By Nelson Coffin
Towson Sports Medicine has the backs — not to mention shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, knees and ankles — of all the players in the IAAM lacrosse championships for the A (7 p.m.), B (5 p.m.) and C (3 p.m.) conferences on Saturday at Archbishop Spalding.
And according to Brian Perez, head athletic trainer, TSM is a willing and enthusiastic proponent of helping to showcase the elite athletes playing for teams of all three conferences in their bids to win titles.
“From my standpoint, from the sports medicine perspective, TSM sees a great value in what the IAAM is all about,” Perez said. “We are just really happy to be a part of it.”
Although TSM already boasts a high profile in the area for the work it has done with prep athletes since its inception in 1981, partnering with the IAAM since 2012 to sponsor the lacrosse finals has helped to keep the organization’s name in the spotlight.
“It buys us a lot of local exposure, and, obviously, the women’s game is hugely popular in the area,” he added. “The IAAM has some of the best players in the country.”
During its long association with local athletes, TSM has grown to the point where it now has four locations — two in Towson, and one each in Cockeysville and Bel Air with another office being considered.
“We are here to serve the pediatric and adolescent population,” said Perez, noting that TSM patients also have access to, and may be treated by, 19 physicians from Towson Orthopaedic Associates.
TSM also has nine certified athletic trainers, 13 physician’s assistants and nurse practitioners and 14 physical therapists on its staff, with access to occupational therapists and a certified hand therapist.
“We are expanding our specialties and sub-specialties so we can provide more comprehensive care for our community,” Perez said.
Sue Thompson, IAAM executive director, admires the synergy between the IAAM and TSM.
“It is a true pleasure to work with Brian Perez and Towson Sports Medicine,” she said. “We appreciate their title sponsorship of the IAAM Lacrosse Championships, this weekend, and their support to many of our IAAM schools throughout the year. It is a natural fit and a great partnership.”