The emphasis on year-round involvement in sports activities by our children and adolescents may result in injury. While serious injury occurs, it is fortunately not frequent. Year round involvement, however, frequently results in gradual breakdown from overuse with resultant pain in limbs or back.
In sports medicine, the focus is on early appropriate treatment of the athlete’s condition while keeping them involved as much as possible during recovery, as long as it’s safe for them and for the other competitors. The Sports Care team treats a range of typical sports-related musculoskeletal injuries—fractures, sprains and strains, contusions and bruises, knee and ankle injury and back pain —but also addresses non-orthopedic problems, such as irregular menses in female athletes, concussion and cardiac evaluations in conjunction with our core of expert in-house consultants.
St. Christopher’s also offers surgical options for sports-related injuries and trauma through the orthopedic surgeons that are a part of the hospitals’ Surgery Department. Sports-related injuries in children and teenagers are different in nature and severity than they were just 10 years ago, in part because the young athlete tends to focus on one sport all year long and train and compete at greater intensities than in the past. This has led to tears of the meniscus and ACL injuries of the knee in athletes who are significantly younger than those injured in past years.
To that end, our team provides educational experiences for area pediatricians and family medicine specialists on common conditions in the young athlete, such as overuse injuries of the elbow and shoulder caused by pitching a baseball or softball.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (215) 427-3131.
St. Chris Sports
Therapy for the Young Athlete
At St. Chris Sports, our highly skilled sports experts emphasize proper conditioning; and educate athletes, caregivers and coaches to prevent injuries before they ever step on the field. Our goal is get them back in the game safer and stronger.
We understand that treating young athletes is a team effort, that's why we keep an open dialogue with the athlete, family, coach and referring physician. We're then able to adjust programs according to changing needs and achieve optimal results.
Our services include:
Our treatment programs are based on advanced pediatric rehabilitation techniques that both heal and minimize the risk of re-injury. Our programs focus on:
- Initial pain and inflammation control
- Restoring flexibility and strength
- Enhancing power, agility and endurance
Our staff develops individual, small group and team-based conditioning programs for all phases of the season. With a specialization in growth and development, along with the demands of sports, we're able to improve athletic performance and minimize the risk of future injury.
Our specialists will work to educate athletes and their families on a variety of vital issues -- from pre-conditioning exercise to injury prevention. Specialists are available to provide seminars to teams, schools and organizations on:
- Injury prevention
- Off-season conditioning
Our staff includes:
- Physical therapists
- Occupational therapists
- Medical and surgical sports medicine physicians
We accept patients until age 21
500 Old York Road, Suite 250
Jenkintown, PA 19046
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