Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery offers services and programs through the following Divisions. Use these links to directly access all our Department sites.


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  What’s NEW!


Fall Sports Physicals

The PlaySafe Program holds two annual sports physical screening events.

Please click the link below for more information and to register online!


Link Fall Sports Physicals


The 2014-15 Athletic Season is Upon Us!In mid-August 2014, keep an eye out for the PlaySafe Staff on your campus.  Our certified athletic trainers will be back at your schools providing on-site care and rehabilitation to your student athletes.

For a list of schools we cover, please click the link below.


Link PlaySafe Program High Schools


March is National Athletic Trainers’ Month

Athletic Trainers are health care professionals who specialize in the prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions to the physically active.

Link… For more information please visit the NATA Website


PlaySafe Athletic Trainers in Your Community!The Spring sports season is upon us.  You will see our athletic trainers covering events at their respective schools doing their best to keep our athletes safe.  Feel free to click the link below to see what schools are part of the PlaySafe Program.

Link… PlaySafe High Schools



UCSF Concussion Clinic

The PlaySafe Program is expanding their services with the introduction of a concussion clinic within the department of Sports Medicine.  Dr. Carlin Senter, Dr. Anthony Luke (Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine), and PlaySafe Athletic Trainer Elise Hammond will spearhead this effort.

  • Evaluation by a Sports Medicine Physician trained in management of concussion injuries.
  • Symptom evaluation with SCAT2 and ImPACT testing materials.
  • Detailed step-by-step return to play progression program.
  • Consultation and communication with your school’s ATC or official.
  • Access to UCSF provider network for complex concussion injuries. 


Link… Bay Area Concussion and Brain Injury Program

  Who We Are


The UCSF PlaySafe Program is made up of certified athletic trainers, and sports medicine trained primary care physicians, and orthopaedic surgeons.  PlaySafe is a non-profit outreach program from the division of Sports Medicine at the UCSF Orthopaedic Institute. For background and historical program information, please click the linke below.

 Link… PlaySafe Program Information


  PlaySafe Certified Athletic Trainers


The PlaySafe program is home to a diverse group of athletic trainers who…

  • Completed a national certification competency exam administered by the Board of Certification and are in good standing with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
  • Completed (or working to complete) a Masters Degree in Kinesiology or related field.
  • Experience working at the professional, collegiate, and high school athletic levels.
  • Annually attend professional and in-house continuing education seminars for professional development.
 PlaySafe At Your High School


The PlaySafe program is experienced in building sports medicine programs and facilities at high schools considering athletic trainer/sports medicine care for the first time.  Below is a list of services that our program can provide.


Athletic Trainer Services

  • Determine the athlete’s readiness to participate in sport.
  • Promote safe and appropriate practice, competition and treatment facilities.
  • Advise on the selection and maintenance of equipment.
  • Develop and implement an emergency action plan.
  • Establish protocols regarding environmental conditions.
  • Develop injury and illness prevention strategies.
  • Provide for on-site recognition, evaluation and immediate treatment of injury and illness, with appropriate referrals.
  • Facilitate rehabilitation and reconditioning.
  • Provide nutritional counseling and education.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of a comprehensive athletic health care administrative system.


PlaySafe Program Services 

  • Sports Pre-Participation Physical Exams
  • PlaySafe Cardiac Physicals
  • Wrestling Weight Management Program
  • Development of Sports Medicine Training Rooms
  • On-Site Sports Medicine Care
  • Sports Event Coverage
  • Priority Access to UCSF Sports Medicine Clinic
  • Access to UCSF Sports Medicine referral network
  • PlaySafe Acute Injury Clinic
  • Coach / Parent / Officials Injury Education
  • Sports Medicine Conferences and Community Outreach