Chicago Center for Orthopedics Sports Medicine and the Chicago Bandits

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Since 2012, orthopedic and sports medicine experts from Vanguard Chicago Center for Orthopedics (CCO) have provided medical care to the Chicago Bandits women’s pro softball team, making the CCO the exclusive healthcare provider for the team’s athletes. The partnership is part of the CCO’s overall commitment to improve the health of the community by caring for both professional players and amateur athletes.

The Chicago Bandits
Founded in the fall of 2004, the Chicago Bandits are part of the National Pro Fastpitch league. The National Pro Fastpitch league (NPF), formerly the Women's Pro Softball League, provides family entertainment for people of all ages and showcases the top talent in fastpitch softball today. The league strives to entertain and provide positive role models for young people. NPF demonstrates work ethic, dedication and love for the sport of fast pitch softball. The Chicago Bandits team plays in a brand new stadium in Rosemont, Ill.

To keep the Chicago Bandits athletes as healthy as possible, the CCO's sports medicine specialists provide patient-centric care and expertise. As the CCO strives to build on its commitment to educate surrounding communities about healthy lifestyles and fitness, player and mascot appearances at Weiss throughout the season will help promote the importance of physical activity and its role in health for life among hospital employees and patients. Check the Chicago Bandits website for more information and game schedules.

The Sports Medicine Experts at Weiss
CCO orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians—with affiliations at Chicago’s finest academic and research facilities, including the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois and Loyola University Chicago—provide Chicago Bandits team members with medical care to ensure their long-term health and viability as professional athletes. CCO already boasts high patient, physician and employee satisfaction scores—among the highest in the nation—illustrating the dedication behind the expertise.

This medical partnership not only keeps the outstanding Chicago Bandits athletes healthy and at top performance, but also serves as a vehicle for outreach to competitive and recreational athletes of all levels, from professionals to weekend warriors. Through interaction with the community and ongoing education, our goal is to improve injury prevention and even injury care with minimally invasive or arthroscopic surgery.

New techniques in hip arthroscopy, rotator cuff repair and ACL reconstruction have enabled athletes with injuries in the shoulder, hip or knee to rapidly recover, return to sports and get on with their lives. CCO's Sports Medicine team provides the right balance between preventive care, individual athlete/patient understanding and leading edge techniques.

Learn more about the Sports Medicine Program at Weiss.