Pediatric sports medicine is the specialty of treating children with sports-related injuries. Children are still growing, so their injuries are different from an adult’s. We treat all injuries that are related to being active children. This can range from sprains or strains to concussions.
We strive to get our children better as quickly and as safely as possible while providing information and training for prevention of future injuries.
Some of the common injuries we see include:
- Growth plate injuries (such as Osgood Schlatter disease or Sever’s disease)
- Acute injuries (ankle sprains, muscle strains, knee and shoulder injuries)
- Overuse injuries (Tendonitis, stress fractures, back pain)
- Injury diagnosis
- Diagnostic imaging (x-rays, MRIs)
- Treatment direction
- Therapy programs (both referrals to formal physical therapy and home exercise programs)
- Return to play advice and guidelines
- Concussion evaluation and management
- Nutritional counseling
The Sports Medicine team at Driscoll Children’s Hospital consists of a sports medicine trained physician, certified athletic trainer and licensed nursing staff. We work hand-in-hand with the pediatric orthopaedic surgeons in the Orthopaedics Department and physical therapists in the Rehabilitation Department.