The Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital provides world-renowned clinical programs in sports and dance medicine, with additional sub-specialty expertise in sports podiatry. Boston Children's award-winning staff at the Division of Sports Medicine treats athletes of all ages, and provides the following services:
Consultation and Emergency Care
A sports medicine physician is on call 24 hours a day for emergency sports injury care and consultation.
- Prevention of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
- Knee injuries
- Lower back injuries
- Sports-specific training
- Hip arthroscopy
- ImPACT testing
- Female athlete triad
- Sports psychology
Comprehensive physical therapy and rehabilitation programs are thoughtfully woven into the treatment plan at the start in order to provide the best possible outcome for orthopedic injuries.
Psychological counseling is available to help injured athletes deal with the stresses of a sports-related injury.
Pre-season physicals—which are usually required for sports participation by schools, summer camps and organized sports—are important not only for following standard rules of sports organizations, but because it is an opportunity for a physician to actively prevent sports injuries. These evaluations help identify any pre-existing conditions that could affect the type and amount of physical activity for an athlete. Evaluations are available by appointment, and take into account the athlete’s age, sport and level of competition.
Sporting Event Coverage
Physicians are available to provide medical coverage for a variety of dance and sporting events, particularly football and hockey games, as well as performing arts events on a scheduled basis. Coverage for mass participation sporting events is also available.