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. Learn more about the sports injuries we treat and our tips for injury prevention.
We know that youth sports are competitive. Through our athletic training program, we give athletes a competitive edge by enhancing their natural talents and providing them new skills in their chosen sport, all while teaching techniques to prevent injury. Our team consists of certified athletic trainers, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and sports medicine physicians. Training programs can be tailored to individuals and/or groups and will cover:
• Speed, agility and coordination
• Strength training and conditioning
• Injury prevention
• Skills specific to the athlete’s sport
• Cardiovascular endurance.
Each program begins with an individualized movement evaluation by a physical therapist who will assess body mechanics and gait patterns as they relate to the athlete’s goals. Our video analysis records movement so that our physical therapists can pinpoint at-risk body positions that may lead to injury. We train athletes in all sports at all ages, from youth leagues through competitive high school teams. Most programs are designed with 2-3 sessions per week for 6-12 weeks, depending on the athlete’s needs. All exercises are age appropriate and tailored to their level of physical development and skill.
Coaches may also schedule special sessions with our athletic training team. We will educate your staff on injury prevention and develop training programs that can be used to improve your team’s performance. We can also provide team training for larger groups, conveniently at your practice facility.
No one knows more about recognizing athletic injuries than our sports medicine physicians. We can be on the sidelines of Orange County athletic events working with certified athletic trainers to provide instant medical care for injuries when they occur.
To partner with CHOC Children’s for sports event coverage, call us at 714-509-4054, option 2.
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.