Sports Medicine

Specialties

Common Conditions and Injuries

Evaluated and Treated by our Sports Medicine Team

Hip

Knee

Foot and Ankle

Shoulder

  • Shoulder Dislocations
  • Multidirectional Shoulder Instability
  • Labral Tears
  • Acromioclavicular Joint Injuries
  • Little League Shoulder
  • Clavicle Fractures
  • Humerus Fractures

Elbow

  • Little League Elbow
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Panner Disease
  • Elbow and Forearm Fractures
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries

Kids and Teenagers need specialized care because their bones, muscles, and bodies are still growing. Unlike other sports medicine programs, we only treat growing athletes. 

We understand how injuries can affect growth in young athletes and how to avoid growth problems during the treatment of these injuries. 

Where you go matters. Growing children need and deserve specialized care. Our sports medicine surgeons blend their skills in sports medicine and their unique knowledge of pediatric growth and development to provide comprehensive care for the growing athlete who has sustained an injury.

Experience and Expertise

Our pediatric orthopaedic surgeons are unique and different then adult sports medicine physicians in that they are board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and fellowship-trained in pediatric and adolescent sports medicine. This training emphasizes focused expertise to maximize recovery in young growing athletes who sustain injuries.

We have unique expertise in cutting edge techniques for sports injuries in children, adolescents, and young adults. We are trained in minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques of the hip, knee, ankle, shoulder, elbow and wrist. We have extensive experience in the treatment of muscle , ligament, and bone injuries in the young growing child. Our techniques respect and allow for continued growth of the injured extremity.

AllSports Medicine Program

Our surgeon’s team up with Johns Hopkins All Children's Sports Medicine to provide a multidisciplinary program dedicated to treating sports injuries in children, adolescents, and young adults. This comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent sports medicine is the only comprehensive sports medicine program in the Tampa Bay area focused solely on the care of young growing athletes.

Johns Hopkins services include primary care sports medicine, orthopedics, emergency medicine, radiology, neurosurgery, nutrition, cardiology, and sports rehabilitation.


Because advanced imaging is frequently needed to evaluate sports injuries, our facilities provide radiology equipment designed to expose patients to less radiation than those in an adult facility. Our state of the art sports rehabilitation gyms include appropriately sized equipment to meet the needs of young athletes of all sizes.

Drew E. Warnick, M.D., FAAOS, is the surgical director Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine. 

Sports medicine services include:

  • Comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of all athletic injuries in children, adolescents, and young adults.
  • Cutting edge techniques in sports surgery for children and adolescents
  • Extensive experience in the treatment of all fractures sustained during athletic activity.
  • Age-Appropriate and injury-specific rehabilitation protocols designed to help athletes return to sports participation in a timely manner.

What Sports Medicine Treats

If your growing athlete has an injury, it’s important they see a sports medicine team trained in pediatrics, and one that understands how to diagnose and care for kids and teens to avoid long-term damage.

Our multidisciplinary team has age appropriate and injury-specific treatments that will return children and teen athletes to playing their sport as safely and quickly as possible.

We treat growing athletes who have sports-related injuries and conditions, including:

Back, Neck and Spine

  • Concussion
  • Low Back Pain
  • Muscular Strains
  • Neck pain and posture
  • Spondylosis
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction
  • Scoliosis and abnormal posture
  • Thoracic Pain

Upper Body
  • Broken bones
  • Complex shoulder instability (glenohumeral instability)
  • Dislocations and subluxations
  • Elbow ligament tear
  • Gymnast wrist
  • Hill-Sachs lesion
  • Join pain
  • Lateral collateral ligament tear (LUCL tear)
  • Little League Elbow
  • Little League Shoulder
  • Osteochondritis dissecans of the elbow
  • Post-operative shoulder and elbow
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Sprains and strains
  • Sternoclavicular joint dislocation
  • Ulnar collateral ligament tear (UCL tear)

Lower Body
  • Ankle impingement
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear
  • Apophysitis
  • Broken bones
  • Discoid meniscus
  • Dislocations and sublixations
  • Femoracetabular impingement (FAI)
  • Hip impingement
  • Joint pain
  • Kneecap dislocation
  • Ligamentous and meniscal injuries
  • Multiligament kne injury
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease 
  • Patella (kneecap) instability

Upper Body

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