Sports Medicine Center

Expertise in the Prevention and Treatment of Pediatric Sports Injuries

Our fellowship-trained pediatric sports medicine specialists understand the importance of age-appropriate sports medicine care. At University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s Division of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery in Cleveland, Ohio, we help young athletes with a comprehensive range of services, including:

  • Diagnosing and treating pediatric sports injuries
  • Educating children and parents on injury prevention
  • Maximizing performance
  • Providing baseline concussion assessments
  • Determining when it is safe to get back in the game
  • Pre-participation physicals and evaluation

Our physicians do this with the support of the vast resources of a nationally recognized children’s hospital and an entire team of renowned pediatric orthopedic specialists. As board-certified specialists, fellowship-trained pediatric sports medicine doctors have a higher level of training and expertise. We work together to help young athletes with the same level of skill we use to treat 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 orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine specialists and radiologists experienced in working with children.

Minimally Invasive Techniques for Quicker Recovery from Sports Injuries

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.

Wide Range of Pediatric Sports Medicine Services

As a cohesive team, our physicians, surgeons, therapists, physical trainers and neuropsychologists 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. Services include:

See our full range of pediatric sports medicine services.

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 underway.

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