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Congratulations to Dr. George Branche, who served his 28th year on the medical team for the USA 2019 Citi Open Tennis Tournament. Unique among tennis tournaments, the Citi Open is owned by the nonprofit Washington Tennis & Education Foundation and allocates a portion of its proceeds to funding its mission of breaking the cycle of poverty in the city’s underserved communities through free tennis and educational programs for children. This year’s tournament made history, as 15 year old Coco Grauff and 17 year old Caty McNally secured the Women’s Double Championship. Nick Krygios had a spectacular performance as he took home the Citi Open title.
Dr. Branche always had a love for tennis, whose own serve clocked in at 115 mph. His passion for tennis paired with his clinical expertise makes him the ideal candidate to treat world class athletes.
Congratulations to the USA Women’s Soccer Team for Winning the Women’s World Cup Title and to Dr. Sameer Nagda who Supported the Women as the Team Orthopedic Surgeon
Join us in congratulating the USA Women’s soccer team for winning the FIFA 2019 World Cup title along with the medical support team, including our very own, Dr. Sameer Nagda who supported the team and kept them healthy. Dr. Nagda has been apart of the team since 2016 and traveled with the team throughout France on their journey to winning the World Cup. Welcome home Dr. Nagda!
Pictured is the USA Women’s national soccer team along with the medical support team.
The Joint Replacement Team of the Anderson Clinic hosted the 2019 Hip Society Rothman-Ranawat Traveling Fellows. This is our fifth year participating with this program which was created with the goal of fostering the talents of young hip surgeons by providing them with a unique, inspiring, and educational 4-week tour of outstanding centers for hip surgery in North America. We are honored to be one of those centers.
This years team consisted of:
- Dr. Udo Anyaehle from National Orthopaedic Hospital in Enugu, Nigeria
- Dr. Benjamin Burston from Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry, Shrosphire, United Kingdom
- Dr. Mallyn Muskus Elo from Fundacion Universitaria De Ciencias De La Salud in Bogota, Colombia
- Dr. Roshan Shah from Columbia University in New York, New York
Pictured below from left to right: Drs. Craig McAsey, Andy Engh, Benjamin Burston, Udo Anyaedhle, Mallyn Ealo, Bill Hamilton and Kevin Fricka.
Dr. Nagda recently spent several days presenting to Students at Carl Sandburg Middle School’s Career Carnival. Dr. Nagda volunteered to explain to the students what its like to be an orthopaedic surgeon and a sports medicine specialist. He shared his career path, and showed videos of surgery and sports injuries. Over 150 students listened to his presentation over the two day career carnival. “I think it is important to get kids interested in a career in helping others and medicine at an early age. Hopefully I will have an impact on at least one students career choice!”
Join us in congratulating Dr. Sameer Nagda for being named the team orthopaedic surgeon for United States Women’s Soccer. This summer, in France, they will be pursuing their 4th World Cup Championship. Dr. Nagda has worked with the team since 2016 and is honored to have been chosen to travel with the team and assist in the pursuit of defending their World Cup. Let’s go, Team USA! He also recently traveled with the team to Tampa for a Friendly Match vs Brazil.
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Dr. Sameer Nagda and Dr. Robert Sershon both gave multiple lectures at the 38th annual Cherry Blossom Meeting. The meeting is the oldest sports medicine meeting in the country. It attracts a broad audience of orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and physician assistants. The faculty was comprised of many nationally recognized experts in Orthopedics and Rehab. “It was a great opportunity to speak at a well known meeting that happens to be held here locally!”
Dr. Branche recently had the honor of being a keynote speaker at the Society for Tennis Medicine and Science (STMS) meeting in Miami. STMS is an international organization of healthcare professionals who study the medical aspects of tennis science and conduct research. Dr. Branche’s talk outlined his 27 year experience of being a physician on the professional tennis tour.
This is the 9th consecutive year that Dr. Sameer Nagda has gone to Washington Nationals spring training as part of the medical staff. While there he performed pre-season physicals on players and coaches. Dr. Nagda is very honored to participate in assuring the Nationals are in tip top shape for the 2019 season. Let’s go Nats!!
