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Excelsior Runners Program - STRIDES

Striving To Reduce Injuries During - Endurance - Sports (STRIDES)

“Roughly 85% of all runners will incur a running related injury each year. 70% of those injuries will be severe enough to limit their training for greater than one week. Proper diagnosis and treatment are critical to ensure an injured runner will be able to return to pre-injury level of performance and avoid future injuries”.

- Matthew Alessi, PT

Who We Are:

STRIDESTM by Excelsior Sports Medicine is a dedicated team of sports medicine physicians, certified athletic trainers, physical therapists and sports performance experts. Our team offers expertise in the evaluation and treatment of injuries suffered by athletes (novice to elite professionals) related to running and other endurance sports. We take pride in being WNY’s premier injured runner program. Our team offers years of experience coupled with progressive techniques in clinical evaluation, diagnosis, rehabilitation and training all custom tailored for the individual athlete to speed recovery and mitigate the risk of future injuries. Our team takes time to understand your individual needs, and to develop a treatment plan that addresses these needs. We embrace an educational and preventative approach.


“It makes us very proud to see a patient fully recover and get back out on the field with confidence!” 

-Todd Lorenc, MD, CAQSM


Injured Runner Evaluation: 

Each injured runner undergoes a comprehensive injury evaluation performed by our team of sports medicine physicians, certified athletic trainers, physical therapists and sports performance experts:

  • Medical history review
  • Orthopaedic examination (i.e. strength, flexibility, balance, joint mobility, skeletal alignment & foot structure)
  • Appropriate diagnostic imaging
  • Functional movements
  • Biomechanical assessment
  • Podiatric Review
  • Gait and Running mechanics evaluation (video)

“Once an initial evaluation has been completed we review all results and findings with the athlete to determine the best treatment options. Our team will work with the injured athlete to develop a customized treatment program that fits the needs of the runner. We offer a comprehensive rehabilitation program and training advice to ensure a safe return to running and mitigate the risk of future injuries.”

– Jason Matuszak, MD, FAAFP, CAQSM

Our Services: 

  • Comprehensive Evaluation
  • Customized physical therapy programs designed to achieve fast & safe recoveries *
  • Excelsior Sports Training (EST) Programs
  • Video gait analysis with form and technique review
  • Injury prevention workshops & training programs
  • Footwear consultation
  • Therapeutic Taping

*If it is determined that an athlete will need physical therapy, our injured runner team will develop a tailored program aimed at maximizing the athletes recovery potential. Results will vary and are established on a case-by-case basis.  


Our Approach:

“Our multidisciplinary team works in close collaboration to design and implement your treatment plan, which ensures that it is based not only on your current condition, but also on all other relevant medical considerations.”

– Josette Fisher, PT, ATC, CSCS


STRIDESTM by Excelsior Sports Medicine is an ancillary service offered by Excelsior Orthopaedics, LLP. As such, any injured athlete who comes through our injured runner program will also have access to the skills, expertise and services offered by the entire Excelsior Orthopaedic team:

  • Sports Medicine
  • Excelsior sports training & performance development
  • Physical & occupational therapy
  • General & specialty orthopaedic care
  • Advanced imaging with MRI and musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Durable medical equipment with experienced staff to assist in finding the right sports performance products
  • Hip, Knee & Leg center
  • Foot & ankle center
  • Sports concussion center
  • Buffalo Surgery Center
  • Hand center



STRIDESTM by Excelsior Sports Medicine is committed to our WNY community. In conjunction with other organizations we help support local athletes and promote the healthy participation in endurance sports. Our sports medicine team is very involved with community events and often takes part in runs and provides educational workshops aimed at creating awareness of our services and educating athletes:

  • Running Injury informational sessions
  • Proper running technique & form workshop
  • Injury prevention workshop


What Makes STRIDESTM by Excelsior Sports Medicine Different: 

From our top notch facilities to our experienced and dedicated providers, STRIDESTM offers any injured athlete piece-of-mind with our comprehensive and tailored treatment approach. Additionally, we offer: 

  • State-of-the-art care delivered by collaborative professionals with patient comfort and confidence as our top priority, all under one roof
  • Comprehensive Sports Medicine services: X-ray, MRI, physical therapy, Musculoskeletal Screening, MSK ultrasound and Gait Analysis
  • Individual evaluation and treatment by experienced sports medicine providers
  • Community outreach and collaboration with the area’s premier running organizations

To make an appointment with our sports medicine team or to learn more about our programs, please call 716-250-6539  or send us an email at :

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Injury-related evaluations and services are billed to your insurance company, non-injury related services will be billed on a fee-for-service basis, all pricing will be provided in advance.  


Jason Matuszak, MD, FAAFP, CAQSM, Todd Lorenc, MD, CAQSM, John Hurley, DPM, Josette A. Fisher, PT, ATC, CSCS, Matthew Alessi, PT, Donna Crum, ATC, LMT, Chris Stawitz, Physician Extender to Dr. Matuszak.

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