Orthopaedic Research Laboratory: Sports Medicine

Whether a high-energy rupture of the ACL in a linebacker or a chronic tear of the rotator cuff in a star baseball pitcher, sports-related injuries and their repairs provide constant challenges to physicians, engineers, and scientists alike.

To understand the mechanisms of both injury and regeneration more accurately, the Sports Medicine division of Orthopaedic Research at Beaumont is performing diverse research ranging from surgical outcomes assessing post-operative strength to improving grafting techniques, tissue engineering-based drug delivery, as well as biomechanical analyses of articulating joints to hone in on the causes of osteoarthritis.

The mission of the Sports Medicine division is to work closely with Orthopaedic Surgeons to characterize pathologies in the orthopaedic realm and move one step closer to ridding patients of debilitating outcomes due to these injuries.

Current Research Projects

  • Post-operative Repair Appearance and Strength after Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Ulnar fixation in Elbow Ligament Reconstruction
  • Biologically-enhanced Microfracture Surgery
  • Cellulose-based Drug Delivery System for Rotator Cuff Regeneration
  • Biomechanics and Geometry of the Shoulder Joint and how they relate to Osteoarthritis
  • Improved Healing of the ACL using Growth Factors
  • Changes in Vascularity following two types of Rotator Cuff Repairs
  • Agreement in the Radiographic Evaluation of Acromioclavicular Dislocations
  • Characterization and Inhibition of Matrixmetalloproteinase Release from Platelet Rich Plasma
  • Tissue engineering-based regeneration of the Intervertebral Disc

To conduct such a large variety of research, many important techniques are utilized. These include the synthesis of novel polymer biomaterials, quantification of biological substances using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and immuno-based assays such as multiplexing bead arrays or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs), qualitative and quantitative analysis of biomaterials, biologic substances, cells, and tissues using light microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, confocal microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy, biomechanical testing of tissues and constructs using servohydraulic and electromechanical testing systems, tissue and cell culture, wear simulation of implants, and several others.

Collaboration with local, national, and international academic institutions is a major interest of the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory as this enables cutting-edge research applying many areas of engineering, biology, chemistry, and general medicine.

For more information, please contact:

Tristan Maerz, M.S.
Research Engineer
Director, Sports Medicine Research
Phone: 248-551-6281