Dr. Nagda was recently interviewed by Michael Tyman for the Finger Lakes Times.
Point Blank: Conversations on youth sports (Part 1)
By MICHAEL TYMAN firstname.lastname@example.org
Feb 17, 2019
In the lead-up to the 2018-19 school sports calendar year, two orthopedic and sports medicine doctors, a state legislator, and a nationally ranked tennis amateur opened up to share their views on the status quo, problems and solutions, and the culture of youth sports today.
Dr. Sameer Nagda is an orthopedic surgeon and a sports medicine and shoulder specialist at the Anderson Clinic in Arlington, Va. Dr. James Mark is an orthopedic sports medicine specialist in Geneva. Combined, they have over 43 years’ experience in dealing with sports-related injuries and complications.
FLT: What do you see as the biggest problems in youth sports right now?
- NAGDA: With the possibility of college scholarships, the potential for kids and parents for playing one sport, and skipping the other sports to play one and get better at that one is increased. With that, I see a kid who has thrown a thousand pitches as an 8-year old, and that’s not right.
- MARK: There is one problem that we are seeing in today’s sports world — multiple sports kids are never resting. What has become a bigger and a more focused problem is the one-sport injury. That’s the new hot topic, one-sport injury, and the kind of mantra on that is that doctors can treat them, parents and coaches can prevent them.
FLT: What can be done to change the culture?
- MARK: If you remember every old coach — “Oh yeah I broke my finger and I popped it in place, I put tape around it and I played the rest of the season,” and now that guy can’t close his hand around the door knob. That has gone away.
- NAGDA: The change really has to come in through education and to some extent rules. I think Little League Baseball has put some good rules into pitching limits — that’s a good start but also that only holds well if the kid is only on one team. And it also only holds well if the coaches communicate with the parents and with the kid and say, “Okay we are going to follow these rules.”
FLT: What are some of the conditions and injuries that parents should know about?
- MARK: The one thing I always used to talk about was Little League elbow, or Little League shoulder, but that’s not the only one now. It’s knees from soccer players or from lacrosse players and these kids are still growing. There was no such thing back in the day as AAU, these basketball kids are not getting seen by colleges by playing in high school. They are getting seen by colleges at these AAU tournaments, and that’s basically year round.
- NAGDA: I just did a talk with one of (my friend’s) teams and it was the All-Star team, and I went out there and talked to the parents and I said the parents have a homework assignment. I need you to go and I need you to look up Little League shoulder and Little League elbow and know about it. Because if your kid is going to come down with anything, that’s what they are going to come down with. You need to know the signs and symptoms so when you kids start telling you hey this starting to hurt, you won’t just think, hey he’s sore.
FLT: What is your opinion on the current state of a professionalized youth culture?
- NAGDA: When you look at all the money and time spent on these travel teams in hopes of getting a scholarship I wonder for some of them if it would be more time efficient and cost efficient to just not get a scholarship and just pay for school. But when that mom or dad has a child with that potential they are going to say, “Well, if I don’t do all this then the kid isn’t going to meet their potential,” and they are unfortunately right because in this day and age that’s what it takes to get there.
- MARK: If you look at statistics, something like 12 percent of high school football players play college football at all levels. Of all the levels of college football players something like 4-percent play professional football. Parents and coaches need to know the odds.
FLT: How have youth sports impacted you personally?
- MARK: I’ve been practicing sports medicine now for 24 years. If you look back at the years that I grew up, I played three sports. I played football, basketball, and when baseball was over, I was a kid in the summertime. I rode a bike, I had whiffle-ball tournaments, I swam, I climbed trees, but I wasn’t doing a sport. I was basically doing multiple fun things that a 12-18 year-old does. That culture has changed in many ways.
- NAGDA: My kids don’t play anything year round. My kids swim, my son plays baseball, basketball, and swims, my daughter swims, plays soccer, and she just started rock climbing. We throw them into all different things and say, “Hey what do you enjoy?” and that’s basically what it comes down to. You see a lot more injuries now because there is a lot more emphasis on sports at an earlier age. For me, I liked sports and I knew I wasn’t going to be an athlete so I figured this is probably the next good way to do things.
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