Sports Medicine Program

Specialists at the Sports Medicine Program in the Children’s Orthopaedic Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are leaders in the field, employing the latest non-surgical techniques to facilitate speedy recovery and the latest arthroscopic surgical innovations when necessary. Our experts will help keep young athletes healthy, optimize performance and get them back on the field sooner after injury.

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. Led by doctors who also serve as physicians for the L.A. Galaxy professional soccer team, our program cares for all the orthopedic conditions that can impair young athletes, such as broken bones, ligament tears, dislocations, stress fractures and growth plate injuries. 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.

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The success of the Sports Medicine Program has much to do with our access to new technologies, such as those housed in the John C. Wilson, Jr., Motion Analysis Laboratory. The John C. Wilson Motion Analysis Laboratory enables us to provide care previously reserved for the elite professional athlete to all athletes. The John C. Wilson Motion and Sports Analysis Laboratory provides comprehensive state-of-the-art 3D biomechanical analysis of sports activities to help advance injury recovery and prevent injury. Additionally analysis can help provide a quantitative measure to determine an athlete’s readiness to return to sport following an injury.

    Our Experts

    • 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

    Our Services

    • Specialized procedures for young athletes
    • Multidisciplinary Concussion Program
    • Fast-paced care
    • Urgent same/next-day appointments
    • Walk-in clinic
    • Acute sports-injury care, including fractures and sprains
    • Overuse injuries
    • Growth-plate injuries
    • Activity-related back pain
    • Corticosteroid, trigger-point and platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) injections
    • Sports psychology/neuropsychology services
    • Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) program
    • Comprehensive sports physicals
    • Community education
    • Motion analysis to assess gait, prevent injury and maximize performance

    Commonly Treated Sports Medicine 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