What is the Sports Medicine Program?

The Sports Medicine Program serves children and adolescents of all ages who are hurt in sports or other active play. Our experts work together closely as a team to give your child complete care and get them back to their usual activities. We focus not only on healing current injuries, but also on preventing injuries in the future and improving performance.

We diagnose, treat and prevent a wide range of acute and chronic sports injuries, including:

What’s special about Seattle Children’s Sports Medicine Program?

    • Our specialists see children and adolescents at every activity level and in all types of sports, including recreational and elite national athletes, Special Olympians, children who have limb differences or need adaptive equipment and those who take a tumble on the playground.
    • Whatever your child’s unique needs, we have the expertise to care for them.
    • All of our providers have been involved in competitive sports as athletes and understand the challenges and demands of playing. We also care for professional and Olympic athletes.
    • Your child gets quick access to care and does not need a referral to make an appointment.

    • To help your child return to play quickly and safely, we do more than treat their current injury. We focus on preventing repeat or new injuries. Making sure your child is well prepared for their activity can increase performance and help avoid long recoveries from accidents and overuse.
    • Often this means we fine-tune your child’s activity level and design a sports physical therapy program to improve their strength and flexibility.
    • The Sports Medicine team will work with you to develop a plan that is custom-made for your child’s needs.
    • Our Athletic Trainers Program works with athletes, coaches and parents to prevent and treat injuries at many high schools and youth sporting events in the greater Puget Sound area.

    • We know your child is more than just the part that hurts right now. We take into account your child’s age, feelings, goals, nutrition, growth and more.
    • Children and adolescents are not just little adults. The best pediatric sports medicine is geared to a child’s exact stage of development. This is our approach at Seattle Children’s.

    • Our treatment plans are based on the newest research about what will be best for patients. We partner with you to make sure the treatment plan works for your family.
    • We offer both surgical and nonsurgical options, including rehabilitation, imaging and nutrition.
    • When surgery is needed, we use techniques that limit the risk of injury to growing bones.

Who’s on the team?

Our team of nationally recognized experts includes doctors who specialize in sports medicine, surgeons, sports physical therapists, dietitians, athletic trainers and adolescent medicine specialists.

We work together to develop a treatment plan that ensures coordinated and detailed care from the very start.

Providers in the program include:

Doctors

Physician assistants

Members of the Sports Medicine team are also members of the Seattle Sports Concussion Program.

Scheduling an Appointment With the Sports Medicine Program