Meet Our W&S Open Team: Michael Donaworth, MD

UC Health physician Michael Donaworth, MD, has been co-director of player medical services for the Western & Southern Open since 2014, when UC Health began providing medical care to the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) players.

Donaworth is also a primary care sports medicine physician and a team physician to the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, which means he is specifically-qualified to cover general care as well as orthopaedic concerns. He is also an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the UC College of Medicine.

In addition to their professional training, the medical staff prepares for the tennis tournament by taking courses about drug testing and banned substances, and participating in pre-tournament international conference calls and several onsite walk-throughs.

During the eight-day tournament, Donaworth acts as a primary care physician for the athletes, their families, and their travel teams. He also acts as a first responder for any emergent injuries or medical issues on the court.

Typically, Donaworth and the medical team arrive on the grounds about an hour prior to the first match. They meet with physicians from both the ATP and WTA and review any athlete concerns.

Donaworth and the medical team are stationed in the physicians’ office for the remainder of the day, seeing athletes on a walk-in basis. Tournament physicians carry radios that connect them with the chair umpires at each court and can provide ultrasound imaging, return-to-play clearance, evaluation of injuries and other medical conditions.

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