Benefits world-class athletes, weekend warriors alike
The University of Colorado and Boulder Community Health announce today’s
opening of the CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center on the Boulder campus.
The state-of-the-art facility in the new Champions Center at Folsom Field
will enable the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Boulder
Community Health – longtime partners on community health issues
– to provide people across the Front Range and beyond with unprecedented
access to world-class sports medicine and performance improvement services.
“This dynamic partnership among CU-Boulder, the CU School of Medicine
and Boulder Community Health will strengthen the health and wellness of
the Boulder community and be a dynamic resource to the elite athletes
of our region for decades to come,” said CU-Boulder Chancellor Philip
The Sports Medicine and Performance Center is open to the public, including
people of all ages and all levels of ability, from elite athletes to those
recovering from injuries or embracing a healthier lifestyle.
The center is housed on the entire second floor of the five-story Champions
Center. Once the Champions Center is fully open, it will house the CU
football program, several other Buffalo varsity sport teams and the athletic
administration and ticket office. It is located on the northwest corner
of the CU-Boulder campus adjacent to the Dal Ward Athletic Center.
Specialty services offered by the CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center
include: medical evaluation and treatment of sports injuries; advanced
medical imaging; physical therapy; performance sciences, including physiological
and metabolic testing; gait analysis; sports nutrition; body composition
testing; bike fitting; biologic healing modalities; sports-specific biomechanical
analysis; concussion management; performance coaching; patient education
services and an exercise physiology lab.
The CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center features a flume pool, allowing
for swim stroke analysis, physiological swim testing as well as aquatic
therapy and the latest MRI technology.
Care at the center is delivered in partnership with the University of Colorado
School of Medicine and Boulder Community Health. CU School of Medicine
faculty members within the departments of Family Medicine, Physical Medicine
and Rehabilitation and Orthopedics have long served CU-Boulder athletes
as team physicians in coordination with the CU Athletics Department.
“The CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center will provide serious
athletes, weekend warriors and local citizens striving to stay active
with access to rehabilitation and performance improvement services usually
reserved for professional and Olympic athletes,” said Dr. Robert
Vissers, BCH president and CEO. “We expect athletes from across
Colorado and neighboring states to come to Boulder to take advantage of
this unique center.”
John Reilly Jr., dean of the CU School of Medicine and president of University
Physicians Inc., said Boulder – being a health and wellness hub
– is the perfect location.
“I am thrilled to be co-located within the Champions Center where
our team from the CU School of Medicine and Boulder Community Health will
come together to provide innovative evidence-based sports and performance
medicine to athletes of all ages,” Reilly said.
In the future, the CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center plans to provide
research opportunities for students, professional degree programs in integrated
medicine and physiology, training camps and events. The center also plans
to serve student-athletes and training staff from local high schools and
to educate the community on issues of injury prevention, concussion management
“It is the vision of the CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center
to be a community, regional, national and international destination for
athletes and active people who seek the highest quality of medicine and
science to optimize their peak performance and quality of life,”
said Eric Medved, executive director of the center.
Medved also said it is his goal that the CU Sports Medicine and Performance
Center becomes the trusted source of information and resources related
to human performance and sports medicine in the Rocky Mountain West.
A community grand opening celebration of the CU Sports Medicine and Performance
Center will be held in early October. Learn more at