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Nets, HSS further relationship with opening of medical facility at training center

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On Friday, the Hospital for Special Surgery, already the Nets official hospital, opened a new medical facility inside the Industry City building that houses the Nets training facility and the team’s business offices.

The opening further cements the relationship between the Nets and HSS. In addition to being the official hospital of the Nets, HSS holds the naming rights to the Nets training center and is the presenting sponsor of the Long Island Nets. HSS has treated Nets players since 2004.

The 14,000 square foot facility called HSS Brooklyn will have primary care sports medicine physicians, adult and pediatric rheumatologists, adult and pediatric orthopedic surgeons one floor —12 steps— below the basketball courts at the Nets training facility. The new facility will be located on the same floor as the Nets business offices.

If will offer immediate access to care for acute sports injuries, said the hospital. The services will be available to the Brooklyn community as well as the team.

Said a team insider, the facility will permit immediate care for Nets players who suffer an injury at the training center. Rather than being taken to a local hospital for an MRI or other tests, the player will simply be taken downstairs to the new HSS facility. Bottom line: the facility will provide even more resources for the players and performance team ... and add to the team’s already sterling reputation for player care.

“Having direct access to a new state-of-the-art outpatient orthopedic facility at our own training center will only add to the already world-class care our players receive from our performance team, along with doctors and staff at HSS,” said Sean Marks. “HSS doctors are leaders in their respective fields and having them bring that level of expertise to Brooklyn will be tremendously beneficial to both our team and the Brooklyn community.”

According to an HSS press release, board-certified physical therapists will offer a broad spectrum of contemporary exercise interventions with manual and soft-tissue techniques to treat conditions related to the spine, knee and hip joints and sports related injuries.

“I’ve been caring for the Brooklyn Nets for 15 years. With this new home base, we have an incredible opportunity to also expand access for this dynamic community,” said Riley J. Williams III, MD, medical director of HSS Brooklyn and the Nets. “We are especially excited to offer sports performance at this location, which allows quick patient access and direct booking.”

The facility staff will be integrated with the Nets performance team, which includes directors of sports medicine and sports science and physical development coach.

HSS has been caring for the Brooklyn Nets since 2004. The Nets HSS Training Center opened in February 2016.