At Nemours, our team of experts understand how pediatric sports medicine 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 medicine injuries in children and get them back in the game — safely.
Pediatric Sports Medicine Injuries 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: spondylolisthesis (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 Pediatric Sports Medicine Injuries
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
For Appointments: (407) 650-7715
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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- 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
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The pediatric sports medicine team at Nemours Children’s Hospital includes experts in orthopedics and orthopedic surgery who work with neurosurgeons, physical therapists and other pediatric specialists to manage your child’s recovery from a sports-related injury, including sprains, torn ligaments, broken bones and concussions.
In addition to developing a customized plan for physical recovery when an injury occurs, the Nemours pediatric sports medicine team can also optimize your child’s sport selection, safety and performance to help prevent injuries before they happen.
Expert Pediatric Sports Medicine Care
Sports medicine is a distinct specialty because athletes have different demands and expectations of their bodies. But young athletes aren’t simply smaller versions of adults. Differences like open growth plates can cause unique injuries and conditions that don’t occur in adults. It’s also why your child may need the knowledge and experience of a specialist to make the quickest possible recovery while avoiding further injury.
At Nemours, we have special expertise in all types of sports injuries. Our pediatric sports medicine specialists are also sports safety advocates, providing area coaches and athletic directors with education and information about injury prevention and care on the sidelines.
Our Team Approach to Pediatric Sports Medicine in Central Florida
At Nemours Children’s Hospital, you’ll find doctors, nurses and staff who are qualified, experienced and share a strong commitment to your child’s long-term health and well-being. As a team, our pediatric sports medicine experts work closely with other specialists to ensure your child’s recovery from a sports injury is smooth and successful.
At Nemours Children’s Hospital, our sports medicine services range from treating the physical injury and managing healing and recovery, to helping your young athlete stay healthy and safe. Our treatment goals are to:
- restore as much function as possible
- provide you and your child with a comprehensive understanding of the treatment process and the milestones on the treatment/recovery timeline
- coordinate a smooth return to full sports activity while avoiding re-injury
- integrate education and sports safety into your athlete’s return to activity to minimize the risk of future injury
Nemours pediatric sports medicine specialists also provide:
- nutrition and hydration counseling
- sport selection assistance, exercise tolerance testing and “prehab” for children with chronic illness
- sports-related prosthetics and accommodations for children with disabilities
- guidance for preventing injuries related to dance, cheer, gymnastics, martial arts, etc.
- concussion baseline testing and post-concussion treatment
Depending on the condition, your child’s sports medicine care team at Nemours Children’s Hospital may include:
- orthopedists, orthopedic surgeons (specialize in bone and joint injuries)
- neurologists, neurosurgeons (specialize in brain, neck and spine conditions)
- neuropsychologists (assess cognitive function post-concussion)
- radiologists (diagnose conditions using X-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds and blood flow studies)
- cardiologists (heart doctors who provide sports pre-participation health screening)
- pulmonologists (lung doctors who treat exercise-induced asthma)
- behavioral health specialists (psychologists and psychiatrists who help kids cope with injury)
- orthotic or prosthetic specialists (design and fit orthotic devices and prosthetics for game play)
- nutritionists (plan appropriate dietary and supplement needs for athletes)
Sports injuries are different from accidents because your child will likely have a strong desire to resume the activity that caused the injury. Recovering full performance in a sport requires specialized management and careful monitoring to avoid re-injury.
There are many different types of injuries related to team and individual sports, plus those associated with physically demanding performing arts such as dance or ballet. We treat all types of sports injuries, including:
- acute trauma (sudden, one-event injuries such as bone fractures and torn ligaments)
- chronic injuries (problems that develop over time; tennis elbow and shin splints, for example)
- combination injuries (when a sudden injury like an ankle sprain leads to limping or other alteration in an athlete’s motion that causes chronic or repeat injury)
- acute injuries (such as concussion and heat illness that may lead to chronic problems and higher susceptibility to repeat injury)
Diagnosing and Evaluating Sports Injuries
An evaluation of a sports-related injury begins with an assessment by a pediatric sports medicine specialist. The doctor will perform an examination, and then create an evaluation and treatment plan with a projected timeline for recovery. Members of the Nemours sports medicine team will conduct measurements required to follow your child’s progress.
When a young athlete is affected by underlying medical issues such as asthma or epilepsy, additional evaluation or treatment is necessary. Nemours physicians in all major specialties are conveniently available to coordinate treatment with the sports medicine team.
Medical work-ups for sports injuries are designed to identify other factors that may be contributing to your child’s symptoms. In addition to a medical history and physical examination our team may order:
- blood tests (glucose/blood sugar, complete blood count, electrolytes, liver and kidney function tests, inflammation tests)
- imaging studies of the head, joints, bones and muscles (X-ray, ultrasound, CT or “CAT” scan, MRI scan)
Treating Sports Injuries in Central Florida
Treating pediatric sports medicine injuries in young athletes depends on the cause. Your child’s care team may recommend:
Since 1940, Nemours has been setting the standards for procedures in pediatric orthopedics for children who were either born with bone, joint, muscular and nerve conditions, or who develop these conditions because of disease or injury. Our orthopedic expertise is recognized throughout the world, and whatever pediatric orthopedics condition or injury your child has, know that we offer comprehensive, compassionate care — and treat every child as we would our own.
Our Comprehensive Concussion Center team (created and led by an expert neurosurgeon) works with young athletes to develop a personalized treatment program based on your child’s concussion symptoms and changes in function. With most concussions in children, kids often just need lots of rest from physical and mental activities and a careful return to normal activities (with clearance from a doctor). But this process takes time and it’s different for every athlete.