Sports Medicine Center

Prevention and Treatment from Experts in Pediatric Sports Injuries

The fellowship-trained physicians at pediatric Sports Medicine Center at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s Division of Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery in Cleveland, Ohio help young athletes:

  • Recover from a variety of pediatric sports injuries as quickly as possible
  • Prevent injuries
  • Maximize performance
  • Determine when it is safe to get back in the game
  • Get preparticipation physicals and evaluation

Our physicians do this with the support of the vast resources of a nationally recognized children’s hospital and a renowned orthopaedic team. In the entire country, the number of fellowship-trained pediatric sports medicine doctors is a little more than 150. Three of these physicians practice at the Sports Medicine Center at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.

When it comes to helping young athletes, we have experience working with local, national and Olympic-level teams.

Advanced Imaging Techniques Ensure a Precise Diagnosis

We use the newest computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to provide extremely detailed images of bones, joints and muscles. These images are interpreted by highly skilled orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine specialists, and radiologists experienced in working with children.

Minimally Invasive Techniques for Quicker Recovery

Our physicians understand that many sports injuries can be effectively treated without surgery; sometimes a period of rest and pain management is all that is needed. Sometimes stretching can help alleviate pain and promote healing.

When surgery is necessary, our specialists and surgeons are highly trained and experienced in the most advanced and least invasive techniques including arthroscopic and endoscopic surgery. These procedures require much smaller incisions, often resulting in reduced risk and pain, less blood loss and a faster recovery.

Injury Prevention Programs

The Sports Medicine Center at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital also offers injury prevention programs for young athletes. Our specialists offer neurophysical training as well as conditioning and stretching assistance and education.

Rehabilitation Services to Get Back in the Game

Our physical therapists will help restore movement, improve flexibility, expand range of motion and increase endurance. We offer some of the most technologically advanced rehabilitation and exercise equipment available.

Comprehensive Range of Services

While functioning as a cohesive team, our physicians, surgeons, therapists, physical trainers and psychologists work with patients, families, coaches, athletic trainers and primary care physicians to provide a complete range of sports medicine services for children and young adults.

Athletes come to us for assistance with:

  • Adolescent gynecology and female athlete care
  • Ankle sprains, muscle strains, knee and shoulder injuries and fractures
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
  • Concussion evaluation, treatment and prevention
  • Counseling on nutrition and hydration for safety and performance
  • Eating disorder issues and bone density health
  • Education on injury prevention and stretching
  • Exercise guidance for increased fitness
  • Fitness assessments
  • Growth plate injuries
  • Heart and lung services designed specifically for athletes
  • Infectious mononucleosis, asthma and diabetes
  • Impingement syndrome and rotator cuff tears
  • Injuries to hands, arms, elbows, shoulders, knees and other body parts
  • Injury prevention for all ages
  • Knee instability (including ACL, PCL and posterolateral corner)
  • Medical issues such as asthma
  • Meniscus tears and knee chondrosis
  • Nutrition, supplements, ergonomic aids and performance issues
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease
  • Overuse injuries and overtraining issues (tendonitis, stress fractures and back pain)
  • Preparticipation exams and sports physicals
  • Rehabilitation services
  • "Return to play" decisions
  • Shin splints
  • Shoulder instability and superior labral (SLAP) tears
  • Sports psychology
  • Sports-related back pain

Research Designed to Benefit Young Athletes

Clinical research is also an important part of our sports medicine program. Several trials specific to pediatrics sports injuries and prevention are under way.

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