Orthopedic Surgery

The Sports Medicine and Performance Center

The Sports Medicine and Performance Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is the region’s premier healthcare resource for young athletes. We have more specially-trained sports medicine physicians, physical therapists and athletic trainers than any other pediatric orthopedic facility in the region and are nationally recognized for our innovative treatments for young performance athletes.Girl Stretching
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Children and adolescent athletes require special care when they are injured. Like adult performance athletes, they want quick and thorough treatment so they can get back to competing in the sport they love. Unlike adults however, these young athletes are still growing; they require clinicians who are both experts in pediatrics — particularly growing bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage — as well as sports medicine.

At CHOP's Sports Medicine and Performance Center, our multidisciplinary team provides comprehensive care for injured athletes through the spectrum of development. We offer sports-specific wellness assessments, conditioning and nutrition programs for children at all levels of activity, from casual recreational sports to elite athlete training. 

Comprehensive care, convenient locations

Our professionals work to improve the "sports experience" for your child by offering the full spectrum of care under one roof, including:

Our sports medicine team is made up of board-certified orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians, specially-trained physical therapists, athletic trainers and nutritionists, as well as advanced practice nurses and physician assistants. Together, we offer complete care for your young athlete. 

Why choose us

Innovation and expertise of our multidisciplinary team

Lead by world-class orthopedic surgeons Theodore J. Ganley, MD, Lawrence Wells, MD, and John T. Lawrence, MD, PhD, the Sports Medicine and Performance Center offers cutting-edge treatment to children, teens and young adults with sports injuries.

With a dozen board-certified orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians who treat patients at six locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the Center is nationally recognized for excellence. 

Our surgeons have developed innovative surgical techniques — most notably, pediatric ACL reconstruction — that are now being used as the gold standard across the nation. 

The Sports Medicine and Performance Center is part of CHOP's Division of Orthopedic Surgery, which has consistently ranked in the top five in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. Children's Hospital also shared the No. 1 spot on U.S. News' overall Honor Roll of Best Children's Hospitals for 2014-15. 

Integrated care to provide the best outcomes

We provide comprehensive care to young athletes. If you child has been injured, we use the latest imaging technologies to diagnose the issue. Treatment may include bracing, casting, rehabilitation therapy or surgery. If surgery is needed, we work to ensure your child is safe as possible before, during and after surgery.

One of the keys to the integrated approach to care at the Sports Medicine and Performance Center is the multidisciplinary team, which includes experts in orthopedics, sports medicine, pediatrics, physical therapy, nutrition, radiology and others. If your child is injured, the multidisciplinary team develops an individualized treatment plan that will return your child to school and play as soon as possible. 

Along with injury care, we also provide additional resources young athletes, coaches and trainers to help young athletes optimize their skills and talents. We offer injury prevention classes and videos, nutritional counseling and performance-enhancement sessions. 

Research to uncover new treatments and optimize outcomes

Physicians and therapists in the Sports Medicine and Performance Center work cooperatively with orthopedic surgery, radiology and others in numerous laboratory and clinical research studies.

Some current sports medicine research includes: 

With research, orthopedic leaders at CHOP hope to be able to better predict and treat sports injuries. For more information, see the full list of our sports medicine research.

Sports conditions we treat

More information

For more information about sports medicine; our physicians, physical therapists and nutritionists; injury prevention; concussion management and more, see the Sports Medicine and Performance Center.

Contact us

To schedule an appointment with the Sports Medicine and Performance Center, call 215-590-6919 or contact us online.


Reviewed by: Theodore J. Ganley, MD, Lawrence Wells, MD, & John T. Lawrence, MD, PhD
Date: April 2013

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