Team Coverage

Our program will give you extensive exposure to sideline and training-room management of athletic injuries.

Training in Buffalo, you’ll have learning experiences that may not be available in other sports medicine fellowships. Not all programs are situated in cities with two major league sports teams, several other professional teams and a variety of area schools with active collegiate sports programs.

Our faculty members provide medical coverage — and are team physicians — for a number of professional and collegiate sports teams. The care you’ll provide to these players is the cornerstone of your training. 

Our team coverage rotations ensure that your training is rich with experience providing medical support on the field, in the hockey rink or at courtside. 

Gain Experience with NFL Players

If you start your training with our head team physician for the Buffalo Bills, you will begin your first rotation at the Bills’ training camp at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, New York.

You can expect to build skills in:

  • performing orthopaedic physical examinations on all incoming players
  • coordinating care with the athletic trainers
  • ordering and reviewing diagnostic and imaging studies as necessary
  • performing examinations and formulating differential diagnoses on injured players

As a fellow on this rotation, you’ll attend every practice and workout session to provide on-field evaluation of all injuries.

Additionally, we’ll ask you to attend all of the preseason and regular season home football games. You may be able to attend an away game during the season to experience the out-of-town medical coverage needed by the team. 

During the season, you’ll accompany the head team physician on weekly training-room rounds when all orthopaedic injuries and follow-up examinations take place. You can expect to assist in performing orthopaedic exams on all incoming players. Throughout the year, you will also gain experience assisting with an annual complete medical evaluation and regularly scheduled examinations.

During the four days of the annual NFL Combine exams, you will travel to Indianapolis with the Buffalo Bills medical staff to expand your experience with:

  • performing physical exams
  • reviewing associated diagnostic studies
  • assigning orthopaedic “grades” to over 300 draft-eligible college football players

Treat Buffalo Sabres and SUNY Buffalo State Players

If you begin your training with the head team physician for the Buffalo Sabres, you’ll work with the Sabres for the full season, gaining significant experience supporting an NHL team. You’ll strengthen your skills in conducting preseason and postseason physicals, and you can expect in-depth exposure to hockey injuries including:

  • lacerations
  • muscle strains
  • contusions
  • mild traumatic brain injury
  • acute and chronic injuries to the shoulder, hip, knee and ankle

We’ll expect you to attend all home games, and there may be an opportunity to attend an away game during the playoffs.

If you’re assigned to the Buffalo Sabres, you’ll also gain experience as team physician for the Buffalo State Bengals football team, covering all home games. In addition, you’ll make a weekly visit to the training room during the football season and on an as-needed basis during the winter and spring seasons.

Support UB Athletes

If you rotate with the head team physician for the UB Bulls, you’ll gain substantial exposure to Division 1 collegiate sports. We’ll help you sharpen your skills conducting preseason and postseason physicals and training room evaluations, and we’ll expect you to attend home games. You may also have opportunities to increase your experience by attending away games.

You may have opportunities to treat UB athletes with injuries from sports including:

  • baseball and softball
  • soccer
  • wrestling
  • volleyball
  • tennis
  • track and field
  • swimming and diving

Working with these athletes will help you reach a higher level of competence treating the entire spectrum of acute and chronic orthopaedic injuries and related problems — such as concussions.

Provide Coverage to Lacrosse Players

Faculty members in our department are involved in medical and orthopaedic pre-participation physicals, event coverage and care for the National Lacrosse League’s Buffalo Bandits — and they’re eager to share that experience with you.

Team physicians are available for home games and provide evaluation and management services to both the home and visiting teams.

Although it’s not mandatory for you to rotate through our Bandits coverage, we encourage you to participate because you’ll have opportunities to further your knowledge of:

  • developing team relationships 
  • acute injury management and diagnosis
  • radiographic interpretation
  • immobilization techniques
  • suturing
  • concussion management

Length of Rotation

Team coverage is an ongoing rotation and is continuous throughout our fellowship program.

Patient Population

You’ll treat players from teams including:

  • Buffalo Bills
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Buffalo Bandits
  • UB Bulls and other UB sports teams
  • Buffalo State Bengals

Training Sites

You’ll gain experience in training rooms and various sports venues.

You’ll attend sports games in Buffalo and may have an opportunity to experience out-of-town medical coverage during teams’ away games.