Sports Medicine Program
The CHOC Children’s Sports Medicine Program offers young athletes unrivaled services for their sports-related needs. Under the direction of Dr. John Schlechter, we work one-on-one with each patient to develop a unique plan—with an emphasis on preserving future growth and function, and a safe return to play. Whatever the sport, we’ll make sure young athletes are playing at the top of their game.
Injuries in childhood and adolescence can have lasting effects into adulthood. Our pediatric-trained orthopaedic surgeons and physical therapists treat young athletes with a specialized care not seen at adult practices. Whether it’s physical therapy or surgery with rehabilitation, our team is here to help athletes recover safely and return to play.
What We Treat
In growing children, injuries in the muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones and joints often are quite different from conditions seen in older patients. We provide young athletes with specialized, comprehensive care for all sports-related injuries and conditions, including:
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Spine injuries, including neck pain, low back sprain/strain, disc herniations and stress fractures
- Bone and growth plate fractures, joint dislocations, ligament sprains and tears, muscle strains and tears, and cartilage injuries
- Injuries to the shoulder, elbow and wrist including dislocations, separations, labral tears and “Little League” elbow or shoulder
- Injuries to the hips, legs, knees, ankles and feet, including patellar dislocations, meniscal tears, ACL/PCL tears, and hamstring and groin strains
- Overuse injuries, including tendonitis, bursitis, growth plate injuries and rotator cuff injuries.
We offer a host of both surgical and non-surgical treatments for sports injuries, including:
Be sure to consult your child’s doctor if there is a prolonged, visible deformity of the affected area, or if severe pain prevents use of the arm, leg, wrist, ankle or knee.
If your child has sustained a concussion or head injury, be sure to get your child in to see his or her pediatrician and start a rest and recovery plan. For severe concussions or concussion symptoms that won’t go away, the CHOC Children’s Concussion Program is here for you.
Sports Injury Prevention
Most injuries can be prevented by proper training, protective gear and spreading out athletic activities so that parts of the body are not overused. It’s also important that athletes who sustain an injury have adequate rehabilitation and down-time, to minimize further problems. Learn more about injury prevention.
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Connect with the Sports Medicine Team
We have a team of pediatric sports medicine physicians, with board certification in orthopaedic surgery and special training to treat young athletes:
Also on our team are physical therapists, certified athletic trainers and psychologists, all skilled at helping athletes do their best and stay safe and healthy.
For more on our sports medicine services or to make an appointment, please call CHOC Children’s Rehabilitation Supervisor Mollee Oh, PT, DPT, OCS, at 714-509-3203.