• Is it too HOT to exercise outside? Don't let the HEAT kill you

    Your body's heat source is a combination of internal metabolic function and environmental conditions (temperature and humidity).  Two common ways of heat loss occur through peripheral vasodilation of your blood vessels and sweating.  Hyperthemia results when the body's inability... Read more
  • An introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

  • Could I Have Plantar Fasciitis?

    Plantar Fasciitis is a common foot ailment that plagues 10%-16% of the population.  The majority of people who present with heel pain will have the condition.What is plantar fasciitis?Plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue inside the foot.   It begins in the heel and extends... Read more
  • Do you want an EDGE on your competitors?

    Why is protein important?Aerobic exercises, especially endurance training, can be stressful on the human body by causing repeated muscle breakdown and rebuilding.  The rebuilding process is the body's natural reaction to current stress level by adapting and becoming ... Read more
  • Trouble with your endurance? It could be due to low glycogen stores

    What is glycogen?Glycogen is a stored from of glucose. Carbohydrates are broken down into smaller sugars like glucose, fructose, and galactose. Any glucose that is not needed right away is stored as glycogen. This is why carbohydrates are one of the most important sources of energy for athletes.... Read more
  • Experiencing dizziness after a workout?

    If you feel faint or lightheaded after an intense workout, one possibility is neurocardiogenic syncope. What is neurocardiogenic syncope?Syncope (fainting) is due to reduced blood circulation in the brain and has two main causes, cardiac arrhythmias and neurocardiogenic. Neurocardiogenic... Read more
  • How do I know if I have low T?

    What exactly is testosterone and what does it do for me?Testosterone is a sex hormone that plays a significant rule during puberty. It is behind developing male physical features, it maintains muscle strength and mass, facial and body hair, and a deeper voice. Testosterone also affects men's... Read more

Welcome to Scottsdale Sports Medicine Institute!


Comprehensive Medical Care for the Athlete.  From the elite physiology of a Professional athlete to the severe medically ill, Dr Carfagno manages the spectrum of your health.  Created in a unique setting of Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine, along with a Metabolic  Physiological Lab, SSMI Redefines Primary Care.  

At Scottsdale Sports Medicine, it doesn’t matter if you’re a professional or a dedicated amateur--we believe every athlete deserves top of the line care. Dr. David Carfagno and his team are ready to help you take your health and fitness to the next level with a state of the art facility, cutting edge treatments and trusted techniques. We offer comprehensive care for the complete athlete, sports injury treatments including impact testing and orthopedic care, and metabolic programs to help you achieve and surpass your fitness goals.

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