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female athlete program

Female athletes suffer more concussions and often take longer to recover than boys. They are also at higher risk of knee injuries. We believe the answer is not to tell young athletes to stop playing, but to focus on building strength and optimizing technique to prevent future injury and promote healing.

Our team is made up of leaders in sports medicine who understand the importance of sports in a young female's life. In fact, over 50 percent of our sports and orthopaedic providers are female!  Many of our providers played competitive sports in high school and college and some competed at a national level and international level. Our team collaborates with local organizations female athletes to help them reach their athletic potential.

we specialize in:

  • ACL injury and recovery
  • concussion prevention and recovery
  • female athlete triad and relative energy deficiency in sport
  • sports nutrition and how to balance intake with performance
  • bone health and low bone density
  • sports endocrine issues

primary care sports medicine

Although sports medicine often involves the care of muscles and joints injured during activity, there are also medical issues that affect one’s ability to exercise safely and effectively. Our primary care sports medicine providers see all non-surgical musculoskeletal issues as well as sports-related medical issues. These include overtraining, the Female Athlete Triad, exercise-induced asthma, hypermobility  and recurrent stress fractures. 

orthopedic surgery

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, women only represented 4.6 percent of practicing orthopedic surgeons in the nation. Here at Dayton Children's we have three!!! When sports injuries or other musculoskeletal conditions require surgery, our orthopedic surgeons are specialized in surgery for sports-related conditions.

sports performance

Sportsmetrics™ is a scientifically proven, six-week training program that incorporates proper stretching, special plyometric exercises and weight training.  It focuses on developing overall leg strength as well as improving balance in strength from the front to the back of the thigh.  Through specialized progression of jump/plyometric drills, athletes learn proper techniques for jumping and landing; increase overall leg strength; improve symmetry in right-to-left leg power and can improve vertical jump. Sportsmetrics™ is the first program scientifically proven to decrease knee injuries in athletes, especially females.  Learn more. 


nutritional services

Our sports nutritionists are trained and skilled in treating the female athlete. Our team will work with food preferences, physical activity profile, and lifestyle to design a nutrition program that meets personal goals and needs. 

During the first consultation, the dietitian will assess:

  • The nutritional demands of your athlete’s sport
  • Current health status
  • Athletic goal(s)
  • Home life

Appointment request:

To request an appointment with sports nutrition, please call 937-641- 4000 , option #2.

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mental health resource connection 

The Mental Health Resource Connection program is a service that connects patients and families to available mental health services in the community. The service is administered by social workers experienced in evaluating pediatric mental health needs and the services required to meet those needs. The Mental Health Resource Connection strives to improve the mental health status of children in Dayton Children's service area. Conditions
evaluated include (but are not limited to):
• Emotional issues
• Anger issues
• Behavioral issues
• Eating disorders
• Anxiety
• Family conflicts
• Depression

Learn more about how the Mental Health Resource Connection works. You can also access our online directory to search for mental health resources in your community.

schedule appointment contact us

Appointments available without a referral from a physician.
Same or next day appointments available.

schedule appointment

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