Rough Riders Name Stony Brook Orthopaedic Associates as Official Team Physicians

Long Island Rough Riders Name Stony Brook Orthopaedic Associates as Official Team Physicians

Uniondale, NY, June 22, 2022 — The Long Island Rough Riders, a United Soccer League franchise, has announced Stony Brook Orthopaedic Associates (SBOA) as their official healthcare provider for the 2022 season.

Stony Brook Orthopaedic Associates, a practice of Stony Brook Medicine, will provide Certified Athletic Trainers (also known as ATCs) for the Rough Riders pre-professional men’s and women’s soccer teams throughout the upcoming season.    

“We are excited to partner with Stony Brook Orthopaedic Associates,” said Peter Zaratin, Rough Riders Chief Executive Officer. “Our ultimate goal is to strengthen the game of soccer on Long Island and by collaborating with Stony Brook Orthopaedics, we believe this is the perfect opportunity to do so by bringing the utmost care and professionalism to our athletes.”    

“It is great to get involved in the soccer community at both the pre-professional and youth level,” said      Dr. James Penna, Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Chief of Stony Brook’s Division of Sports Medicine. “We are excited to forge a mutually beneficial relationship that offers Long Island Rough Rider athletes with the invaluable security of sports medicine. Our ATCs are ready to make a positive impact for all Rough Rider athletes.”

In addition to assisting the Rough Riders’ men’s and women’s teams, SBOA will provide the same level of care for Rough Rider’s extensive community-based instructional programs and summer tournaments. Youth players will have the same access to professional sports medicine care as the Rough Riders, including injury prevention, diagnosis and management. 

“This is a relationship we are ecstatic about, as we know the passion and knowledge Stony Brook ATCs bring to the field,” said Assistant General Manager, Tanner Sands. “It adds an extraordinary value to making all our athletes feel comfortable and safe playing the game they love. From pre-professional down to 5-year-olds playing soccer for the first time, having ATCs on site just makes playing soccer a safer environment.”

About Stony Brook Medicine

Stony Brook Medicine integrates and elevates all of Stony Brook University’s health-related initiatives: education, research and patient care. It includes five Health Sciences schools — Dental Medicine, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Social Welfare — as well as Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and more than 200 community-based healthcare settings throughout Suffolk County. To learn more, visit

About the Long Island Rough Riders

Since 1994 the Long Island Rough Riders set out to give further access to the game of soccer on Long Island. The Rough Riders have a comprehensive development pathway from beginners to professional – that provides every Long Island soccer player a chance to live out their dream. Each year over 10,000+ Long Islanders benefit and enjoy Rough Riders programs – using a proven and individualized player-development program.




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