Dominic Ruffolo hadn’t imagined his Freshman season this way. The University of Dayton forward, whose parents also played soccer for the Flyers, planned on continuing the family legacy and making an impact on the pitch right away. A nagging pre-season injury—caused by a combination of genetics and overuse—sent his year in a different direction however. Rather than try to play through the pain and potentially exacerbate the injury, the decision was made to have surgery over the holidays in order to minimize the number of classes missed, and then to focus on rehabilitation during the spring.
Dom headed to The Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO for surgery with Dr. Mr. Philippon, a specialist in treating hip disorders. After a successful surgery, Ruffolo began his rehabilitation with Dr. Philippon’s team, who delivered his rehabilitation protocol via AMP Recover. “I knew as soon as AMP was partnering with the Steadman Clinic that it was going to be elite, they’ve got the best of everything. The facilities out there are unreal,” he says.
Dominic remained in Vail following his surgery to begin his initial rehab and was introduced to the AMP Recover app in a clinical session. With AMP, Dom would receive his daily home exercise programs and subjective questionnaires directly to his phone. The technology aspect of his rehabilitation was an unexpected benefit, “ I was surprised. I’m used to the piece of paper or packet they give you to make sure you memorize the exercises. Using the app was cool because the video was there along with instructions for every exercise, how many reps, how many sets. It was like having a PT there with me.”
Dr. Philippon’s team utilizes AMP Recover to remotely monitor their patients as they progress through their rehabilitation, in addition to connecting the patient with their entire care team regardless of their location. Dominic’s care team included Mark Ryan, Rehab Coordinator for Dr. Philippon, and Ryan Loar, DPT form the University’s Sports Medicine Department. “It was very versatile,” Ruffolo says of the application, “I was always connected to Colorado so if I had questions I could text Mark through the app to ask for clarification, and always connected to my Dayton PT who was overseeing my rehab at school.” This stakeholder connectivity and oversight has kept Dominic’s rehab on track, moving him seamlessly from post-acute phase to his current return to play protocol.
We’re excited about Dominic’s career at Dayton, which will resume next year. To learn more about delivering orthopedic rehabilitation and return to sport protocols digitally please visit amprecover.com.