(Credit: United States Sports Academy 2011)
Dr. Frank R. Noyes, a world-renowned orthopedic surgeon who specializes in knee problems, received his award as the 2010 United States Sports Academy’s Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine winner.
Dr. Noyes was honored during a Sports Medicine Seminar on Tuesday May 31, 2011, at the Westin Resort in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Dr. Marty Avant, an Academy National Faculty member and well-known American physical educator, presented the award.
The study by Dr. Noyes of knee ligament injuries, effects of immobility, biomechanics, injury prevention, and diagnosis and treatment of serious knee disorders began more than 35 years ago as an orthopaedic surgeon in the United States Air Force and it has changed the face of sports medicine and orthopaedics. Today, the Cincinnati SportsMedicine and Orthopaedic Center, which Dr. Noyes founded in 1981, draws athletes, workers and people from all over the world who seek his specialized care.
The Academy’s Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award is named in honor of the former Olympic athlete, international sports medicine scholar and director of the University of Kentucky Rehabilitation Center. The annual award goes to an individual whose contributions through practice and scholarly activity lead to the growth and development of sport medicine. This individual also exhibits a mastery of an aspect of sports medicine through practice or research, is well known in the sports medicine field and practices ethical behavior in pursuit of knowledge.
Besides continuing to do outstanding research, Dr. Noyes teaches. He is a clinical professor at the University of Cincinnati, where he started the first sports medicine program in 1975. He also established the Noyes-Giannestras Biomechanics Laboratories within the university’s College of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and serves as an adjunct professor there. Both laboratories have earned international and national recognition.
Dr. Noyes established one of the first sports medicine fellowship programs in the United States at the University of Cincinnati, and more than 125 orthopaedic surgeons have graduated from the program and practice orthopaedics at some of the nation’s top institutions.
There are many research projects he is leading at Cincinnati SportsMedicine and some of them include the prevention of knee injuries in female athletes, refining the surgical procedure to reconstruct the posterior cruciate ligament, developing treatment options for young patients with a damaged meniscus, repairing and transplanting articular cartilage in the knee, and improving the outcome for patients who require revision knee ligament surgery.