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Sports Medicine

Contact number | 202-476-2112
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Helping Young Athletes Achieve Their Peak Performance

Children’s National Hospital and its partner, Fight For Children, offer a wide range of orthopaedic services, from injury prevention to rehabilitation, at the Fight For Children Sports Medicine Center in Silver Spring, MD.

See the athletes in our care

Children’s National offers the only pediatric sports medicine program in the region. Caring for more than 6,500 patients a year, we help young athletes train to prevent sports injuries and overcome a wide range of sports injuries.

Children’s National Pediatric Sports Medicine: Why Choose Us?

Children’s National delivers the highest level of care to children with sports injuries. In fact, we are national experts in pediatric-specific techniques that also protect your child's physical development. We also successfully treat complex injuries, such as torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACLs), in children as young as six years old.

Highlights of our program include:

  • Expertise: Children’s National is home to providers in multiple subspecialties, who work together to provide the best care for your child. Working alongside athletic trainers and physical therapists, our sports medicine doctors successfully treat your child's injuries.
  • Convenient care. The Fight For Children Sports Medicine Center offers a wide range of orthopaedic services, from injury prevention to rehabilitation, in one location which helps to make sure young athletes are able to function to their peak performance. Learn about the services offered at this location.
  • Protecting your child’s development: We use pediatric-specific surgical methods to treat your child without affecting his or her growth potential. Using special techniques and a conservative approach helps us protect special segments in the long bones of the arms and legs (growth plates). Learn more about minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery.
  • Referral center: Physicians from outside the Washington, D.C., area put their trust in our expertise. We receive referrals from as far away as West Virginia and North Carolina. We invite referring providers to view our referral guidelines.
  • Family-centered approach: We always consider your child’s eagerness to play along with your family’s concern for his or her comfort and well-being. This helps us personalize treatments to fit your family’s preferences. We’re always open to adjusting treatment plans when necessary.
  • Research: We are part of a select group of physicians working to improve care and treatment for uncommon injuries involving bone and cartilage in the knee (osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) lesions). Learn more about this work being done at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Surgical Innovation

    Rafael's Story

    Rafael performing exercise

    Rafael, a 12-year-old competitive gymnast, had fibular stress reactions in both of his legs due to repeated overuse. He attended physical therapy twice a week for 3 months at our Fight For Children Sports Medicine Center, which alleviated the pain he was experiencing and helped him return to competing.

    Rafael's Story

    Sports Medicine Team

    • Syed Ahmed

      Syed I. Ahmed
      Orthopaedic Surgeon
      Hip, Sports, Trauma and Deformity Specialist

    • Keyur Desai

      Keyur Desai
      Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician

    • Emily Niu

      Emily Niu
      Orthopaedic Surgeon
      Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist

    • Jeffrey Peck, M.D.

      Jeffrey Peck
      Orthopaedic Surgeon
      Hip, Spine and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist

    • Diana Hines, CPNP, CPNP-PC

      Diana Hines
      Nurse Practitioner
      Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist

    • Nathalia Veale, P.T.

      Nathalia Conover
      Clinical Program Manager, Sports Medicine Physical Therapy

    • Samantha Allen

      Samantha Allen
      Sports Medicine Physical Therapist

    • Briana Crowe

      Briana Crowe
      Sports Medicine Physical Therapist

    • Kevin McGuinness

      Kevin McGuinness
      Sports Medicine Physical Therapist

    • Mia Caminita

      Mia Caminita
      Program Manager, Sports Performance and Motion Analysis Lab

    • Kelley Legge

      Kelley Legge
      Lead Athletic Trainer

    • Jen Robertson

      Jen Robertson
      Clinical Athletic Trainer