Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes

Children's Hospital Oakland's Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes is a specially-designated facility dedicated to the care, treatment, and education of young athletes in the East Bay area. We have three facilities located in Oakland, Walnut Creek and San Ramon. Because of growing bones and cartilage, unlike those of a skeletally-mature adult, are susceptible to injuries, young athletes should be managed differently than older athletes. That's why UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland developed a one-of-a-kind resource for sports injury care and prevention, offering young athletes the most current and comprehensive medical care and educational programming available.

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Safe Sports Recovery and Injury Prevention

  • We're the first sports medicine program in Northern California to work exclusively with young athletes. Our objective is to, first and foremost, facilitate a child's quick and safe return to the enjoyment of sports through ongoing education and training.
  • In addition to rapid and efficient evaluation and treatment of sports-related injuries, we're the Bay Area’s leading provider of sports performance classes and injury prevention programs.

A Rehabilitation Team of Expert Medical Providers and Sports Trainers

  • At the heart of our rehabilitation services are a diverse team of pediatric specialists, sports-certified physical therapists, and physicians who are experienced at addressing not only a wide range of sports injury and rehabilitation issues but also the health and well-being of the whole child.
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation programs are offered through the Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes until optimal performance is achieved.

Well-Rounded, Dedicated Staff

  • Since 2004, the Sports Medicine Center has worked exclusively with young athletes to manage, rehabilitate, and prevent sports injuries.
  • Our staff includes physical therapists, certified strength and conditioning specialists, certified athletic trainers, kinesiologists, and biomechanists—all of whom have extensive knowledge and experience in the prevention, diagnosis and management of sports-related injuries in children and adolescents.

Bay Area Convenience with Hospital-Level Services

  • The Sports Medicine Center offers services in Contra Costa County at Shadelands in Walnut Creek. Both the Sports Medicine Center in Walnut Creek and at Children's Hospital in Oakland offer physical therapy and expert care for athletic and sports injuries.
  • We offer a seamless continuum of expert care guided by sports-certified experts who specialize in pediatric care in a more formal hospital setting.

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