Meet our Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgeon Team

Marc F. Matarazzo, M.D.
Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery


Dr. Matarazzo is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopy. He specializes in complex shoulder, hip and knee injuries using minimally invasive techniques including smaller incisions and arthroscopy.

After earning his medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Matarazzo completed his general surgery internship and orthopedic surgery residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University. He then completed a fellowship in sports medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, where he served as Assistant Team Physician for the New York Jets and New York Islanders, as well as for the Hofstra University and Hunter College Athletic Departments.

Dr. Matarazzo is the Director of our Sports Medicine department. He currently serves as the team physician for Palm Beach Atlantic University, Palm Beach State College, Park Vista High School, Boynton Beach High School, Village Academy and Santaluces Community High School. Dr. Matarazzo is also a golf medicine expert with a comprehensive understanding of the game. He is certified by the Titleist Performance Institute, which is the world’s leading educational organization and research facility dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing.
Gus J. Leotta III. M.D.
Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Surgery


Gus J Leotta III, MD is an Orthopedic Surgeon who subspecializes in sports medicine. He earned his undergraduate degree from M.I.T. in 1995 and his MD from the University of California San Francisco in 1999.

He completed his Orthopedic Internship and the majority of his residency at Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia before deploying twice to Iraq as a battalion surgeon with the 1st Armored Division and as the medical director of detainee operations in the 101st Airborne, Division.

After completing his Army service at the rank of Major, Dr Leotta moved from his last duty station in Heidelberg, Germany to New York City where he completed his orthopedic residency at SUNY Downstate.

Afterwards he completed a fellowship in sports medicine at UNZ Sports Medicine Institute in Coral Gables. There he was part FIU athletics and the Florida Panther NHL team serving as the team physician. He specializes in Knee, Shoulder, Hip Fractures and Trauma injuries.




Overuse Injuries in Athletes

Overuse Injuries in the Athlete
Participation in sports and physical activity account for a significant portion of injuries in the United States. While anyone can experience an overuse injury, athletes are particularly prone to them due to the intensity and duration of their workouts. Learn more about overuse injuries in the athlete, what causes them, and how they are diagnosed and treated.
What Is an Overuse Injury?
There are two main types of sports injuries: acute injuries and overuse injuries. An acute injury, such as a wrist fracture or ankle sprain, is typically the result of a single traumatic event. An overuse injury, also known as a repetitive strain injury (RSI), is any type of joint or muscle injury that is caused by repetitive trauma, such as tennis elbow or shin splints. Overuse injuries are the result of repetitive trauma to the bones, tendons, and joints. RSIs are usually subtle and occur over a period of time.
Why Do Overuse Injuries Occur?
Overuse injuries are typically caused by training errors that involve a rapid increase in the frequency, duration, or intensity of a repetitive motion. For athletes, overuse injuries can occur when they try to do too much too soon or when a movement is repeated over a prolonged period of time. Some people are more prone to overuse injuries than others. Body alignment and imbalances between flexibility and strength around certain joints make some individuals more prone to injuries than others.
Overuse Injuries of the Arms and Legs
Overuse injuries often affect an athlete’s arms and legs. RSIs affecting the legs include shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, runner’s knee, and jumper’s knee. Overuse injuries of the arms include lateral and medial epicondylitis (more commonly known as backhand and forehand tennis elbow), pitching elbow, and swimmer’s shoulder.
Preventing Overuse Injuries in Athletes
Many overuse injuries can be prevented with correct training methods. It is important to listen to your body’s cues and allow your body adequate time for recovery. It is also essential to warm up and cool down properly before and after physical activity. In addition, staying hydrated throughout your workout is essential. If your body sweats without rehydrating, it will lose strength, resulting in you feeling weaker and increasing your risk of injury. Here are more  injury prevention tips for physical activity .
Diagnosis and Treatment of Overuse Injuries
Because RSIs are more subtle and occur over a period of time, they can be more challenging to diagnose than acute injuries. To properly diagnose an overuse injury, it is best to consult with a sports medicine specialist who can perform a thorough physical examination. In some cases, X-rays need to be taken, and additional tests like an MRI or bone scan are needed. A sports medicine specialist can create a detailed, customized treatment plan for your specific condition.
Injury Care with the Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County
From simple sprains to complex surgeries, the Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County has been treating the South Florida community for over 65 years. We offer the finest orthopedic and podiatric care by incorporating the latest developments in procedures and equipment. If you are suffering from an overuse injury,  contact the Orthopedic Center of Palm Beach County today . We are committed to providing compassionate and personalized care to help you recover.

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Lake Worth Office:
180 JFK Drive
Suite 100
Atlantis, FL 33462
 
Boynton Beach Office:
10275 Hagen Ranch Road
Suite 200
Boynton Beach, FL 33437
 
Wellington Office:
1221 South State Rd 7
Suite 200
Wellington, FL 33414
 
Main Number for all offices: 561.967.6500