MAYWOOD, IL – (May 11, 2015) Loyola University Medical Center sports medicine physician Pietro Tonino, MD, is the long-time team physician for the Loyola University Chicago Ramblers, who won their second straight NCAA men’s volleyball championship Saturday.
But Dr. Tonino wasn’t cheering for the Ramblers when they defeated the Lewis University Flyers 3-2 in a thrilling match. The reason is because Dr. Tonino also is the longtime team physician for the Flyers.
“I was strictly neutral,” Dr. Tonino said. Dr. Tonino is program director of Sports Medicine and a professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation of Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
Throughout the season, Dr. Tonino and other Loyola sports medicine physicians treated injuries and taught injury-prevention techniques to both teams. Volleyball injuries are not as frequent as injuries in contact sports such as football, Dr. Tonino said. But injuries still occur, especially in the shoulders.
Dr. Tonino has been team physician at Lewis University since 1989 and at Loyola since 1990, serving men’s and women’s athletic teams. Other Loyola physicians who serve as team doctors for Loyola and Lewis universities include Nate Jones, MD; Douglas Evans, MD; Haemi Choi, MD, James Winger, MD; Nickolas Garbis, MD; Adam Schiff, MD; and Paul Belich, MD. Dr. Choi, a primary care physician who specializes in sports medicine, was in Stanford, Ca., for Saturday’s championship volleyball game, and provided care for both teams.
In addition to Loyola and Lewis universities, Loyola sports medicine physicians also are team doctors for the University of St. Francis in Joliet.
Loyola sports medicine specialists provide comprehensive orthopaedic and sports medicine expertise to all levels, up to and including professional athletes. Loyola stresses immediate or same-day access and early intervention to provide accurate diagnosis and proper, timely treatment.
Loyola sports medicine orthopaedic surgeons, primary care physicians, athletic trainers and physical therapists provide services to prevent injuries, maintain physical health and optimize performance. They diagnose, treat and provide rehabilitation designed to accelerate return to activities. Loyola surgeons have extensive experience with the latest minimally invasive and advanced surgical techniques that will allow return to sport, activity or job with minimal downtime.