Children’s National launches premier pediatric sports medicine center
The Fight For Children Sports Medicine Center at Children’s National is the first facility of its kind dedicated solely to young athletes in the Washington, D.C., region and serves as a one-stop shop for children’s athletic endeavors. The center houses orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, physical therapists and imaging specialists and includes sports performance and injury prevention programs, a state-of-the-art rehabilitation and training gym and a motion capture lab for traditional 3D gait analysis and sports performance improvement.
“Children are not just small adults. They are their own entity and have concerns that are specific to them. We’ve developed the center in a way that focuses on young and adolescent athletes,” says Matthew Oetgen, M.D., M.B.A., division chief of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at Children’s National Hospital. “It’s not just about treating the injury — it’s about getting them rehabbed and instilling the confidence that they can get back and play sports again and that there’s not going to be another issue that we can’t solve together.”
Taking care of an athlete and improving their performance includes many steps and providers. The Fight For Children Sports Medicine Center offers integrated care that allows children to recover from injuries, improve their performance and prevent future injuries all under one roof. This makes the treatment plan more cohesive for the care team and more convenient for patients and families.
The Fight For Children’s Sports Medicine Center is now accepting patients in Silver Spring, MD. Visit our website to learn more.