Dayton Children’s launches sports medicine for young athletes

January 19, 2014

DAYTON — Dayton Children’s Hospital recently announced the launch of a new service line—sports medicine with a focus on treatment of sports injuries in young athletes. The Dayton Children’s sports medicine team is specially trained in pediatrics and understands how an injury may impact growth, or how growth might impact rehabilitation.

“Kids’ injuries, especially sports injuries, are not the same as adults’,” says Lora Scott, MD, medical director of primary care sports medicine. “We saw a need for pediatric sports medicine in the Dayton region and wanted to fill it.”

Beginning Jan. 6, Dayton Children’s will offer sports medicine services for children and teens in two locations, the outpatient center at Dayton Children’s main campus and also at its Springboro location. The space at its main campus will include a rehabilitation area, four exam rooms, reception area, a throwing/hitting lane, on-site imaging, and a bracing lab. The team will utilize the urgent care space in Springboro which includes 10 exam rooms as well as access to on-site rehabilitation services and medical imaging.

The new sports medicine program will offer a variety of services including:

  • Same-day or next-day appointments
  • Sports physical therapy
  • Concussion management program
  • Neurocognitive concussion testing- post concussion testing along with FREE preseason baseline testing
  • Management of non-surgical musculoskeletal injuries- with referral to pediatric sports orthopaedic surgeons when needed
  • Established Monday afternoon walk-in sports medicine fracture clinic (main campus location)
  • Consultations regarding sports nutrition, sports psychology, sports-related breathing issues, injury related complications, and return to sport evaluations

“Our program offers young athletes the opportunity to see specialists who know the growing body, instead of physicians and facilities that typically treat fully grown athletes and adults,” says Jeff Mikutis, MD, surgical director of sports medicine. “These young athletes still have open growth plates and are still developing and growing physically and psychologically. They cannot be cared for the same as an adult. They require the specialized care only available at Dayton Children’s.”

To contact the sports medicine specialists at Dayton Children’s please call 937-641-3939. For more information visit: www.childrensdayton.org/cms/sports-medicine/index.html.