Sports Medicine

The Center for Sports Medicine at OIC: Meet the Experts

When your child has been injured playing sports, you have two goals: stop the pain and get them back on the court or field—like ASAP. The care providers at OIC’s Center for Sports Medicine share those goals.

From physicians to physical therapists, here are some of the different types of expert care providers you might encounter at OIC's Center For Sports Medicine.


Sports Medicine Physicians

  • Medical doctors with added training in sports medicine. (Many of them are pretty good athletes, too.)
  • They diagnose, manage, and treat sports injuries to muscles or bones.
  • They work with young athletes to prevent future injuries.
  • They give a lot of high fives.


Orthopaedic Surgeons

  • These are sports medicine physicians with added training in doing surgery on arms, legs, and joints.
  • They diagnose and treat any type of injuries to muscle, bone, or joints (e.g., sports injuries, falls, vehicle accidents).
  • They develop treatment plans to help patients manage or prevent issues that arise after surgery like pain, muscle weakness, and restoring motion.  


Nurse Practitioners

  • They can specialize in a wide range of fields, including pediatrics, orthopaedics, and sports medicine.
  • They order and interpret tests to diagnose the injury.
  • They work with physicians to create and manage treatment plans.  
  • They have follow-up visits with patients at the sports medicine clinic to see how the injury is healing.
  • They educate patients about how to prevent another injury.
  • They give out stickers and sometimes candy.


Radiologic Technologists

  • They can specialize in a specific field—such as X-ray or MRI imaging.
  • They do imaging tests to see where the injury is and how severe it is.  
  • They help other members of the medical team interpret images of an muscle, bone, or joint injury.
  • They give out stickers.


Orthopaedic Technologists

  • They apply and remove casts, braces, splints to heal injured bones and joints.
  • They educate patients on caring for casts at home and how to properly use crutches, walkers, and wheelchairs.
  • The sometimes work alongside orthopaedic surgeons to help prepare patients for surgery.
  • They are often the first people to sign the cast.


Physical Therapists

  • They prescribe stretches and exercises to help patients regain the use of their limb after an illness, injury, or surgery.
  • They help patients manage symptoms of an illness or injury—like pain, limited movement, or lack of coordination—that might get in the way of everyday life
  • They educate patients on how to prevent more injuries