About the Sports Medicine and Performance Center

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.

If your 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.

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.

Although we treat all young athletes, some athletes such as gymnasts, dancers and skaters face unique sports demands. We have special expertise in this area to provide the best care possible.

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

This specialized care is provided at CHOP's Main Campus in Philadelphia as well as throughout our care network at several suburban locations. Our professionals work to improve the "sports experience" for your child by offering the full spectrum of care under one roof, including:

  • Expert orthopaedic surgeons, pediatric anesthesiologists and pain team
  • Full orthopaedic team consultation for complex cases
  • On-site cast room staffed by orthopaedic technicians and clinical nurses
  • On-site orthotics (brace) shop
  • Injury rehabilitation
  • Injury prevention strategies
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Performance-enhancing training
  • Support services
  • Dedicated phone line for acute sports injuries (215-590-SPORTS)

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