Orthopedic Local News

Week 2 Q&A with Dr. Dorf: What kind of exercises should people be doing now in advance of the ski season?

Oct 19, 2018

A: Because much of what we do during the summer is straight ahead, with an emphasis on endurance and putting one foot (or pedal) in front of the other for hours at a time, we need to diversify our movement patterns. So in addition to doing specific core work (look on YouTube to see Lindsey Vonn's core workouts), agility work that includes side-to-side exercises, short sprints, trail running, or again a ski conditioning class at one of our local gyms is critical. We should also be thinking about specific stretching exercises to address tightness in areas like the hip flexors, low back, and glutes.

Week 1 Q&A with Dr. Dorf: What happens to our bodies in between ski seasons if we don't do the right exercises?

Oct 10, 2018
A: As anybody knows, the best way to get in shape for skiing or snowboarding is to ski or snowboard. The feelings of fatigue in the back, legs, and core after a long day in the season are a yearly reminder that our summer activities do not prepare us for the demands of skiing or snowboarding. Unless you are a doing a dedicated ski or snowboard conditioning class, the muscles in your glutes, low back, deep core, and lateral quads will weaken relative to the muscles you are using for biking, hiking, or running.

Team Summit and VSO prepare for 2018-2019 Season!

Sep 24, 2018

We are looking forward to another great season with Team Summit.

As the summer wraps up and winter is right around the corner we need to direct our training toward more ski specific exercises.

Here are some great ideas from Alex Bunt, Lindsey Vonn's strength and conditioning coach: https://www.skiracing.com/premium/the-bunt-effect

Enjoy the fall riding and hiking, but begin adding more of Bunts routines to your routine!

One simple way to do this is to combine a strength routine, a hike, or a bike with some balance exercises at the end of your workout. 


Road Racing Winners

Jul 9, 2018

Huge congratulations to Mack Dorf (2nd) and Ian Rogers (1st) from Vail, both placing in the Sundance Canyon Road Race in Boulder.


Summer Injury on the Mountain

Jun 28, 2018

Its summer time and the trails are open for mountain biking.  Below is a video of a young man going over the handlebars and narrowly avoiding a big collision with a tree!

The result of the crash was a clavicle fracture.

Team Day

May 18, 2018

There is one special day of the year when Dr. Dorf takes his team to Denver for some fun. Dr. Dorf and Dr. Joseph teams combined this year for some team building exercises including go kart racing, indoor sky diving, and bowling.

Dr. Erik Dorf and Orthopedic Team Kart Racing in Denver


Dr. Erik Dorf Orthopedic Team Indoor Sky Diving in Denver


Dr. Erik Dorf and Orthopedic Team Bowling in Denver

Thank you Dr. Dorf and Dr.  Joseph for Team day!

Dr. Dorf Recognized for Exceptional Work

May 4, 2018

Dr. Dorf was in the OR to help when a young skier sustained a severe injury on the ski slope. The extensive repair on the skier's wrist included: 11 tendons, 2 arteries, and 3 nerves.

https://www.vaildaily.com/entertainment/injured-skier-at-beaver-creek-saved-by-vacationing-er-doctor-on-larkspur/

A Blast from the Past

Mar 2, 2018

Dr. Dorf and one of his kiddos taking a ski lunch break. It's always good to recharge before getting back out on the slopes!

Orthopedic Dr. Erik Dorf Ski Trip with Kids

Snowboarding Crashes and Clavicle Fractures

Feb 14, 2018

Clavicle fractures are a common injury seen in our clinic. They are sustained by a fall directly onto the shoulder and can be a very painful injury.

One of our patients was able to get a video of his method of injury.


Video credit: Bobby Schubert, New Founding Media

He sustained a comminuted fracture of the midshaft of the clavicle that is 100% displaced.

Clavicle Fracture X-Ray From Orthopedic Specialist


X-ray one month after a clavicle ORIF.

Orthopedic Specialist Clavicle Fracture X-Ray

Vail Town Race Series

Jan 11, 2018

The Vail Town Races start today for recreational and professional skiers, snowboarders, and telemarkers. Every year Dr. Dorf competes in the race series proudly representing Vail-Summit Orthopaedics.

Orthopedic Specialist Vail Town Races

Dr. Dorf and the crew on race day.