Dr. J. Kristopher Ware

Sports Health

As a Connecticut native, Dr. Ware grew up in Glastonbury and attended the University of Connecticut. There he graduated ...More summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science followed by a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. He later earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from MGH Institute in Boston. He went into practice as a physical therapist treating sports related injuries and guiding patients in their post-operative rehabilitation. During that time, he served as a clinical instructor for physical therapy students, developed evidence-based treatment guidelines, provided lectures on advances in treatment of sports injuries at regional conferences, and participated in clinical research. After 6 years, with the encouragement of his orthopaedic surgeon mentors, he decided to follow his heart and applied to medical school.Dr. Ware attended the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, Vermont. While there he was awarded the Nathaniel Gould award for outstanding achievement in orthopedic surgery. He was also inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. After graduation he returned to Connecticut to complete his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Connecticut.Dr. Ware’s background in physical therapy and his passion for treatment of sports related injuries led him to obtain sub-specialty training through the Brown University Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship. There he trained with prominent sports medicine specialists treating complex knee ligament and cartilage injuries, various shoulder conditions, and athletic hip injuries. He also served as the team physician for Brown University Division 1 Athletics and the Providence Bruins professional hockey team. His research focus has included treatment of shoulder instability, ACL and other knee ligament injuries, and meniscus injuries.Dr. Ware’s practice includes treatment of a wide spectrum of high school, college, and professional athletic injuries, as well as recreational and occupational injuries. He performs advanced arthroscopic techniques for the shoulder, hip, and knee. He is specifically interested in the treatment of rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, knee ligament tears, articular cartilage injuries, meniscal tears, femoroacetabular impingement and hip labrum tears.Dr. Ware is married with a son. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, snowboarding and mountain biking....Less

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An Active Spring? Here’s How to Avoid Injury

Warm weather is here – finally! With spring comes outdoor exercise – and with that comes sport-related injuries. Dr. Kristopher Ware is an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist with the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute. Q: What are the most common sports-related injuries? A: During the spring season overuse injuries...

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What Do Winter Olympics, NE Ski Slopes Have in Common? These Injuries.

By Kevin Hunt The medal count at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics begins this weekend. So does the injury count. At the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, medical staff reported 391 injuries among the 2,780 athletes from 88 countries. That’s more injuries than medals (294). The 14 percent injury rate — 14...