SAN DIEGO, Calif. — University of California, San Diego Health System’s Sports Medicine division has been named the Official Medical Partner of the 2013 ITU World Triathlon San Diego, slated for April 18-20, 2013, in Mission Beach.
UC San Diego Sports Medicine will provide 30 medical staff volunteers to provide medical care at the ITU World Triathlon San Diego to help prevent, and if necessary treat, any orthopaedic injuries or medical conditions. UC San Diego Health System’s physicians are among the region’s “Top Doctors” as named by the San Diego County Medical Society. The health system is ranked as the number one adult hospital in San Diego and among the nation’s best in multiple specialties by U.S. News & World Report in 2012.
“This kind of sponsorship is emblematic of UC San Diego Sports Medicine’s commitment to health. Events like the ITU World Triathlon San Diego bring our community together, encourage physical activity, training and active lifestyles and provide opportunities for people to compete in a safe and positive environment,” said Christopher Wahl, MD, chief of Sports Medicine, UC San Diego Health System. “Studies repeatedly show that exercise is unquestionably the cheapest and most powerful ‘medicine’ to promote mental and physical health.”
One of just eight ITU World Triathlon Series events around the globe in 2013, the second edition of the ITU World Triathlon San Diego will feature an Olympic-caliber elite field competing on a historic course adjacent to the birthplace of the sport.
In addition to the elite races, the event features top-flight Olympic- and sprint-distance age-group races, as well as an Olympic-distance relay and an aquabike event, offering amateurs the chance to compete in the same epic venue as the world’s best athletes. The 2013 ITU World Triathlon San Diego also serves as the USA Triathlon Club National Championships.
Nearly 2,100 amateur triathletes from ages 14-to-90-years-old from 42 states and 16 countries competed at the 2012 ITU World Triathlon San Diego.
Visit sandiego.triathlon.org for more information on the 2013 event.
About University of California, San Diego Health System
Launched in 1966, UC San Diego Health System is the region’s only academic health system, with a mission of providing excellent and compassionate patient care, advancing medical discoveries and educating future health care professionals. It comprises UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest, UC San Diego Thornton Hospital, Moores Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Center, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center and Jacobs Medical Center (slated to open in 2015) in La Jolla, as well as other primary and specialty practices of UC San Diego Medical Group.
The specialty trained orthopedic surgeons and nonsurgical sports medicine specialists at UC San Diego Health System are on the cutting edge of innovation, with access to the latest technological advances, diagnostic techniques and treatment strategies. UC San Diego Sports Medicine specialists include primary care physicians, specializing in sports medicine, as well as orthopedic surgeons trained in advanced, minimally-invasive surgical techniques. Patients benefit from a multi-disciplinary team approach geared toward making the correct diagnosis, treating the injury and identifying and minimizing underlying causative factors.