COVID-19 Update: Return to Youth Sports Recommendations
When is it safe to resume youth and high school sports? Our Young Athlete Center pediatric sports medicine specialists teamed up with pediatric infection prevention physicians and colleagues across St. Louis to develop recommendations for returning to organized sports and activities.
The orthopedic and sports medicine team at the Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Young Athlete Center is dedicated to caring for kids of all ages with sports-related injuries. Conveniently located in the St. Louis Children’s Specialty Care Center in west St. Louis County, with additional orthopedic services at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in the Central West End, the Young Athlete Center offers:
- Same-day appointments
- Specialized, individualized medical care by Washington University pediatric orthopedic and sports medicine physicians
- Injury evaluation and treatment
- Injury prevention program
- Minimally-invasive, surgical treatment of sports-related injuries
- 4,000-square-foot sports therapy space, including turf field, basketball hoop, sprinting track and advanced diagnostic technology
- On-site imaging, including X-rays, MRI and ultrasound
- Casting, splinting and pediatric specialty care of fractures
- Sports-related concussion assessments
- Comprehensive care for the young athlete, including adolescent medicine, cardiology, physical therapy, pain management, sports psychology, rheumatology and nutrition.
Sports Therapy Space
Young athletes requiring rehabilitation now have a space designed just for them. The Young Athlete Center's new 4,000-square-foot therapy and injury prevention space for sport-specific rehab accommodates running, jumping, kicking and throwing. The space includes:
- Drop-down nets
- Throwing mounds
- Areas covered in indoor turf and hardwood, providing playing surfaces on which athletes can simulate on-field activities
- A 70-foot-long running track that allows athletes to gain enough speed for physicians and therapists to evaluate their movement patterns and guide recommendations for improvement
- Wireless 3-D motion analysis technology to visualize how athletes are moving in order to identify at-risk patterns and provide education on how to prevent injury
- Return-to-sport testing to ensure all athletes are prepared to resume their athletic endeavors
- Care by pediatric-trained sports medicine specialists
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