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Elite Sports Medicine (ESM) is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program dedicated to helping adolescent and young adult athletes reach their top athletic performance. For more than 15 years, the sports medicine program at Connecticut Children's has worked with youth, high school, college and professional athletes to improve their health and safety, as well as to prevent, treat and rehabilitate all sport injuries from head to toe. ESM believes athletic performance, from proper training to injury rehabilitation, requires multidisciplinary attention.

The diverse expertise among Elite Sports Medicine specialists allows for comprehensive and coordinated care focused on student athletes who are ages 10-30. Our care focuses on athletes who engage in all kinds of sports including, but not limited to, individual, team, contact, water, winter and recreational sports. Services offered by Elite Sports Medicine include:

  • Casting & Splinting
  • Concussion Management
  • Injury Prevention
  • Non-Operative Sport Medicine
  • Research
  • Specialized Sports Physical Therapy
  • Sports Nutrition Services
  • Surgical Sports Medicine
  • Transitional Therapy

Our sports medicine specialists are experts in evaluating and treating injuries whether they happened on or off the playing field and we help patients regain mobility, flexibility and strength so they can get back to performing at their best. Injuries treated by the specialist of Elite Sports Medicine include:

Ankle

  • Lateral ankle sprains
  • Osteochondral injury of the talus
  • Peroneal tendon injuries
  • Stress fractures
  • Syndesmosis sprains (high ankle sprains)

Elbow

  • Lateral epicondylitis (Tennis elbow)
  • Medial epicondylitis (Golfer's elbow)
  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)
  • Synovial impingement syndrome (SIPL)
  • Ulnar collateral ligament tears

Head

  • Concussion

Hip

  • Femoral acetabular impingement (FAI)
  • Labral tear
  • Snapping hip syndrome

Knee

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear
  • Iliotibial band syndrome (ITB)
  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain
  • Meniscus tears
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)
  • Patellar dislocation
  • Patellar tendinitis (Jumper's knee)
  • Patellofemoral (kneecap) pain

Lower Leg

  • Exertional compartment syndrome
  • Medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splints)
  • Stress Fractures

Shoulder

  • Multidirectional Instability (MDI)
  • Proximal humeral epiphysiolysis (Little Leaguer's shoulder)
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Rotator cuff tendinitis (shoulder bursitis)
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome
  • Shoulder labral tears
  • Shoulder separation

Wrist

  • Dorsal wrist syndrome
  • Scaphoid fracture
  • Triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) tears