The mission of the UConn Musculoskeletal Institute is to use basic science and clinical research to enhance the care of our patients. Our division of Sports Medicine, which is in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, has a particular interest in both basic science and clinical research. The human soft tissue laboratory focuses on understanding the biology of tendon, cartilage and other soft tissues in the body. The biomechanics research in the division is particularly interested in a bench to bedside approach. The scientist and clinicians assess the strength of different types of surgical repairs and use the information to develop new surgical techniques that can improve the results of surgical procedures. Finally, there is a strong commitment to clinical research. There are a number of retrospective and prospective studies in the division of sports medicine that evaluate the efficacy of various surgical procedures. The ultimate goal of our basic science and clinical research is to assess and to develop novel treatments for our patients to help them maintain an active lifestyle.