New Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center to share space and partner with Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx in Minneapolis

To meet the growing demand for orthopedic expertise among patients with diverse goals — from general fitness to functional rehabilitation and professional performance enhancement — Mayo Clinic is opening a new 20,000-square-foot Sports Medicine Center in downtown Minneapolis in partnership with two professional basketball teams, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx. Located on the third floor of a now-defunct building at 600 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, the newly remodeled shared-space facility will be named Mayo Clinic Square. It is adjacent to the Target Center and Target Field and scheduled to open in the fall of 2014.

Under the partnership, the teams will also develop a new practice facility at the site — including four practice courts — and the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center specialists will be the preferred provider of medical care. Mayo Clinic specialists will diagnose, treat and rehabilitate musculoskeletal injuries, as well as implement programs for optimal conditioning, performance and injury prevention. The teams' marketing platforms will help Mayo Clinic provide public education on a variety of wellness topics, including nutrition and physical fitness.

Collaboration is key

Collaboration with the Timberwolves and Lynx will utilize the teams' international reach to educate the public on health and wellness topics, according to Michael J. Stuart, M.D., of Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota. He is Sports Medicine Center co-director, as well as USA Hockey chief medical officer and U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team physician, most recently in Sochi, Russia.

"This partnership provides an excellent opportunity to extend the Mayo Model of Care to Twin Cities residents," Dr. Stuart explains. "We're also thrilled to have the privilege of interacting closely with world-class athletes of the Timberwolves and Lynx with the goal of helping them optimize performance and avoid injury. Through our relationship with these fine athletes, we hope to inspire the public to learn more about evidence-based fitness and health practices."

Adds Edward R. Laskowski, M.D., of Mayo Clinic in Rochester and co-director, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center: "We are proud to provide a team of renowned clinical experts, including orthopedic and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, who care for elite level professional and Olympic athletes. We want to have this same level of care available to meet the fitness and performance needs of all ages and types of athletes, and for individuals interested in improving general fitness." The new center will be similar to the new 25,000-square-foot Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center expansion at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Advanced services

Mayo staff on-site will include physicians who specialize in orthopedics and physical medicine and rehabilitation. Other staff members include physical therapists, athletic trainers, and strength and conditioning experts. A Mayo Clinic employee will be available to help navigate scheduling for patients seeking to integrate their sports medicine work-up with integrated care at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, 80 miles south of the new center.

Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center offerings include:

  • Sports injury evaluation and treatment
  • Sport-specific training and conditioning
  • Health and well-being programs
  • Diagnostic imaging, including digital radiographs, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Injury prevention
  • Performance-solution programs for elite and amateur athletes
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Ongoing orthopedic and sports medicine research

Notes John T. Wald, M.D., of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, the radiologist and medical director for the project's marketing and public affairs efforts: "The partnership reflects Mayo's strong commitment to serving the needs of patients in the Twin Cities and our core value of sharing knowledge to improve people's health and wellness around the nation and world."