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Talking Injury Prevention, COVID-19 with Brooklyn Nets Medical Director, Dr. Riley Williams

Sports Illustrated features a Q&A with Riley J. Williams III, MD, sports medicine surgeon at HSS, about sports resuming, building relationships with athletes, injury prevention and adjusting to the COVID-19 era.

Dr. Williams, who is also the Medical Director of the Brooklyn Nets, explains that his approach to patient care (regardless of if they are professional athletes or not) is to prioritize diagnostics and correctly identifying the root cause of problems right away. He calls out that pro athletes often have an urgency of timing.

“I'm very fortunate to work with organizations that put a high priority on player health, and just prioritizing player health as a sound kind of long-term strategy with regards to their players,” he says.

Dr. Williams explains how pro teams now utilize sports scientists, nutritionists, and strength and conditioning coaches all working together to boost performance.

When asked about adjusting while providing medical care during COVID-19, Dr. Williams discusses how he crafted scenarios to give advice and monitor via telehealth especially during the height of the pandemic. “We've been re-acculturated and re-focused over these past three months to now accept these remote health encounters much more than we were back in March,” he says.

Read the full article at SI.com.