From Backyard Kickball Champs to High-Performance Athletes, Sports Medicine Is Different for Kids.
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Whether your child’s sports-related injury happened in a crowded stadium or a cul-de-sac, no one understands that better – or is more prepared to address it – than the Sports Medicine specialists at Nationwide Children’s. Our team of pediatric experts specializes in the treatment and prevention of sports injuries in student athletes of all ages and skill levels.
Why Your Child Needs a Pediatric Sports Medicine Specialist:
Children and teens to age 18 require expert care. These kids are still growing. And their health care needs are unique.
- Children have growth plates, so proper diagnosis and prompt treatment are critical to preventing long-term side effects.
- In young athletes, ligaments tend to be stronger than bones. Kids can experience certain types of fractures that do not happen to older athletes.
- Kids experience periods of rapid growth. Related to this, we see conditions unique to younger athletes.
- The psychology of the young athlete is unique. We know kids — what they think, how they feel, and what they need. The athletes' state of mind is as important as their level of fitness and skill.
Our staff of doctors, athletic trainers and physical therapists are trained to provide age-appropriate care for our patients. We emphasize the importance of early injury recognition and treatment in order to prevent recurring injuries. In addition to treatment, we partner with parents and coaches to focus on injury prevention, conditioning and age-appropriate activities.
Convenient, Comprehensive and Community Based.
Community-based sports medicine services are closer to you than ever. Nationwide Children's Sports Medicine provides care at locations throughout Columbus and Central Ohio so you can get your athlete back in the game.
- View photos of our Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center
Meet Our Team of Leading Experts.
Our group of pediatric sports medicine experts is unparalleled. Our highly qualified specialists work closely with coaches, athletic trainers, primary care physicians and parents to deliver age-appropriate care designed to get your athlete back in the game: as quickly and safely as possible.
Sports Medicine Services For All Situations.
We offer comprehensive services to address a wide range of needs for all athletes, at all levels.
- Musculoskeletal injury evaluation and treatment
- Adaptive Sports Medicine
- Concussion evaluation and treatment
- Functional Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Golf Medicine Program
- Sports diagnostic ultrasound services
- Sports Performance
- Sports Nutrition
- Partnerships with area school districts and organizations
To learn more about Nationwide Children's Sports Medicine, click the links below:
- Learn about our Personal Best Injury Prevention Programs and upcoming classes
- View our online sports medicine library
Inside Sports Medicine
Sports Medicine Locations
Nationwide Children's Sports Medicine provides care at several Columbus and central Ohio locations.
Sports Medicine Services
Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine not only works to treat athletic injuries, but provides services to help prevent them altogether.
Sports Medicine FAQs
What is the best way to stay hydrated? When do I use ice? These are just some of our most frequently asked questions.
Sports Medicine in Schools and Organizations
When schools and organizations partner with us, they receive athletic training and access to comprehensive care from the leaders in sports medicine.
Information for Coaches
Coach: Find the resources you need for everything from advice on injuries, articles on injuries or conditions, locations, contact information, community education and more.
Sports Medicine Articles
Access helpful resources about about sports injury prevention, nutrition and more.
Sports Medicine Research
Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital have conducted studies on sports injuries, functional body control, injury prevention and more.
Sports Medicine Internships
Nationwide Children's Sports Medicine offers internship programs for college undergraduates.
Sports Medicine Resources
We partner with parents and coaches to focus on injury prevention, conditioning and age-appropriate activities. We have compiled sport-specific information as well as general resources to help young athletes and the people who provide their training.
Sports Medicine E-Newsletter
The Sports Medicine experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital want to keep your student-athlete safe and in the game. Sign up for our e-newsletter today.
- Ankle Sprain
- Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear (ACL Tear)
- Cauliflower Ear
- Contusions Bruises
- Foot Sprain or Strain
- Hamstring Strain
- Iliotibial Band Syndrome
- Knee Sprain
- Little League Elbow
- Low Back Strain
- Meniscus Injuries
- Osgood-Schlatter's Disease
- Osteochondritis Dissecans
- Patellar Subluxation
- Patellar Tendonitis
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
- Sever's Disease
- Shin Splints
- Shoulder Sprain
- Stress Fractures
- Tennis Elbow
- Thigh and Hip Strains
- Wrist and Hand Sprains
Tips For Your Student-Athlete – In Your Inbox
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