About the Sports Medicine and Performance Center

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

Sports injury care

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 for children.

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.

Optimizing sports performance and preventing injury

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 youth sports medicine specialists work to improve the "sports experience" for your child by offering the full spectrum of care young athletes may need under one roof.

Pediatric sports medicine services include:

  • 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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