Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Bert Mandelbaum of Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group

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Bert Mandelbaum, MD, a physician with Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group, established his leadership within sports medicine by heading a development team in creating a warm-up program specifically designed to help female athletes prevent common knee injuries. Female athletes who completed the Prevent Injury and Enhance Performance (PEP) were 1.7 times less likely to have ACL injuries than other female athletes, according to the research.

This is especially important because women are more likely to receive ACL injuries than men. The program includes running, jumping and stretches focused on strengthening the muscles and ligaments around the knees.

"The study shows tremendous promise for female collegiate soccer players, especially those with a history of ACL injuries," said Julie Gilchrist, MD, of the Center for Disease Control's injury center, in a Thompson Reuters report. "Enjoying sports is a great way to stay fit. And to stay healthy, we encourage coaches, athletic trainers and athletes to consider adapting this program."

The study was recently published in The American Journal for Sports Medicine. Dr. Mandelbaum is the director of the Santa Monica Sports Medicine Research foundation and has a professional interest in treating ACL injuries. In addition to developing PEP, he is involved in a five-year steady on ACL injury and prevention funded by the National Institute of Health.

Dr. Mandelbaum is the chief of orthopedic surgery at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica and is team physician for the U.S. Soccer Federation teams, U.S. Gymnastics Federation and FIFA World Cup USA. In addition to his practice, Dr. Mandelbaum serves as the course chairman of the Annual National Articular Cartilage Repair Symposium for Sports Medicine Fellows and has authored several research articles.

Dr. Mandelbaum earned his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and Washington University in St. Louis. He completed his internship and residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital as well as a sports medicine fellowship with UCLA division of orthopedic surgery.

Read more coverage on orthopedic and spine industry leaders:

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Thomas P. Sculco of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. James St. Louis of Laser Spine Institute

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