benefiting the orthopaedic research and educational programs of the steadman Philippon Research Institute


About Rock The Research

Rock the Research is an annual fundraising gala and concert for the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado, a 501(c)(3) organization. For the last four years Rock the Research has raised over $1.5 million dollars for orthopaedic research and education. The event is scheduled each year during the month of July and has featured Darius Rucker and Edwin McCain in concert along with a V.I.P. dinner and auction.

About the Steadman Philippon Research Institute

Mission: The Institute is dedicated to keeping people of all ages physically active through orthopaedic research and education in the areas of arthritis, healing, rehabilitation, and injury prevention. Founded in 1988 by orthopaedic surgeon Dr. J. Richard Steadman, the Steadman Philippon Research Institute is an independent, tax-exempt (IRS code 501(c)(3)) charitable organization, employing scientists, researchers, fellows, visiting scholars, and interns. The Steadman Philippon Research Institute is known throughout the world for our research into the causes, prevention and treatment of orthopaedic disorders. We are committed to solving orthopaedic problems that limit an individual's ability to maintain an active life. Our research perspective is based on clinical relevance, with a goal of improving the care of the patient. Recognizing that the body's innate healing powers can be harnessed and manipulated to improve the healing process has led to exciting advances in surgical techniques, such as microfracture and innovative rehabilitation developed by Dr. Richard Steadman, and validated at our Institute. Today, the Institute is recognized worldwide for Dr. Marc Philippon's pioneering research for the treatment of sports related injuries to the hip.

Athletes are becoming bigger, faster and stronger, unfortunately their connective tissue does not; therefore, injuries are becoming more complex. Our research into the anatomy and mechanisms of the complex knee and shoulder is recognized worldwide.

We collect data and publish clinical research results on knees, hips, shoulders, spine and imaging and have become one of the most published and innovative organizations in sports medicine research and education. Our findings are published in relevant peer reviewed scientific and medical journals and our research results are presented at medical meetings worldwide.

Philanthropic gifts are used to advance scientific research and to support scholarly academic programs that train physicians for the future. Through our Fellowship and Visiting Scholar programs, the Institute has now built a network of more than 190 Fellows and Visiting Scholars worldwide who share the advanced ideas and communicate the concepts they learned in Vail to their patient base.