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Pain and injuries are part of most athletes' lives. The dedicated sports medicine specialists at CTPO are here to make sure those injuries interfere as little as possible with our young athletes.


Whether your child is having pain while competing, has sustained an overuse injury, or has suffered a ligament tear or cartilage injury, our sports medicine team is here to get your child back in the game.


A pediatric sports medicine specialist is someone who is specifically trained to take care of young athletes. They usually have completed an orthopedic surgery residency as well as a pediatric orthopedic surgery fellowship. Some complete a second fellowship in sports medicine or receive additional training during residency and fellowship in sports medicine. Pediatric sports medicine specialists are active in research and quality improvement in the care of young athletes being members of international societies such as the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America (POSNA) as well as Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRiSM).



Pediatric sports medicine is the treatment of young athletes from early childhood through adolescence into young adulthood. Kids are not just little adults. Children are constantly growing and their bones grow much faster than their muscles and tendons, especially during growth spurts. This can lead to injuries called traction apophysitis (such as Osgood Schlatter, Severs, etc).


Children also have growth plates which are areas of cartilage at the ends of bones that can be injured in sporting activities. Surgery can also be challenging in the pediatric athlete because of the presence of growth plates. The pediatric sports medicine specialists at CTPO have been trained to perform surgeries that do not injure the growth plate. Some growth plates do not fully close until 18-20 years old.



Shoulder Injuries

  • Broken Collarbone

  • Labrum Tear

  • Little League Shoulder

  • Shoulder Instability and Dislocation

  • Shoulder Separation (Acromioclavicular Joint Separation)

  • Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior (SLAP) Tears

  • Throwers Shoulder/GIRD

Elbow Injuries

  • Little League Elbow

  • Avulsion Fracture of the Medial Epicondyle

  • Olecranon Apophysitis

  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) Injury

Hip Injuries

  • Femoral Acetabular Impingement (FAI)

  • Snapping Hip

  • Hip and Groin Strains

  • Overuse hip conditions (such as those seen in dancers and gymnasts)

  • Pelvic apophysitis Pelvic avulsion fractures

Ankle Injuries

  • Ankle instability/Recurrent Ankle Sprains

  • Ankle Fractures

  • Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

  • Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Ankle (OCD)