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Sports are a big part of American culture. In the US, millions of children play organized sports. The best reason for children to play sports is to have fun. However, there are many other benefits for children who play sports.
Twenty percent of children in the US are overweight. Playing sports is a great way to make exercise fun and help children to develop healthy habits. And, sports can help children improve their agility, balance and coordination.
Active kids are healthy kids, but participating in sports can also put additional stress on children’s growing bodies and result in injury. MD Pediatrics’ specialized approach to sports medicine keeps children in the game, while providing evaluation and guidance to prevent injuries from happening in the first place.
Focusing on the unique needs of school-age and adolescent athletes, our practitioners provide sports physicals and comprehensive sports medicine services that emphasize injury prevention, proper nutrition, and diagnosis and treatment of both chronic and acute injuries.
If your child should become injured, we will coordinate care as needed with your child’s extended care team, including orthopedists, radiologists, and rehabilitation specialists. This comprehensive approach to care guides young athletes through recovery, provides support for the families caring for them, and helps the child safely return to the sport he or she loves.
All children should have a physical exam before they begin playing any sport. Tell the coach if your child has any medical problems. Children should not participate in sports when they are sick, in pain, or tired.