Helmets No Factor in Concussion Risk
Alison Brooks, MD and Tim McGuine, PhD recently concluded a two-year study that suggests neither specific brand, age nor the recondition status of helmets were associated with fewer sport-related concussions (SRC) in adolescent athletes.
The study, published online in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, involved 2,081 football players at 34 high schools in Wisconsin during the 2012 and/or 2013 football seasons. Players completed a pre-season demographic and injury questionnaire, and athletic trainers recorded incidence and severity of SRC throughout the year. A total of 206 players (nine percent) sustained a total of 211 sport-related concussions during the two-year study.
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UW Health
Advancing the Future of Orthopedics
Longtime Madison orthopedic surgeon Dr. George Vogt loved to take the long view. When as a young man he knew he wanted to travel, he learned how to fly. When his regular pilot’s license didn’t allow him access to enough sky, he earned an instrument rating and the ability to fly above the clouds. And shortly after retiring in 1990, he longed for something more than just the next tee time, so George went back to school and learned how to build his own airplane.
"George simply loved life and never gave up on anything," Dr. Vogt’s wife, Nancy, says about her late husband. Knowing her husband’s passion, Nancy decided to include the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation in their estate plans. The Vogts’ generosity and foresight will fund two orthopedic professorships in their name: one in orthopedics and the other in stem cell and regenerative medicine.
"The possibility of developing therapies that could relieve the suffering of others was of great interest to both of us," she says. "I know this gift honors the kind of person George was."
Learn more about giving to the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation.
Physical Therapy Program Ranks #1
To help prospective grad students better evaluate their options for continuing education in physical therapy, Graduateprograms.com compiled and analyzed more than 40,000 ratings posted on the site by graduate students attending more than 1,200 different programs across the country. The ensuing rankings are based on the student ratings and reviews posted on Graduateprograms.com from Sept. 1, 2012 through April 15, 2014, using a 10 star system (with 1 being the worst and 10 being the best).
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Freedom of Movement Fund
Research and innovation are significant parts of the culture at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. We are committed to bringing the best and brightest researchers to our labs and supporting them in their work, which centers on innovation, prevention, restoration and regeneration. In return, they deliver advanced medical technologies, curative treatments and regenerative therapies, which then become available to those who suffer from pain and limitation due to musculoskeletal disease, trauma and injury.
The Freedom of Movement Fund supports research that improves quality of life for people with bone and joint disorders and injuries. Your donation, in any amount, provides much-needed support that will keep us all moving, pain-free, for a lifetime.

Faculty Research

Research is a cornerstone of the UW Health Orthopedics and Rehabilitation program. Our approach to research is centered around tissue engineering, biomechanics, and novel stem cell therapy. We offer over 9,000 square feet of research space housing four Ph.D. researchers, and provide trainees with ample opportunity to be involved in translational research. Clinical research is supported by a team of physicians, a research administrator, a grants and contracts specialist, research coordinators, and biostatisticians.
Learn about giving to the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation to help support research efforts.
News and Events
News and Events
We welcome Bob McDonald, PhD who will take over as Professional Education Program Manager starting September 1st.
Welcome to the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
Thomas A. Zdeblick, MD
Thomas A. Zdeblick, MD
A.A. McBeath Professor
and Chairman
Welcome to the University of Wisconsin Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. Our comprehensive program focuses on providing cutting edge patient care for both adult and pediatric patients, conducting state of the art research, and training the next generation of orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists, physical therapists, as well as spine and sports medicine surgeons.Our physicians are on the forefront of new techniques and procedures to continually improve patient care, and have completed rigorous training and specialty fellowships.Many are nationally and world-renown as leaders in their respective disciplines. Read more...
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