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Sports Medicine for Young Athletes at Children’s Hospital Colorado

Sports Medicine for Young Athletes offers comprehensive evaluation and care for children and young adults into their 20s with all types of injuries and conditions affecting sports performance. We provide age-appropriate treatments for young athletes, from dancers and cheerleaders to football and soccer players.

Our team of pediatric sports medicine experts includes sports medicine physicians, sports-trained orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, clinicians, researchers and athletic trainers. This group works together to develop safe, effective treatments that return young athletes to playing sports. And, with locations throughout Colorado, Sports Medicine for Young Athletes offers exceptional care close to home.

What makes our program unique?

At Children’s Colorado, our board-certified sports medicine experts only see young athletes. Because our team is specially trained in pediatrics, we understand how an injury may impact growth, or how growth might impact rehabilitation. We also offer supportive care in areas like sports nutrition and sports psychology. In partnership with other top specialists at Children’s Colorado, we are always developing new programs for sports-related conditions. For example, our team is partnering with pediatric pulmonologists from the Breathing Institute to develop a new sports asthma program.

Our program offers pediatric-specific resources like x-ray and MRI machines, operating rooms, and dedicated sports therapy gyms. And, through the Center for Gait and Movement Analysis we offer unique research opportunities, including studies on how 3-D motion capture may be used to help optimize sports performance.

Beyond the clinic, experts from Sports Medicine for Young Athletes provide community-based support by staffing certified athletic trainers at regional high schools, as well as at a local soccer club. Learn more about our work in the community.

Why the team approach?

Accurate assessment and age-appropriate therapies are very important when treating young athletes who are still growing and developing as they recover from and manage an injury.

Using our team’s collective pediatric expertise, we’re able to develop an integrated treatment plan for each patient. This team approach compliments each athlete’s situation and facilitates their rehabilitation back into sports.

Why choose Sports Medicine for Young Athletes at Children’s Colorado?

The combination of pediatric sports medicine expertise, dedicated pediatric facilities and state-of-the-art technology at Children’s Colorado is unique in our region. Plus, our same-day or next-day appointments at locations throughout Colorado help us return players to their sport as safely and quickly as possible.

What services does Sports Medicine for Young Athletes offer?

  • Same-day or next-day appointments at locations throughout Colorado
  • Sports physical therapy services, including two dedicated sports therapy gyms
  • Concussion diagnosis, management and direct referral to the Concussion Program
  • Fracture management with same-day x-rays, splinting and casting for broken bones
  • Dedicated sports medicine surgeons, experienced in treating youth to professional athletes
  • Consultations regarding sports nutrition, sports psychology, sports related breathing issues, injury related complications, and return to sport evaluations
  • Sports nutrition consultation offerings personalized for the young athlete to optimize their sports performance
  • Community education for primary care providers, parents, athletic directors, coaches and athletic trainers
  • Sideline and event coverage by physicians and athletic trainers for several high schools and sports clubs in metro-Denver
  • Opportunities to participate in innovative research projects focused on understanding the efficacy of different treatment approaches for youth sports injuries

How to schedule an appointment

To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call (720) 777-3899. We are happy to consult with parents or referring providers before a patient is seen at Children’s Colorado.

Insurance benefits and referrals

Some insurance companies require a referral from a primary care provider before appointments can be arranged. Once a referral is in place, most insurance companies will cover specialty care visits for patients with concussions.

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