Orthopedic and Spine Leader to Know: Dr. Mark Schickendantz of the Cleveland Clinic

Written by Rachel Fields | August 04, 2010 | Print  |
As head team physician for the Cleveland Indians professional baseball team and the Cleveland Browns professional football team, Mark Schickendantz, MD, has treated his fair share of elbow and shoulder problems. He has performed arthroscopic surgery on a number of professional baseball players and recently evaluated an elbow strain for Miami Heat basketball player LeBron James.

Dr. Schickendantz has expressed concern about the practice of limiting pitch counts to prevent shoulder injury, saying an injury diagnosis requires that coaches pay more attention to physical wear and tear.

"What's much more important than counting the number of innings or pitches is paying attention to any symptoms the young athlete may be experiencing," he said in a Cleveland Clinic release. "A well-trained coach can watch a throwing athlete play and should be able to pick up visual clues that might indicate that he or she is feeling pain."

He said symptoms need to be taken seriously, especially because players might be reluctant to admit their discomfort.

Dr. Schickendantz is a staff orthopedic surgeon in the department of orthopedic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Lutheran Hospital and Marymount Hospital, as well as an associate professor of surgery with the Cleveland Clinic College of Medicine. He specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow and knee.

Dr. Schickendantz earned his MD from Saint Louis University School of Medicine and went on to complete an internship in general surgery and residency in orthopedic surgery at Cleveland Clinic. He also undertook a fellowship in shoulder surgery and sports medicine at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo.

Dr. Schickendantz belongs to several professional and medical societies, including the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and the Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association. A recognized and respected sports medicine physician, he has published a number of articles, written several book chapters and presented on his specialties at research meetings.

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