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UPMC Chautauqua WCA Sports Medicine to Provide Medical Support at Chautauqua Gran Fondo


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Michael Mitchell, MD, fellowship trained primary care sports medicine physician; and Daniel Johnson, PT, director rehab services, UPMC Chautauqua WCA, provide information to optimize cyclist, Melissa Paduano’s, position on the bicycle. UPMC Chautauqua WCA Sports Medicine team will provide medical coverage at the start/finish line of the third annual Chautauqua Grand Fondo set for Saturday, August 26.

Jamestown, New York (Friday, August 4, 2017)— UPMC Chautauqua WCA Sports Medicine team will provide medical coverage at the start/finish line of the third annual Chautauqua Grand Fondo set for Saturday, August 26.  Participants should familiarize themselves with the location of the sports medicine recovery tent prior to start time.

The recovery tent, equipped with first aid supplies, will be staffed by a team of medical personnel and provide aid for minor injuries.  Fellowship trained primary care sports medicine physician, Michael Mitchell, MD, and physical therapists, Daniel Johnson and Mike Rabent, will provide medical coverage before and after the cycling event.

The Chautauqua Grand Fondo is a community event designed to promote health and well-being for cyclists of all skill levels.  Participants have an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Chautauqua Lake and its surrounding historic destinations on one of four scenic routes.

“We are excited to welcome the medical team of UPMC Chautauqua WCA,” says Michelle Turner, event coordinator.  “The recovery tent is another testament to the collaboration of another local partnership.”

Dr. Mitchell received his medical degree from Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He completed a family practice residency program at UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania, and a fellowship in primary care sports medicine from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and American College of Sports Medicine.  Mitchell is a sports medicine physician of the American Board of Family Practice and awarded an ABIM Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine.  

Cycling has become a very popular form of exercise and a very popular sport in the USA today.  It is estimated that approximately 80 million people participate in cycling in this country alone.  “As with all forms of exercise or sporting activity, injuries can and do occur in cycling,” says Dr. Mitchell, medical director who has treated athletes for more than 25 years at the UPMC Chautauqua WCA Sports Medicine Center.  “Developing a program of strength and flexibility as well as wearing properly fitted cycling equipment and a properly fitted helmet can help to prevent cycling injuries.”

To make an appointment with Dr. Mitchell, call 716-664-8604.  The Center For Orthopedics, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation offers a complete range of rehabilitation services including physical, occupational, and speech therapy.  For information about any of these programs, contact Dan Johnson, PT, director, rehab services, at 716-664-8296.

For more information or to register for the Chautauqua Gran Fondo, call Michelle Turner at 716-661-8900.



About UPMC Chautauqua WCA Sports Medicine Center

The Sports Medicine Center provides professional diagnosis and treatment of sports related injuries and illnesses in athletes of all ages.  Each patient who presents for evaluation at the center is seen by Dr. Mitchell and a physical therapist.  The center is located at the Center For Orthopedics, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, 31 Sherman Street (directly behind UPMC Chautauqua WCA).  The center is operational Mon to Fri afternoons from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Referrals are accepted from physicians, trainers, coaches, parents, or athletes themselves.  To schedule an appointment, call 716-664-8604.


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