Sports Medicine Division | Patient Resources

A parent or guardian must accompany children younger than 18 years at appointments. Boston Children’s Sports Medicine Division offers appointments in Boston, Lexington, Peabody and Waltham.

To schedule an appointment or speak with a specialist, visit our contact us page.

How long will my appointment take?

The nature of your condition or injury will determine the length of your appointment. Patients frequently require X-rays, which can add 10 minutes to your visit; these are done at the 319 Longwood Avenue clinic on the 6th floor.

All the doctors and staff at the Sports Medicine Division work extremely hard to see each patient at their scheduled time and make their visit as enjoyable as possible, but sometimes emergencies occur that require immediate attention from our staff, which may cause your appointment to be delayed.

What should I bring to the appointment?

Please bring previous X-rays, MRIs, CT scans or any other tests that have been done related to your injury or condition. If you wear a brace or other supportive device please bring it with you for evaluation. Lastly, please remember to bring your insurance cards.

What should I wear to my appointment?

Wear shorts if you are having your knee or hip examined. Females may wish to wear a sports bra, tank top or swimsuit under their clothing if they are having their back or shoulder examined.

tests and procedures

Tests and procedures

   •    Bone Scan
   •    CT Scan
   •    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
   •    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Arthrogram 
   •    X-Ray


Do I need a referral to see a doctor in the Sports Medicine Division?

The following insurance companies require referrals:

  • Blue Choice
  • BMC Healthnet
  • Commonwealth PPO
  • Fallon
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • Healthflex Blue
  • Health Source
  • HCHP
  • HMO Blue
  • Mass Health
  • Neighborhood Health Plan
  • Tufts Healthcare
  • US Healthcare

How do I get a referral?

Harvard Pilgrim: This insurance company typically provides two or three visit referrals at a time, which are valid for either six months or a year. You must know the number of visits allowed per referral and the duration of the referral.

Health Flex Blue, HMO Blue, Blue Choice: Referrals are given in series of 3 visits, the first of which must take place within 60 days of the initial referral and the two remaining visits within 90 days of the initial service date.

Tufts: Referrals are given in various allotments and are usually valid for one year in duration. You must know the number of visits allowed per referral.

What if I don't have a referral?

Patients seen without a referral are subject to full payment at time of visit. We will reimburse you once we receive payment from your insurance company. Patients will be charged as "self-pay" if referrals are not received or if insurance information is incomplete.

When is payment due?

Co-payments are due at the time of each visit. Please check your insurance card or your plan information for the amount due. Co-payments are payable in cash or check. We also accept MasterCard and Visa.

You also have the option submitting payment online. Please visit our pay your bill page to learn more.