SPRI sponsors pro skiers

Vail, CO-based Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI), one of the World’s most recognized orthopedic research institutes announced recently the sponsorship of two professional skiers in two disciplines of the sport. Alpine racer and Olympian Tommy Ford and professional free ride skier Tucker Perkins will each serve as ambassadors for the Institute. This is one of the first occasions where the Steadman Philippon Research Institute (http://sprivail.live.emedicalmedia.info) sponsors professional skiers. “These two young and accomplished athletes are great spokespeople for us,” said John McMurtry, Vice President of Development at SPRI and former U.S. Ski Team Coach and Alpine Director.

Dec 03, 2010

Vail, CO-based Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI), one of the World’s most recognized orthopedic research institutes announced recently the sponsorship of two professional skiers in two disciplines of the sport. Alpine racer and Olympian Tommy Ford and professional free ride skier Tucker Perkins will each serve as ambassadors for the Institute.

This is one of the first occasions where the Steadman Philippon Research Institute (http://sprivail.live.emedicalmedia.info) sponsors professional skiers. “These two young and accomplished athletes are great spokespeople for us,” said John McMurtry, Vice President of Development at SPRI and former U.S. Ski Team Coach and Alpine Director. “They are living examples of what we stand for in orthopedic research and what we want to be able to preserve in people of all ages-making your dreams come true and keeping people active in all stages of life.”

Ford, who is scheduled to race in all three events at the Birds of Prey World Cup Ski event at Beaver Creek Ski Resort (Beaver Creek, CO/Vail,CO.) this week, has avoided injuries that would have him be a patient at The Steadman Clinic (http://www.steadman-hawkins.com/).

“I was aware of the Institute and the impact of their evidence-based research through coaches and teammates who have benefited from their work,” said Ford. “I wanted to be an ambassador for them because I realize the importance of their mission. At some point most of us will benefit from what they do, whether it helps us to continue professional ski racing, pursue recreational sports or continue playing with grandkids.”

Perkins, a former patient, has benefitted from the Institute’s research.

“My first encounter with the Institute and Clinic was when I was in Vail, CO five years ago,” said Perkins. “My results have always been amazing. On each of my procedures, the results and data points of other patients helped me get the best care and results possible. I also like knowing that my data points contribute to the evidence-based medicine that helps others. We all have dreams and the Institute helps keep people active so they can pursue them.”

Perkins sustained a knee injury skiing on October 13, 2010 in New Zealand. He immediately came back to the States for treatment at the Steadman Clinic. He began skiing in the half-pipe just 48 days later on November 30, 2010.

“I feel great today,” Perkins added. “I owe that to the Institute and it makes me proud to be an ambassador for them.”

“Athletes are becoming bigger, faster and stronger; unfortunately their connective tissue does not. This means that injuries are becoming more complex.” said J. Michael Egan, CEO of SPRI. “Our research into the anatomy and mechanisms of the complex hip, knee and

shoulder, is being recognized worldwide.”The successes of these two top tier athletes will continue to raise awareness of the Institute and the valuable orthopedic research that we do here.”

The Steadman Philippon Research Institute continues to provide evidence-based research so that highly innovative orthopedic techniques can continue to be widely accepted throughout the world.

 

 

 

 

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