• Trouble with your endurance? It could be due to low glycogen stores

    What is glycogen?Glycogen is a stored from of glucose. Carbohydrates are broken down into smaller sugars like glucose, fructose, and galactose. Any glucose that is not needed right away is stored as glycogen. This is why carbohydrates are one of the most important sources of energy for athletes.... Read more
  • Experiencing dizziness after a workout?

    If you feel faint or lightheaded after an intense workout, one possibility is neurocardiogenic syncope. What is neurocardiogenic syncope?Syncope (fainting) is due to reduced blood circulation in the brain and has two main causes, cardiac arrhythmias and neurocardiogenic. Neurocardiogenic... Read more
  • How do I know if I have low T?

    What exactly is testosterone and what does it do for me?Testosterone is a sex hormone that plays a significant rule during puberty. It is behind developing male physical features, it maintains muscle strength and mass, facial and body hair, and a deeper voice. Testosterone also affects men's... Read more
  • Back in the Ring...Side Medicine

    After a couple years away, Dr Carfagno has rejoined up with the Arizona Boxing and MMA Commission and will be the Ringside Physician this Saturday night.  Read more
  • Did you know? Exercise associated low sodium can have serious consequences

    What is exercise associated hyponatremia?Exercise associated hyponatremia (low sodium) can be caused by a loss of sodium (like sweating), an excess of total body water (drinking isotonic water), or a combination of both. Hyponatremia is serious issue and can lead to delirium, seizures, or even... Read more
  • Los Angeles Rock and Roll Half Marathon and 5K

    Dr Carfagno will be the head medical director at the Los Angeles Rock and Roll Half Marathon and 5k, this October 25th 2015.  If you're competing in it or watching, stop by the expo or the medical area and say Hi! Read more
  • Double jointed? Stretchy skin? You could have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

    Case: 32 year old female ex-gymnast, now yoga enthusiastReason for visit: Annual wellness exam What is Ehlers-Danlos syndrome?Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, or EDS, is a connective tissue disorder that affects tissues that support bones, organs, blood vessels and skin. EDS can very in severity from... Read more

Welcome to Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute!


Comprehensive Medical Care for the Athlete.  From the elite physiology of a Professional athlete to the severe medically ill, Dr Carfagno 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 Primary Care.  

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 and orthopedic care, and metabolic programs to help you achieve and surpass your fitness goals.

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