(From the Winter 2013 issue of Everything Matters: In Patient Care)
Travis S. Gallagher, ATC, Athletic Trainer, Division of Sports Medicine
William E. Neville, MS, ATC, Athletic Trainer, Division of Sports Medicine
At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, we are proud to be the only hospital in the country with two facilities dedicatedto pediatric sports medicine and orthopedic care. In fact, no other hospital in Ohio has even one building. The Dublin Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center, which opened in early 2012, joins the existing center in Westerville, Ohio. The Dublin, Ohio Sports Medicine facility has hit the ground running with its comprehensive team of pediatric specialists in sports medicine, orthopedics, physical therapy and radiology. It is “one-stop shopping” for young athletes and their families looking for care from minor bumps and bruises, sprains andstrains, fractures, or concussions. An injured athlete can see a pediatric sports medicine or orthopedic physician, receive X-rays, and then head upstairs to physical therapy or to sports medicine’s functional rehabilitation - all in the same day and in the same building.
Among the leaders in the country, the medical professionals at Nationwide Children’s are specifically trained to diagnose and to treat the pediatric athlete. Many adult facilities attempt to see children in their practices. Unfortunately for these patients, many are not trained for the unique injuries that are associated with the pediatric patient. Young athletes are not simply miniature adults and should not be treated as such. Age-appropriate care and treatment is a hallmark of Nationwide Children’s Hospital Dublin Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center. The center emphasizes the importance of early recognition and treatment in order to prevent future recurrences or potential disruptions to the normal growth of our young patients.
Once the diagnosis is made, a team of athletic trainers and physical therapists are ready to help patients return to 100 percent and, in some cases, even better than before they were injured. Both concussion and musculoskeletal injuries may be referred for rehabilitation. Basic range-of-motion and strength deficits are addressed before progressing to agility, power and return-to-sport activities. The newest facility in Dublin offers room to move with 25,000 square feet of space including the performance arena with an indoor track, basketball court and dance area. Athletes are able to replicate their sport and activities before returning to competition for increased assurances that they are ready to perform at their best.
The Dublin Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center is not just for injured athletes. The center offers a number of programs designed to “improve your game”, to prevent injuries, or to improve the lives of some of our patients. First, a variety of P.A.S.S. (Power-Agility-Strength-Speed) programs offer individualized design to meet sport and developmental needs. We use state-of-the-art tools to assist in the training of our athletes, including video biomechanical analysis for throwers, swimmers and runners. These programs will improve their conditioning levels, prepare them for physical activity and, because they are prepared by licensed professionals, can actually prevent future injuries. Finally, we see a number of referrals from our Healthy Weight and Nutrition and Oncology departments. We work with these patient populations to affect lifestyle changes and a return to exercise and physical activity that is both safe and fun.
We are proud to call central Ohio our home as one of the top pediatric hospitals and sports medicine departments in the country. From youth soccer to college football, Nationwide Children's Hospital Sports Medicine and Orthopedics are here to help your young athletes get back in the game.
For more information about our programs or services visit us at NationwideChildrens.org/Sports-Medicine, follow us on Twitter (@NCHSportsMed) or like us on Facebook. To schedule an appointment or ask us a question, please call (614) 355-6000 or email Sports.Medicine@NationwideChildrens.org.