Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy

Our Team has the Experts you Need When Return to Play Matters

Physical Therapy - Sports and Orthopedic

Nationwide Children's Hospital offers a physical therapy program for children who have bone and/or muscle injuries.

The Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy team works closely with Nationwide Children's Sports Medicine and the department of Orthopedics to help children get back to their previous level of activity.

Schedule an Appointment

Online scheduling is available for new patients, ages 12 and older, who have not been seen in the clinic for this injury.

New Patients, Ages 12+, With a Sports/Orthopedic Injury:

  1. Choose “Physical Therapy” as the specialty.
  2. Pick a date and time. Physician referral is required.

Are you a physician? Make a referral.

Schedule an Appointment

Services We Offer

We offer various programs, evaluations and treatments to support athletes, including:


Specialty Evaluations

Specialty Treatments

  • Schroth Method for Treating Scoliosis
  • Temporomandibular Disorder Treatment

Why Choose Nationwide Children’s?

At Nationwide Children’s, our sports and orthopedic physical therapists are one-of-a-kind because they:

  • Have experience treating a lot of conditions unique to children and adolescents
  • Work with athletes from all kinds of sports.
  • Give your child one-on-one care alongside peers of similar ages with similar diagnoses.
  • Address any of your child’s needs like aches and pains or returning to a sport environment.

Our Relationships

Nationwide Children’s Sports and Orthopedic team has a large group of providers around the Columbus area. We also have athletic trainers working in many local schools. Since our teams work together, your child can get the care they need: from their initial medical visit through therapy and return to the field.

Our Values

At Nationwide Children’s, our values shape everything we do, including therapy.

Convenient Clinics, Located in Your Community.

Our team provides care at locations throughout Columbus and Central Ohio. That way your child can get back in the game: close to home.

  • New Patients: Please call Central Scheduling at (614) 722-2200 to schedule an evaluation.
  • Existing Patients: Please call your clinic to schedule an appointment.
Canal Winchester Close To Home Center on Winchester Boulevard Exterior

Canal Winchester Close To Home Center on Winchester Boulevard

East Columbus Close To Home Center at 6499 East Broad St.

East Columbus at 6499 East Broad St.

Hilliard Close To Home Center


Marysville Close To Home Center with Urgent Care


Livingston Ambulatory Center

Livingston Ambulatory Center

Orthopedic Center

Orthopedic Center

Meet Our Team of Physical and Occupational Therapy Experts

Our team is committed to using the most up-to-date treatments so your child gets the best results.

Many of our team members are leaders in their field and are involved in research at Nationwide Children’s, so we can stay at the forefront of physical and occupational therapy practice.

Meet Our Team

Resources for Your Family

Access resources from our Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy experts.

Hamstring Strains - Treatment and Rehabilitation

Hamstring strains are commonly associated with sports that involve sprinting. They are one of the most common non-contact injuries in football, soccer and other running sports. Learn more about treating hamstring strains.

The Mental Benefits of Exercise

What do you do when you are stressed out? Feeling sad? Overwhelmed? Learn about some of the mental benefits of exercise.

Pitch Counts and Throwing Injury Prevention

Pitch counts are a set number of pitches that a player is allowed to throw in a given game or week. They are an important tool to prevent overuse injury for youth baseball players. Learn more about pitch counts and throwing injury prevention.

Single-Sport or Multi-Sport Participation

As your youth athlete explores sports— and may even show interest in specializing in a particular sport— how do you know whether single-sport or multi-sport participation is best for their development?

What is Sleep Hygiene?

We all know how important it is to wash our hands, clean our bodies and brush our teeth to maintain good hygiene. But did you know we need to make sure our sleep habits are ‘clean’, too?

Patient on a Balance Ball

Residency Programs

Did you know? We offer two 13-month clinical residency programs.