Sports Medicine Program

The Sports Medicine program in the Children’s Orthopaedic Center at Children's Hospital Los Angeles is the only comprehensive program in greater Los Angeles that can care for pediatric, adolescent and young adult athletes. Young athletes play hard and don't like being on the sidelines. Our team of doctors and therapists work with these athletes to minimize time away from sports and optimize safe participation.

Comprehensive Care for Young Athletes

Treating young athletes requires special expertise. These athletes are the most active group of people in our society and are the most at risk for injury. Further, our youngest athletes are still growing and a thorough understanding of the growing athlete is paramount to appropriate care. Our team provides evaluation, treatment and follow up care, including rehabilitation, to meet the special needs of this unique group of athletes. We offer the full complement of services including pre-participation physical exams, concussion care, non-surgical care of appropriate fractures and injuries as well as surgical care of all the injuries that young athletes may sustain.

Our providers are experts in the latest arthroscopic and minimally-invasive surgeries, to help athletes play to the best of their ability. The Sports Medicine Program provides a comprehensive team of uniquely trained physicians, equipped with experience in the treatment of complex sports-related injuries.

  • Our Team
  • Orthopaedic surgeons 
  • Primary care sports medicine physicians 
  • Neuropsychologists 
  • Pain management physicians
  • Radiologists
  • Certified Athletic Trainers

In addition to the onsite team, we refer our patients to child specialists in the following areas:

  • Concussions
  • Health and fitness evaluations
  • Injury prevention
  • Performance tests
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Commonly Treated Sports Injuries
  • ACL tears
  • Ankle disorders
  • Bone fractures
  • Concussions
  • Discoid meniscus
  • Elbow disorders
  • Joint disorders
  • Knee disorders
  • Kneecap dislocation
  • Ligament tears
  • Meniscal tears
  • Multiple sprains
  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Patellar instability
  • Shoulder instability and dislocations
  • Sports Medicine Access Service
  • Sports Medicine Program Highlights
  • Sports Medicine Conference

The Sports Medicine team’s Sports Access Service offers sports physicals on-site throughout the year in addition to other program services. Our goal is to provide comprehensive care to help your athletes continue their safe participation in sports. (We prefer a minimum of 50 appointments before we visit you, but individual appointments are always available at one of our many locations.)

Basic Sports Physicals

  • Vitals
  • Vision screenings
  • Orthopaedic exam
  • SCAT 3 (Sport Concussion Assessment Tool)
  • Additional add-on services (separate cost per student-athlete):
    • IMPACT testing
    • Cardio/EKG (Done in conjunction with physicals.)
    • Echocardiogram (If additional cardio workup is required, this will be completed at one of our offices.)

VIP Access

  • Includes direct access to our Children’s Orthopaedic Center doctor’s.
  • Emergent and urgent pediatric sub-specialty care for athletes
  • Children of faculty-staff

Sports Medicine Concierge

  • Access to club team physicians
  • Tailored sports lectures to the audience (athletes, parents, coaches, etc.)
  • Pre-season physicals
  • Comprehensive concussion management
  • Baseline concussion testing

Research Opportunities and Community Services

  • Access to volunteer and participate in on-going research studies

Sports Medicine School and League Partners

  • Loyola High School
  • Crossroads School
  • LA Kings High School Hockey League
  • LA Kings Lions League
  • Marlborough School
  • Notre Dame High School
  • Viewpoint School
  • Sierra Canyon School
  • The Archer School for Girls
  • Harvard-Westlake School
  • Pilgrim School
  • Windward School

Our relationship with the Santa Monica Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group allows for a collaboration of pediatric-trained sports medicine experts with the highest caliber of adult sports medicine surgeons, bridging the gap between childhood and adulthood care.

ACL Injuries

We are the leading center in the region that is comfortable in providing ACL (anterior cruciate ligament tears) reconstruction for growing child athletes. Growth disturbance is a real risk after ACL reconstruction in a child but our surgeons are trained in techniques to minimize this risk and get these patients back to sports safely. Hundreds of children with ACL tears have been treated by our surgeons and returned to sports of all types. Treatment for children with this condition has been provided effectively at all ages, even as young as 6 years old.

Patellar Instability

Dislocating kneecaps can be very problematic and are often the symptoms of underlying bony differences when this occurs in younger athletes. Often, successful management requires operative intervention but standard techniques risk injuries to growth plates. Our surgeons have developed procedures to avoid growth plates while stabilizing the knee cap so athletes can return to their prior level of athletic participation.

Osteochondritis Dissecans

Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) is a rare condition that primarily affects small areas of bone that is immediately adjacent to cartilage in a joint. The knee is the most common location for OCD but it can also occur in other joints such as the elbow and ankle.

Non-Surgical Procedures

Many sports injuries, even many fractures, do not require surgical intervention. Often, a period of rest or physical therapy may be all that is needed. Our experts can help determine if this is the case.

Surgical Procedures

Bones in children and adolescents are still growing, meaning that it is crucial for surgeons to account for this during surgery. Our operating room is equipped with small joint arthroscopy equipment and the tools and experience necessary to care for the unique problems that are encountered by the growing athlete.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles designates this “Children’s Orthopaedic Center Sports Medicine Conference” for a maximum of 5 hour AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.

Learn more about the Sports Medicine Conference.