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Sports Physical Therapy Clinic

UCSF's Pediatric Sports Therapy Clinic is a one-of-a-kind resource for sports injury care and prevention, offering young athletes the most up-to-date treatments and educational programs possible. Based in Oakland, our staff includes physical therapists, certified strength and conditioning specialists, certified athletic trainers, kinesiologists (specialists in movement and addressing imbalances) and biomechanists (specialists in the body's mechanical functioning) – all of whom have extensive knowledge and experience in diagnosing, managing and preventing sports-related injuries in children and adolescents.

Understanding that the injuries common in active youths are different from the injuries of physically mature athletes, our experts collaborate to develop appropriate, individualized treatment plans for each patient.

Safe sports recovery and injury prevention

  • We're the first sports medicine program in Northern California to work exclusively with young athletes. Our objective is to, first and foremost, facilitate a child's quick and safe return to the enjoyment of sports through ongoing education and training.
  • In addition to rapid and efficient evaluation and treatment of sports-related injuries, we're the Bay Area's leading provider of sports performance classes and injury prevention programs.

Comprehensive and convenient rehabilitation services

  • At the heart of our rehabilitation services is a diverse team of pediatric specialists, sports-certified physical therapists, and physicians who are experienced at addressing not only a wide range of sports injury and rehabilitation issues but also the health and well-being of the whole child.
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation programs are offered through the Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes until optimal performance is achieved.
  • The Sports Medicine Center offers services in Contra Costa County at Shadelands in Walnut Creek. At the center in Walnut Creek and at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, we provide physical therapy and expert care for athletic and sports injuries.
  • We offer a seamless continuum of expert care guided by sports-certified experts who specialize in pediatric care in a more formal hospital setting.

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    Awards & recognition

    • Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

    • One of the nation's best in orthopedics

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    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your child's condition
    • List of medications, including dosages, plus any your child is allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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    Your Stay

    We offer valuable information to help you plan for your child's upcoming hospital stay. Find out about food services, family accommodations and more.

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    Your Child's Care Team

    Our doctors, nurses, child life specialists and other providers have special training to care for children. Meet your child's care team.

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    Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

    Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

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    Support services

    Child Life Services

    Activity rooms, pet therapy and more to help kids feel at home.

    Child Life

    Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.

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    Sports Performance Classes

    Experienced sports medicine professionals help young athletes excel on the field with training and injury prevention classes. Learn more and sign up.

    Family Amenities

    Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.

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    Social Services

    Social workers ease the effect of illness, injury and hospitalization on your family with counseling and assistance to help you navigate the challenges.

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    Activity Rooms

    Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.

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    Art Therapy

    Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.

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    Music Therapy Program

    Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.

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    School Program

    Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.

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    School Re-Entry Program

    After hospitalization, we help kids return to school by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.

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    Individual Playtime & Instruction

    If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.

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    Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

    Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

    Family Resource Center

    We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.

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    Parent Support Program

    Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.

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    Patient Relations

    Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.

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    Spiritual Care

    Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.

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    International Services

    If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.

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    Our therapy dogs spread joy and smiles at the bedside and throughout the hospital.

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