Supporting Student Athlete Health & Performance GCDS Becomes First High School Served by HSS as Official Hospital
Joins NY Giants, Knicks, US Rowing and Others with U.S. #1 in Orthopedics
Greenwich Country Day School (GCDS) today announced that Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) will serve as the official hospital of GCDS Athletics in Greenwich, Conn. This partnership with HSS enables GCDS student athletes to benefit from one of the global leaders in sports medicine. HSS, the nation’s top-ranked hospital for orthopedics for the past ten consecutive years (U.S. News & World Report 2019-2020), is the official hospital also for the New York Giants, New York Mets, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, US Rowing, and USA Basketball. HSS has been named a leader in pediatric orthopedics by U.S. News and World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” list 2019-2020. GCDS is the first high school athletics program to offer families this level of expertise and facilitated access through a partnership with HSS.
HSS will provide access to high quality preventative, surgical, rehabilitative and performance services to GCDS athletes in addition to their specialties in orthopedic surgery and the treatment of rheumatologic conditions. Once a week, an HSS physician will also be available on campus in the Athletic Training Room, and a physician from HSS will be present for game-day coverage at all home football games.
“Not only are we gaining access to elite orthopedic care, but the resources and technology of HSS are unparalleled,” says Patrick Curry, GCDS head athletic trainer. “This year our athletes will receive expert HSS movement analysis using FDA-endorsed 3D computer vision technology that will help our athletic trainers and coaches to prevent injuries. Athletes and coaches will also run through the HSS Sport Safety Program to establish proper warm up techniques, awareness of body position, and recognition of unsafe movements while playing sports.”
The lead HSS physicians for GCDS are Warren K. Young, MD, who is a team physician for Iona College and Concordia College; Samuel A. Taylor, MD, who currently serves as associate team physician for the New York Giants; and Karen M. Sutton, MD, who is head team physician for U.S. Women’s Lacrosse, chief medical officer for World Lacrosse, and team physician for U.S. Ski & Snowboard. In addition to a main campus in New York City, HSS has facilities in Westchester and Stamford among others.
“Young athletes are demanding peak performance from their bodies and we want to work with parents, coaches and training staff to ensure they maintain overall fitness to prevent injury while having fun,” said Dr. Sutton, sports medicine surgeon at HSS Stamford. “It’s important for young athletes to develop a foundation of strength beginning with their entire core, participate in exercise programs that promote flexibility, eat right and pay attention to pain.”
GCDS will also collaborate with HSS to offer informational workshops and presentations for students, parents, and coaches on key topics related to health and wellness such as nutrition, stress management, and injury prevention and recovery.
“We envision HSS as a helpful resource for our families,” notes GCDS Athletic Director Tim Helstein. “Their expertise benefits families with students of all ages and interests. We want everyone to be healthy, safe, and knowledgeable—whether they are playing in their first flag football game, rehearsing for the Middle School musical, training for a dance showcase, or playing competitive sports at the highest level.”
Greenwich Country Day School is a co-ed, independent Nursery - Grade 12 college preparatory day school in Greenwich, CT, that graduates ethical, confident learners and leaders with a strong sense of purpose--ready to embrace opportunities and challenges in a world of rapid change. The purposeful mission of academic excellence and character development is as relevant today as it was at the school’s founding in 1926. GCDS’s curriculum builds a solid background in the sciences and humanities while challenging students to develop critical knowledge and skills through inquiry, exploration, interdisciplinary studies, and real-world applications. The school’s pedagogy and curricula seek to bring forward multiple perspectives, disciplines, and voices as a means to deepen learning and develop empathy. Important lessons are learned not only in the classroom, but also on the playing fields, in the art room, on stage, and through extracurricular activities, such as the chess team, robotics club, and student publications. An extensive community service program and numerous leadership opportunities teach students to turn their initiative and generosity into meaningful action. GCDS is a joyful learning environment where curiosity and creativity are valued, resilience is cultivated, and the health and well-being of every student is essential. GCDS graduates are known as exceptionally well-prepared for success in higher education—and in life. www.gcds.net
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the 13th consecutive year), No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2022-2023), and the best pediatric orthopedic hospital in NY, NJ and CT by U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” list (2022-2023). In a survey of medical professionals in more than 20 countries by Newsweek, HSS is ranked world #1 in orthopedics for a third consecutive year (2023). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has the lowest complication and readmission rates in the nation for orthopedics, and among the lowest infection rates. HSS was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center five consecutive times. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State, as well as in Florida. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Innovation Institute works to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The HSS Education Institute is a trusted leader in advancing musculoskeletal knowledge and research for physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, academic trainees, and consumers in more than 145 countries. The institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally. www.hss.edu.