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Kids are unique; they are not just small adults. Kids deserve care that is developed specifically for them to reach their own unique milestones—that includes athletics.

why choose Dayton Children’s sports medicine?

  • We treat more youth and teen orthopaedics than anybody else in the Dayton area.
  • Young athletes’ bones have growth plates and must be treated carefully to prevent long-term damage.
  • During growth spurts, young athletes are more likely to have unique injuries and conditions that our team is trained to handle.
  • The psychology of a young athlete is different. Our team gets to know each athlete, how they think, feel and what motivates them.
  • Sports medicine is part of the orthopaedic team and knows the pediatric difference

At Dayton Children’s Hospital, our certified and fellowship trained sports medicine experts are dedicated to the care of athletes. And because our team is specially trained in pediatrics, we understand how an injury may impact growth, or how growth might impact rehabilitation and for a growing athlete, it can mean a huge difference in recovery and return to play.

dayton children's sports medicine

Dayton Children's sports medicine | treating tomorrow's champions

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The sports medicine department welcomes phone calls to 937- 641-3939 during our normal business hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Appointments available without a referral from a physician.
Same or next day appointments available.
937-641-3939

conditions we treat:

sports concussions

The term concussion might make you think of someone knocked unconscious while playing sports. But concussions — temporary disruptions of brain function — can happen with any head injury, often without a loss of consciousness.

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fractures

Fracture, or commonly called broken bone, happen frequently with athletes. Stress fractures are weak areas of a bone from overuse. We care for more pediatric fractures than anyone in the region.

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dislocations

A dislocation is an injury to a joint — a place where two or more of your bones come together — in which the ends of your bones are forced from their normal positions. Dislocations often occur in contact sports, such as football and hockey, and in sports that may involve falls, such as gymnastics and volleyball.

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knee pain

Because the knee is such a complex joint with many moving parts, knee injuries are quite common. Frequent causes of injuries are overuse, sudden stops or twists, or direct blows to the knee. Injuries such as sprains, ligament tears, tendonitis are very common in sports.

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sprains

Sprains are common injuries, especially among active older kids and teens who play sports. Sprains usually are caused by injuries that involve turning, twisting, or stopping suddenly, such as twisting an ankle. A bad sprain may take a month to heal, sometimes longer.

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strains

Strains are an injury to a muscle or tendon. Tendons connect muscle to bone. Strains are often managed with time off, physical therapy, and a gradual return to avoid repeating the same injury. Treatment plans vary and can be customized around a sports season.

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growth plate injuries / irritation

Growth plates are the areas of rapid growth in each bone. These injuries are unique to children and should be managed by pediatric experts. In a child who is going through a growth spurt, the growth plate is more susceptible to injury than other parts of the bone and muscle. Growth plate pain can be from overuse or from an identifiable injury.

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exercise induced asthma

Many kids with asthma have symptoms when they exercise. Cold, dry air that's inhaled during exercise is believed to be the main cause of these symptoms. But with careful management, they usually can do anything their peers can do.

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skin infections

Minor trauma to the skin (such as scratches) and poor skin hygiene increase the potential for infection. Symptoms of these infections can vary depending on where they appear on the body. Common skin infections include ringworm and impetigo.

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sports nutrition

Kids and teens who are involved in all-day competitions or endurance sports (like rowing, cross-country running, or competitive swimming) may need to consume more food to keep up with increased energy demands. Most athletes will naturally eat the right amount of food their bodies need. But if you're concerned that your child is getting too much or too little food, check in with your doctor.

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additional resources

Connect with resources and support for sports medicine related conditions.

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concussion management program

Dayton Children’s concussion management program gets kids safely back in the game.

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preparing for your visit

Learn what you need to know before your sports medicine visit.

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sports medicine affiliates

See who we are partnered with and add your organization to the list.

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athletic training

Learn how to get athletic training coverage for your next event.

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sportsmetrics fitness training

Stay injury free and train with us. Learn more about our Sportsmetrics training program.

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