• Resistance Training 201: Periodization for Long Term Progress

    Planning exercise and physical activity is an important skill to understand for athletes, coaches, and health care professionals alike.  Having a well-rounded program provides the athlete with “what to do,” but the program design can often answer the “why to do,” help... Read more
  • Is it Okay to Foam Roll the IT Band?

    Iliotibial band (ITB) foam rolling has become a controversial topic that has garnered much debate recently. The short answer, yes you can roll the IT band!  However, there are a few key points to make your foam rolling more effective.  Understanding the basic anatomy and function of the... Read more
  • If You Are Headed to Higher Altitudes to Avoid the Heat, You Should Know About High Altitude Illness

    Many years ago, while en route to Everest Base Camp, a fellow hiker began to experience headache, nausea, and lightheadedness. By the time he reached Lobuche (elevation 16,110’) he was having difficulty breathing. Fortunately, other members of the group recognized the symptoms of... Read more
  • The Biomechanics of Shoulder Impingement

    The glenohumeral joint (shoulder joint) is the most moveable joint in the body. This is partially due to its shape. The head of the humerus (upper arm bone) is shaped like a ball that fits into a socket on the end of the scapula called the glenoid fossa. This joint works similar to the way a pestle... Read more
  • I injured my calf...

    “Tennis leg” is a common acute mid-calf injury often seen in middle-aged tennis players and runners. The pain is usually caused by an incomplete rupture of the medial (inside) gastrocnemius (calf) muscle. This injury often occurs during a sudden contraction of the calf muscles while the... Read more
  • Managing Hypertension in Athletes

    Hypertension (HTN), or high blood pressure, is the most prevalent cardiovascular disease among athletes. HTN is divided into three classifications. Prehypertension is a bloods pressure over 120/80 but less than 140/90. Stage 1 HTN is a blood pressure of 140/90 to 160/100. Stage 2 HTN is a blood... Read more
  • When Rest Isn't Best

    Rest, icing, compression, and elevation (RICE) are commonly recommended for sports injuries such as strains, sprains, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, patellofemoral disorder, or IT band syndrome. However, prolonged rest results in rapid deconditioning and can lead to a cycle of chronic injury... Read more

Welcome to Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute!

PRO TREATMENT FOR EVERY ATHLETE.

Comprehensive Medical Care for the Athlete.  From the elite physiology of a Professional athlete to the weekend warrior, Dr Carfagno, the Athlete's Internist, manages the spectrum of your health.  Created in a unique setting of Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine, along with a Metabolic Physiological Lab, SSMI redefines Sports Medicine.  

At Scottsdale Sports Medicine, it doesn’t matter if you’re a professional or a dedicated amateur--we believe every athlete deserves top of the line care. Dr. David Carfagno and his team are ready to help you take your health and fitness to the next level with a state of the art facility, cutting edge treatments and trusted techniques. We offer comprehensive care for the complete athlete, sports injury treatments including impact testing, musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary testing, and orthopedic care, and metabolic programs to help you achieve and surpass your fitness goals.

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