Sports Medicine Patient Stories
University Hospitals Sports Medicine treats athletes of all ages – from high school, to college and beyond – and of every level, including professionals. Our primary goal is to treat their injuries and help them return safely to play. Here are some of their stories of overcoming injuries and setbacks to ultimately get back in the game.
Andrew's Lateral Meniscus Tear Story
When 19 year old college sophomore Andrew Bucur ruptured his ACL during a soccer scrimmage, he sought help from UH orthopedic specialist, Shana Miskovsky, MD. Seven months later, he was back in the game and stronger than ever.
Colton Ray was in eighth grade when he dislocated his shoulder for the first time. An active athlete, the recurring injury eventually led him to seek help from shoulder specialist, Martin Leland, MD.
“Dr. Voos is the best surgeon I could have asked for. I would say to anyone facing a potentially sports-ending injury, It’s a tough road, but keep your head up and work hard. The end game is worth it.” – David Eisele, Avon Lake, OH
Drew Weninger never knew he had Femoral acetabular impingement until he began the steady pounding of long-distance running. Following hip arthroscopy at University Hospitals, he was astounded to run a marathon at an eight-minute-mile pace.
Isaiah's Story: Meniscus Transplant
In eighth-grade, Isaiah Gullick suffered a severely torn lateral meniscus while playing football. UH orthopedic surgeon, Michael Salata, MD, successfully performed a meniscus transplant, restoring Isaiah’s dreams of playing in the NFL.
“Thanks to the amazing staff at University Hospitals, I was able to make a full recovery and am now a full-time professional racer in the F3 Americas series.”
Long distance runner John Dickens was training for a marathon when a sharp pain in his hip led him to seek treatment from sports medicine specialist, Sean Cupp, MD, who determined he had a stress fracture of the pelvis.
Judie Lesesne was a multi-sport athlete in high school and planned to play college basketball. When diagnosed with an acetabular labral tear and hip dysplasia, a team of UH experts collaborated to return Judie to her active lifestyle.
Kyle Stergis landed badly during a high school basketball game and experienced immediate pain in his right hip. Playing through the pain, he ultimately caused damage to his left hip as well and turned to Michael Salata, MD, for help.
High school sophomore, Marie Gluth, was a three-sport, year-round athlete until she injured her shoulder playing basketball. Marie sought treatment from sports medicine physician, James Voos, MD, and is now back to enjoying her active lifestyle.
At age 15, Maritza Guerra, was living in China with her family when she injured her knee and required surgery. The family crossed the Atlantic to consult with knee surgery specialist James Voos, MD, who was able to repair Maritza’s knee.
When a skating accident resulted in a severe hand injury, 8-year-old Victoria required surgery and months of rehabilitation. A UH team of specialists collaborated to heal her injury and return her to the world of competitive ice skating.
Young Female Athletes
As more young women enter the world of competitive sports, orthopedic physicians are seeing an increase in the number of ACL injuries in females. UH sports medicine specialists are using their expertise to return these athletes to the action.