The Department of Orthopedics at the CU School of Medicine, in partnership with UCHealth, has become the title sponsor of the competitive Colorado Storm Soccer Association (CSSA). Colorado Storm is one of the oldest and largest soccer organizations in Colorado. Since its inception in 1967, Colorado Storm has coordinated soccer programs for girls and boys ages 3 through 18 within four regional clubs along the Front Range, processing more than 80,000 applications for both recreational and competitive programs.

This partnership comes at an ideal time as the Department of Orthopedics is experiencing a high rate of growth.“Adding this partnership to our portfolio positions the orthopedics department for a high level of exposure in the southern market and we look forward to strategically growing this relationship with Colorado Storm over the next five years”, said David Kaplan, Orthopedics Department Finance Administrator.

CU Orthopedics will provide an athletic trainer for side-line care to all Colorado Storm competitive teams. There are a number of benefits to having a fully integrated on-site trainer. Athletes will receive top-notch clinical oversight similar to a collegiate program. Colorado Storm athletes will receive faster intervention of injury during play, continuity of care from the moment of injury and access to the highly specialized providers from the CU Department of Orthopedics and the Sports Medicine Program encompassing Family Medicine, the Emergency Department and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

The partnership between Colorado Storm and CU Orthopedics will be a special one. Kaplan notes, “Becoming a sponsor uniquely positions us to focus on injury prevention with these young athletes and ultimately care for them at the appropriate location when an injury does occur.  The Sports Medicine team across the School of Medicine has the expertise and experience to take care of the Storm athletes similar to the way we cover Denver University and Colorado University Athletics.”