Nationwide Children's Hospital is committed to providing the highest quality of care for your child.

Our Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy clinicians provide pediatric and adolescent injury treatment and rehabilitation, tailoring treatment techniques to meet each child's needs.

Explore some of our Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy programs and specializations below.


Concussion and Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular Rehabilitation focuses on improving the relationship between the inner ear, brain, eyes, muscles and nerves. This type of therapy is typically used with post-concussion patients.

Hand Therapy

Our Hand Therapy program helps patients with injuries, strains, sprains, trauma or surgical procedures to their hands and arms return to optimal function, strength and range of motion.

Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IA STM) is a therapeutic technique that uses specific applied instruments to promote mobilization of restricted tissue.

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy focuses on the body’s soft tissues, using varied types of touch on the body for healing and relaxation, pain reduction and stress and anxiety relief.


Performing Arts Medicine

Our Sports Medicine physicians will evaluate for the common injuries seen in all athletes, as well as the injuries specific to young dancers and performers that use extreme ranges of motion.


Pilates is a physical fitness program that focuses on core postural muscles, which help keep the body balanced and are essential to providing spinal support.

Runner's Clinic

Our Runner’s Clinic is a great resource for cross country and track athletes with repetitive stress injuries, as well as runners with specific recurring symptoms.

START Program

The START Program focuses on educating teenagers on proper exercise performance to live healthier lifestyles.

Therapeutic Taping

Therapeutic Taping is often used as an adjunct to rehabilitation. Taping techniques promote healing of previously injured tissue.

Throwing Evaluations

Softball and baseball athletes ages 10+ who suffer from pain or weakness during overhead throwing activities benefit from our throwing evaluations.

Women's Health Program

Pelvic muscle rehabilitation focuses on improving function and addressing dysfunction of the musculature surrounding the pelvis. The goal is to stretch and strengthen pelvic muscles to help decrease pain, improve core strength, and return to sports, recreational and daily activities.


Ohio Dominican University

Nationwide Children's Hospital Sports and Orthopedic Physical Therapy Department provides physical therapy services to all students and faculty of Ohio Dominican University.

Through this partnership, Nationwide Children's Sports and Orthopedic physical therapists provide patient care on Ohio Dominican’s campus to better meet the needs of all students on or around campus. In addition, therapy services are delivered to all student athletes who may be in need for individualized care. This distinctive opportunity allows physical therapist with a background in sports and orthopedics to:

  • Provide care in a setting that is comfortable and convenient for both traditional students and student athletes alike
  • Deliver patient care with improved communication between physicians, coaches and athletic trainers
  • Provide guidance on return to sports activities to ensure a safe return from injury

What to Expect:

A full physical therapy evaluation will be performed on campus at Ohio Dominican University. A physical therapist will assess the patient’s flexibility, strength, posture and movements. Following this assessment, an individualized plan will be created to address any deficits or limitations found. This plan of care will be established and discussed with the patient.


Alumni Hall, Room 110
1216 Sunbury Road
Columbus, OH 43219