About Dr Eric Small 2017-11-14T18:58:48+00:00

About Dr Eric Small     ERIC SMALL MD:

How long have you been practicing Sports Medicine?

I have been practicing Primary Care Sports Medicine for over 20 years and began when there were few physicians in the field. In the beginning there was little understanding of injury prevention/management and return to play protocols.

How did you become interested in Sports Medicine?

I played varsity baseball and tennis in high school. I also played varsity tennis at Haverford College.

In high school I was a pitcher with elbow problems and was told never to pitch again. I always knew there had to be a better way.

My four sons are all athletes. Two played College Tennis. One currently plays baseball in college and my youngest son plays varsity baseball. I stay current through them and with all my college athlete patients.

What is the main difference between Sports Medicine and Orthopedics?

I see sports injuries, all day long, period. I also do not do surgery. The main focus of sports medicine is to recover as quickly as possible so the athlete can return to play quickly, and better than before. Most sports injuries do not require surgery, so the expertise that comes along with someone who sees these types of injuries all day is invaluable to patients. Many sports injuries can be healed with exercise or some additional therapies.

Who Are your Patients?

My patients come from all over the Tri-State area, with many patients coming from out of state. They are athletes who are are injured. There are also patients who come to me looking for a second opinion, since they still are in pain or have a lingering injury. Many are college students  come home to see me and the office will fit them in.

How does Concussion Medicine fit into Sports Medicine?

Kids getting injured while playing sports, definitely falls into the realm of Sports Medicine. I have been treating athletes with concussions from the beginning of my practice, over 20 years ago. This was way before any one else understood the implications of a young person with a concussion. Also, there often are other injuries involved, such as a neck or back injury. All of this is wrapped under sports medicine and best treated by someone who has experience in all these injuries at once.

Where did you do your training?

I completed two Sports Medicine fellowships:

  1.    Harvard ‘s Boston Children’s Hospital
  2.    MacMaster University in Ontario, Canada

What advice can you give athletes today?

Have fun with your sport. Optimize your performance by using proper strength and conditioning techniques, eating and hydrating properly, and do not ignore pain and injuries.

About Eric Small MD– is the #1 name in Sports Medicine, with over twenty years of experience. His practice is dedicated to Primary Care Sports Medicine.

Dr Eric Small completed two Sports Medicine fellowships: 1-Harvard’s Boston Children’s Hospital and 2-MacMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Small graduated from Haverford College with a BS in biology. He is Assistant Clinical Professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City in Orthopedics and Pediatrics.

He is school physician for numerous high schools and colleges where he sets policy regarding sports injury management and return to play protocols.

Dr. Small is an avid athlete, having played varsity baseball and tennis in high school and varsity tennis at Haverford College. He currently plays competitive tennis. He is an avid jogger and fitness enthusiast.

Dr. Small has four sons. Two played college tennis and one currently plays college baseball. The youngest son plays baseball in high school. They remain injury free.

Best Sports Medicine Physician:

New York Magazine-2007-present 2017

Westchester Magazine- 2007-present 2017

Metro Physician- 2010-present 2017

Hudson Valley Parent- 2016