Sports Medicine

A child rehabilitating a sports injury

At Nemours, our Sports Medicine teams understand how sports related injuries can impact your child — and how each child's individual growth should be taken into consideration with their personalized rehabilitation program. So we do whatever it takes to diagnose and rehabilitate sports injuries in children and get them back in the game — safely.

 
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Sports Injuries in Children We Treat

At Nemours' locations offering Sports Medicine, we treat:

  • knee: patellar instability, anterior knee pain, anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus tears, cartilage damage
  • ankle: ligament tears, instability, cartilage damage
  • shoulder: dislocations, impingement and tendonitis
  • elbow: Little Leaguer’s elbow, tennis elbow, loose bodies
  • spine: spondolysthesis (when one spine bone slips in relation to the one below it), muscle strains/sprains
  • hip: dance, ice hockey and ice skating injuries
  • head: concussions
Preventing Sports Injuries in Children

We also focus on preventing an injury before it happens:

  • customized conditioning ("prehabilitation") regimens that concentrate on core strengths to prevent overuse injuries and develop good body mechanics
  • pre-season screenings
  • intervention counseling: when and how to rest, how to play

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington


1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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Phone: (302) 298-7200
Fax: (302) 651-4155

Hours: Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last patient check-in 1 hour prior to closing)

Make an Appointment: To schedule therapy, training,
or one-on-one assessment: (302) 298-7200

A physician’s prescription is required for rehabilitation.
To schedule a physician consult: (800) 416-4441

 
What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
New Patients

Bring these forms for your first appointment:

Returning Patients
 
Forms & Resources
New Patient Forms
Returning Patient Forms
Resources for Patients & Families

We diagnose and rehabilitate sports injuries in children at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children with personalized care for each child who comes through our doors.

Access to a Full Range of Pediatric Specialists

  • radiologists for specialized on-site X-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds and blood flow studies
  • cardiologists for preparticipation screening
  • pulmonologists to treat for exercise-induced asthma
  • neuropsychologists for post-concussion follow-up
  • child psychologists

We welcome a young athlete’s referral by a primary care doctor or pediatrician if there is a diagnostic question about the injury, or if the child continues to experience pain or limitation as a result of the injury. Parents may also self-refer their child to our specialized Sports Medicine Program if they are concerned that a sports related injury may have a lasting impact on their child’s performance goals.


More Services from Nemours' Sports Medicine Program

 
Sports Injuries in Children Assessment
Our sports injury assessment for your young athlete includes:
  • evaluating the adolescent's skeletal maturity
  • testing for overuse syndromes
  • diagnosis of growth center overload injuries such as epiphysitis or apophysitis
  • understanding the athlete's performance goals, current and future
  • customized care plans, including evaluation of sports readiness, strength training and general conditioning for recreational or competitive sports
 
Surgical Intervention
At duPont Hospital for Children, we offer surgical intervention for sports injuries in children including:
  • ACL reconstruction, meniscus repair
  • shoulder stabilization — rotator cuff repair
  • arthroscopy (of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle)
  • joint cartilage restoration
  • fracture management
 
Preventive Services
  • customized conditioning ("prehabilitation") regimens that concentrate on core strengths to prevent overuse injuries and develop good body mechanics
  • preseason screenings
  • intervention counseling: when and how to rest, how to play
  • performance and injury prevention clinics: comprehensive group clinics to help athletes ages 10-18 maximize performance and avoid injury
 
Athletic Training Staff & Equipment — Performance Training

Comprehensive programs tailored to your athlete’s age, sport and developmental level, with a special emphasis on flexibility, strength, balance, agility, core stability, coordination and body control.

  • certified athletic trainers and certified strength and conditioning specialists
  • a rehabilitation facility that features:
    • standard and wheelchair-accessible fitness equipment
    • weight training and rehabilitation equipment
    • indoor aquatic therapy
    • Balance Master muscular testing for sports enhancement
    • basketball and racquetball courts

Center for Sports Medicine: Treating Sports Injuries in Children

The region's largest pediatric sports medicine facility, the Center for Sports Medicine at duPont Hospital for Children, provides comprehensive, personalized care for sports injuries in children and teens, as well as young athletes who just want to get better at their game.

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