From preparing a child to take the soccer field – to individualized physical therapy after a dance injury – Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU is where young athletes get better! Our team provides specialized care, instruction and conditioning to address the unique strength and flexibility needs of growing athletes. We provide physical and occupational therapy services, specializing in the treatment of young children playing in recreation leagues – to middle school and college athletes through age 21. Our therapists take into consideration the athlete's age, sport and competitive level to develop a rehabilitation program specific to their needs.
Designed for young athletes
Therapists work closely with physicians, coaches, teachers and athletic trainers to implement a care plan to help athletes safely return to play and school, reduce the chance of re-injury and maximize sports performance.
Common sports injuries
- Knee injuries (ACL, MCL and meniscal-related injuries)
- Shoulder, elbow and hand injuries
- Fractures and dislocations
- Sprains and strains
- Back injuries
- Overuse injuries
- Alignment issues
- Pain and chronic conditions
Overview of services
- Personalized evaluation and rehab program designed specifically for the athlete's injury, age and sport
- Care tailored to the unique needs of young athletes and their changing bodies
- Individualized home exercise program for advanced recovery
- Exercise recommendations at discharge to encourage continued athletic improvement
- Training in exercise techniques designed to maximize stability, flexibility and strength, minimize the risk of re-injury and correct imbalances that might contribute to other injuries
- Consultation with coaches and athletic trainers for care continuation and improved sports performance post rehabilitation
- Shoe, orthotic and equipment assessments
Why choose CHoR for sports therapy?
Athletes who work with a dedicated pediatric team experience improved performance and a faster and safer recovery. Children's bodies are still developing and require different coaching, conditioning and medical care than more mature adult athletes. Growth and development leave young children more susceptible to injury. When injury occurs, it is important to seek proper medical attention from an experienced team that understands the demanding nature of sports on a child's body.
Appointments and locations
We provide sports therapy at six convenient locations throughout Central and Northern Virginia. To schedule an appointment, contact the therapy center nearest you.