USF Health orthopedic faculty featured in new sports medicine textbooks

Sports Medicine faculty members continue to garner kudos for USF Health with two new textbooks at the national level.

Jeff Konin, PhD, PT, assesses the knee stability of 7-year-old Christopher Konin.

Jeff Konin, PhD, ATC, PT, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and executive director of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Related Trauma Institute (SMART), is the guest editor for Clinics in Sports Medicine: Behind the Scenes as a Team Physician. Dr. Konin is also featured on the book’s cover, assessing the knee stability of his son Christopher Konin, 7, who donned a football uniform for the photo.

In a foreword to the text, consulting editor and University of Virginia orthopedic surgeon Mark D. Miller, MD, writes: “Dr. Jeff Konin, who is a truly superlative athletic trainer and physical therapist… has put together an outstanding issue of Clinics in Sports Medicine, focusing on advice for the team physician. He has assembled an all-star team of physicians, athletic trainers, and physical therapists in a no-holds barred treatise for the Team Doc. This is a great read for team physicians at all levels of experience and for coverage of all levels of teams.”

Dr. Konin writes the lead chapter “Communication: The Key to the Game,” which covers communication skills physicians need to forge successful working relationships with athletic trainers and other key people on the healthcare team. Also writing chapters were SMART Director Larry Lemak, MD, “Financial Implications of Serving as Team Physician” and Charles Nofsinger, MD, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, “Negotiating Contractual Relationships.”

Clinics in Sports Medicine: Behind the Scenes as a Team Physician is published by W. B. Saunders Co. For more information go to

A second text Sports Emergency Care: A Team Approach features a chapter on “Emergency Care Considerations for the Pediatric and Youth Athlete” written by Dr. Konin. The chapter covers the epidemiology of youth sports emergencies, the importance of prevention through proper use of equipment, safe playing fields, emergency action plans and pre-participation physicals, as well as the prevalence and management of acute emergencies.

Sports Emergency Care: A Team Approach is published by Slack Incorporated Publishing. For more information go to

Lastly, the May 2007 issue of NATA News, the news magazine of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, features a comprehensive story about SMART and its initiatives to improve the sports safety standards in Florida. The article “SMART: Immediate Care, Long-Range Benefits” quotes Dr. Konin and Dr. Lemak. NATA News reaches some 35,000 athletic trainers across the country.