Sports Medicine


Welcome to Rochester College Athletics,

In preparation for another competitive intercollegiate year I would like to take this opportunity to share some important information with you.   Below you will find some links to the mandatory forms that need to be filled out by each student athlete and their parents.  The first link will have forms for: emergency contact information, medical history, Physical exam form (to be filled out by physician), information release and consent to treat waiver, and athletic insurance waiver. The second link will be an athlete insurance sheet which will be filled out with the primary insurance policy that the athlete has. It is a Rochester College Policy that all student athletes carry a primary insurance policy. If a student athlete does not have a policy there are a couple options: They may purchase the 1st care plan through First Agency insurance company. The second option is that the athlete can purchase their own policy. If you are interested in the 1st care plan email Katie Merlo ATC k[email protected] for information and the application.  The third link is the assumption of risk form.  Each student athlete will have to fill out the forms from all three links below.  For walk- on tryouts and recruit visits student athletes will have to fill out the assumption of risk form in order to participate with the team.


Katie Merlo  

Medical Forms:
Assumption of Risk - Also completed by recruits practicing with athletic teams.



Joseph H. Guettler, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist


Assistant Clinical Professor, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine


Dr. Joe Guettler is a board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine.  Dr. Guettler graduated from Valparaiso University with his B.S. in 1992.  At Valparaiso, he was also a four-year Division I collegiate wrestler.  He then earned his medical degree from Northwestern University in 1996 and completed a Residency in Orthopedic Surgery at William Beaumont Hospital in 2001.  He subsequently served as Sports Medicine Fellow at Duke University from 2001 to 2002.   


Dr. Guettler is the co-founder and senior partner at Performance Orthopedics, where he has practiced for over a decade. He is a member of the Orthopedic staff at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak where he is active in teaching and research, and he performs surgery at Beaumont Royal Oak and the Unasource Surgical Center in Troy.


Dr. Guettler's clinical interests include: 

  • Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder, Elbow and Knee
  • Adolescent Sports Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff and Labral Repair
  • Knee Injuries in Female Athletes – Including Gender-specific ACL Reconstruction 
  • Shoulder and Elbow Reconstruction in Throwing Athletes 
  • ACL, PCL, and Multi-ligament Knee Reconstruction 
  • Advanced Cartilage Restoration
  • Meniscal Repair and Transplantation  
  • Minimally Invasive Clavicle Fracture Fixation
  • Treatment of Sports-related Fractures
  • Muscle and Tendon Repair (Biceps, Achilles, Hamstrings, Patellar tendon, etc.) 
  • Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) Augmentation of Healing

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Guettler believes in leadership, teaching, research, and community outreach:


From a leadership standpoint, he is currently on the Board of Directors for the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM).  He is a past President and current board member of the Michigan Orthopaedic Society.  He is also past President of the Detroit Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  He recently served on the Research Board of the AOSSM, as well as on the society's Education Committee.  In addition, he has functioned as AOSSM's liaison to the National Athletic Trainers Association for the past four years.  He was also elected to serve as Michigan's representative on the AOSSM Council of Delegates.  Finally, he was Team Orthopedic Surgeon and Head Team Physician at Oakland University for almost a decade.


Teaching is another vital component of Dr. Guettler's practice of medicine.  On the national level, he is a surgical instructor at the Orthopedic Learning Center in Rosemont, Illinois, teaching the latest techniques to surgeons from around the nation and world.  He has a dual professorship at Oakland University, serving as an Adjunct Clinical Professor through the School of Health Sciences, as well as an Assistant Professor through the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.  At Beaumont, he has also served as Director of Sport Medicine Education and Research, and he is proud to be very involved in the teaching of the residents and fellows.


Without research, a doctor cannot be on the 'leading edge.'  Dr. Guettler is proud that he has been able to balance a vibrant clinical practice with his strong research interests over the past 2 decades.  At any given time, Dr. Guettler is involved in at least 5 to 6 clinical and laboratory studies.  Current research projects include cartilage restoration, ACL healing, rotator cuff repair, identification of patients at risk for osteoarthritis, advanced imaging techniques to detect early cartilage injury, and the prevention of throwing injuries in developing baseball pitchers.


A true sports medicine doctor gets involved in the community's 'sports.'  Community outreach is the part of Dr. Guettler's practice that ties it all together.  If you look, you will see Dr. Guettler on a number of high school sidelines during any given football season.  You will see him in the educational column that he runs in the Eccentric Newspapers.  You will see him at the local library giving a lecture on the prevention of injuries in aging athletes.  You will see him on the evening news commenting on a professional athlete's injury, or simply on ways to prevent injuries in your growing athlete…


'Dr. Joe,' as his patient's know him, has a true passion for the practice of sports medicine.  Accolades are great, but 'at the end of the day,' it's all about your personal care. Rest assured – Dr. Joe is dedicated to getting you back in the game, whatever your game may be.