psychiatrists, psychologists specializing in sports medicine
  • Nutritionists specializing in dietary needs of athletes
  • Chiropractors specializing in the care of athletes
  • Public health professionals specializing in injury prevention
  • Engineers with expertise in biomechanics and motion analysis


Prevention research:


  • Grants from NFL Charities and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to study early detection and prevention of heat illness and evaluate the effects of heat illness on athletic performance.


  • Funding from Proctor and Gamble to study bone loss seen in female athletes as a result of athletic training without proper nutrition.


  • Participated in national studies to help determine when athletes can return to play safely following mild traumatic brain injury (concussion).


  • Plans to work with USF College of Public Health to create the first statewide pediatric sports injury registry, allowing the development of evidence-based injury prevention strategies.


Community outreach:


  • Educational seminars focusing on injury prevention and the latest treatment methods are conducted for coaches, trainers and physicians.


  • Develop within Hillsborough County, as a model for the state, a program providing certified athletic trainers to county high schools and sports safety training to coaches at all levels of competition – from youth recreational leagues to professional ranks.


  • Specialists from SMART have cared for athletes from the USF Bulls, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Storm, NFL Europe, The Ohio State Buckeyes, the East Coast Hockey League, the Florida High School Athletic Association and several local area high schools and club teams.


USF Health sports medicine experts available for media interviews:


  • Robert Pedowitz, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, College of Medicine
  • Eric Coris, MD, Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Family Medicine
  • David Leffers, MD, Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 
  • Lawrence Lemak, MD, Director of S.M.A.R.T.
  • Karen Liller, PhD, College of Public Health
  • Charles Nofsinger, MD, Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • William S. Quillen, PT, PhD, School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Jeff Konin, PhD, ATC, PT, Executive Director of S.M.A.R.T.  

Call Susanna Martinez or Anne DeLotto Baier, USF Health Public Affairs, 813-974-3300, to arrange an appointment with these Media Experts.