Children's Sports Medicine


Sports can be a great way for children to stay active and healthy, and learn lessons about teamwork and life. But the exertion and collisions that are part of sports can cause bone and muscle injuries, including:

  • Sprains - stretching or tearing of a ligament, the tissue that connects bones or joints.
  • Strains -stretching or tearing of a muscle.
  • Stress fractures - tiny breaks in the bone, usually caused by sports that include lots of running and jumping.
  • Overused injuries - these can occur in the knee, lower leg muscles (shin splints), heel or shoulder (rotator cuff), especially in children who specialize in one sport.
  • Jarring blows - from contact or a fall.

Because children’s bones, joints and muscles are constantly growing, sports-related injuries require the attention of a specialist known as a pediatric orthopedist. Just like in sports, we take a team approach to diagnose, treat and rehab your child’s sports injuries. The end result is a comprehensive recovery plan that combines the best minds at Mercy, so your child can get back in the game.


Our Mercy Kids specialists have the experience, facilities and technology to handle a wide range of injuries.

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