Sports Medicine for Children

Sports Medicine for Children

Children enjoy naturally active lives. And activity sometimes can lead to injury. As children grow and begin to participate in organized sports or decide to pursue individual or team-based competitive sports, they can increase achievement while staying as healthy and safe as possible by learning to reduce or avoid potential injury during physical activity or athletic performance and getting the care they need to recover well if injury occurs.

Children’s Sports Medicine Specialists Close to Home

Take advantage of expert children’s sports medicine services close to home when you choose Oklahoma Children's Health OU Health in Oklahoma City, Edmond or Tulsa. You’ll find Oklahoma’s only sports medicine pediatrician, as well as internal medicine doctors, orthopedic surgeons, specially trained family medicine doctors, therapists and rehabilitation specialists who recognize the proper guidance and care needed to help children’s growing bodies remain healthy, active and strong while engaged in athletic performance.

Your child benefits from extensive evaluation, testing and diagnosis for a wide range of sport-related injury, including concussion, in a comprehensive sports medicine program trusted by elite athletes, competitive marathon runners and NFL players, as well as the region’s top baseball, soccer and college teams, and public schools in Tulsa.

Treatment for Sport-Related Injuries & Conditions

At OU Health, you and your child will work with fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians who spent several years gaining hands-on, in-depth experience for diagnosing and treating children’s sport-related situations, including unusual injuries specific to certain sports or a variety of activity-based conditions such as:

Children's Sports Medicine Services

Get expert care for your child’s activity- or sport-related injury or rehabilitation and guidance to enhance recovery from OU Health’s wide array of non-surgical and surgical specialists and therapists who provide advanced treatments such as:

  • Arthroscopy – Minimally invasive procedure to repair joints, including knee, shoulder, hip, ankle, elbow
  • Concussion evaluation and treatment, education and information for student athletes, teachers, coaches, parents and trainers
  • Exercise evaluations – Bring your own equipment, if desired
  • Exercise prescriptions, including customized fitness plans
  • Fracture care
  • Gait analysis and special programs for runners
  • Injury prevention information and guidance
  • Injection therapy to reduce joint inflammation
  • Iontophoresis – Transdermal drug delivery without injection
  • Joint aspiration for accurate diagnosis
  • Musculoskeletal injury evaluation and treatment
  • Musculoskeletal manual manipulation therapy
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Phonophoresis – Ultrasound enhancement for topical anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Pre-participation sports physical examinations
  • Range-of-motion (ROM) therapies
  • Return-to-play decision guidance
  • Sport psychology
  • Strength conditioning
  • Strength training
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) – Non-invasive, non-prescription pain relief approach
  • Ultrasound-guided injections for more precise and less painful treatment of joint-related conditions
  • Weight-loss programs

If your child experiences a sudden injury, ask about same-day appointments for treatment, with follow-up rehabilitative care that uses advanced technology and strengthening regimens.

Human Performance Lab at OU Health in Tulsa

Get expert care for all types of musculoskeletal problems in children, even those not related to sports, from specialists at OU Health’s human performance lab in Tulsa. In addition to the advanced sports medicine services you’ll find at all OU Health locations, your child can work with OU Health’s Tulsa team to understand the limits of current physical capacity or performance and track improvements. You and your child can take advantage of a variety of body composition tests, performance or training support and other services, including:

  • Fracture management
  • Lactate threshold test – Indicates maximum intensity your body can maintain without a large increase in lactic acid that could slow muscle recovery
  • Muscular exhaustion test – Evaluates endurance by measuring the decrease in muscle ability and function through incremental exercise that increases in intensity
  • Modality specific testing – Identifies methods and areas for individualized performance improvement
  • Spirometry (breathing test) for exercise-induced asthma
  • Stress fracture testing
  • 12-lead cardiac stress testing and electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
  • Ultrasound-guided injections for more precise and less painful treatment of joint-related conditions
  • Video-based gait analysis
  • VO2 max test – Determines maximum amount (volume) of oxygen your body can use during exercise; supports cardiorespiratory fitness

Concussion Center at OU Health

Any direct blow or jolt to the head may lead to a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even forces affecting other parts of the body may send shocks to the head that can contribute to concussion. Symptoms ranging from headache and dizziness to trouble walking or thinking clearly or vision problems mean your child needs immediate evaluation for possible concussion.

Whether you choose OU Health in Oklahoma City, Tulsa or Edmond for concussion care, our sports medicine professionals review your child’s situation in depth and work with you and your child to determine appropriate treatment or make a referral to specialists for personalized attention to your child’s specific condition. In addition, you receive guidance and recommendations for when your child may safely return to school or to exercise, activity or playing sports.

Your Child’s Expert Sports Medicine Care Team

No matter your age, level of athletic ability or your hometown, you’ll find exceptional children’s sports medicine care and services from OU Health providers near you. All sports medicine doctors in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Edmond and across the region completed their fellowship training in sports medicine through OU Health and our academic partner, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma’s only academic medical center.

Your child benefits from the experience of OU Health’s extensively educated sports medicine and rehabilitation professionals who work as a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers, including physical therapists, family medicine physicians, internal medicine physicians, orthopedic surgeons and others to help your child recover from injury as quickly as possible or establish the exercise, strengthening, conditioning and training programs that support top athletic performance and overall good health.

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