The primary goal of the LECOM Sports Medicine Fellowship Program is to develop sports medicine physicians who will practice in a manner that acknowledges the interdependency of mind, body and spirit. This goal aligns with the mission statement and educational goals of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, which seeks to train physicians to practice in the osteopathic tradition.

Specific program goals include extensive training in musculoskeletal ultrasound, osteopathic manipulative treatment, and bio-regenerative injections, which distinguish this fellowship from others.

Under the guidance of nationally-recognized faculty members, fellows will develop the experience and skill sets needed to function as team physicians at every level, managing the needs of local athletes at the high school and collegiate levels.

Fellows will become competent in pre-participation physical examinations, weekly training rooms, and daily injury assessments throughout the athletic seasons. Fellows will develop skills needed for on-field event coverage, and will master skills necessary to provide return-to-play determinations, concussion management, neuropsychological testing, and injury prevention.

Management builds upon integrative components related to the expanding field of mental health in sports, functional movement, and exercise. Functional movement screening is emphasized in performance enhancement and injury prevention. Fellows will develop management skills for non-competitive athletes in all stages of life, developing competencies in in non-surgical musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment.

Finally, our program will develop fellows who become leaders in the specialty, promoting lifelong learning and scholarship, by developing and presenting scholarly projects at yearly national sports medicine conferences.

Chrisopher Rial D.O
Chrisopher Rial, D.O.
Program Director, Sports Medicine
(814) 868-2179
crial@maerie.org