Patients typically ask me what professional athletes I have treated? While operating on TO (former cowboy) or “el Duque” are interesting, I feel the weekend warrior who enjoys an active sports lifestyle is much more challenging and perhaps rewarding. This is because these busy professionals are not always completely “prepared” for this type of activity and often sustain injuries that perhaps could be avoided. Key is to WARM UP. Stretching adequately can minimize ligament tears (sprains) and muscle microtears (strains). Ice afterwards to decrease swelling and muscle injury. Minor injuries should be evaluated at an urgent care center , such as Doctors NOW, and more significant trauma, including persistent pain should be seen by the appropriate orthopedic surgeon. Remember that there are upper limb specialist, knee specialists, foot and ankle surgeons and spine specialists. Fortunately, we now have them in Doral, so seek the appropriate opinion and then get back on the field…..