Pediatric Sports Medicine at Tampa General Hospital
Pediatric sports medicine is a field that deals with the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries that occur during youth athletics or affect sports performance. While being involved in sports is a great way for children to stay healthy and grow stronger, the chance of injury is always present. Physicians who specialize in treating pediatric sports injuries have a special understanding of the rigors of youth sports and the variety of injuries that can put children on the sidelines, as well as how to minimize the recovery time for these injuries.
Common Conditions Treated with Sports Medicine
Pediatric sports medicine focuses on a variety of different conditions that can occur during youth sports, including:
- ACL tears
- Ankle sprains
- Joint dislocations
- Tendon and ligament injuries
- Muscle strains
- Stress fractures
- Growth plate injuries
- Cartilage injuries
- Foot stress reactions
Growth Plate Injuries
Growth plate injuries can be especially problematic for young athletes, so it is important that they are diagnosed and treated properly and in a timely fashion by a pediatric sports medicine expert. A growth plate is the area of growing tissue near the end of a long bone, and if it is injured it needs to be addressed promptly and appropriately so the affected bone can continue to grow normally.
At Tampa General Hospital’s Children's Medical Center, children of all ages can receive the qualified sports medicine care they deserve. Our team, which includes surgeons, nurse practitioners, child life specialists, pharmacists, therapists, care coordinators, and other health professionals, uses an integrated approach that takes into account a child’s mental and emotional needs while also providing high-quality medical treatment. Our affiliation with the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine also allows us to rely on a talented staff of pediatric physicians that is dedicated to providing the best care possible.
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