Youth Sports Medicine

Youth injuries, especially sports injuries, are different than adult injuries.

Youth injuries, especially sports injuries, are different than adult injuries. Young athletes are growing physically and developing psychologically. Kids' bodies have open growth plates, bones that are growing longer, muscles that are getting bigger, and a heart and soul full of dreams of making it to the big leagues! Therefore, young athletes with injuries should be taken care of by physicians specifically trained in youth sports medicine.

Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center is nationally-recognized for taking care of the world's best athletes. At Andrews Sports Medicine, we have physicians trained in youth sports medicine committed to providing our local community the same quality of care that pro & collegiate athletes receive. We treat young athletes ages 5 and older.

The goal of our youth sports medicine program is to treat acute injuries and chronic musculoskeletal conditions affecting young athletes, to restore their function and safely return them to sports at their optimal potential, and to educate them on injury prevention so they can continue pursuing their ultimate dream!

Our youth sports medicine physicians treat musculoskeletal and orthopedic injuries and conditions such as:

  • Ligament Injuries / Sprains
  • Muscle & Tendon Injuries / Strains & Tendinitis
  • Apophysitis / Growth Plate Injuries
  • Acute Fractures, Stress Fractures & Avulsions Injuries
  • Dislocations & Cartilage Injuries
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Concussions
  • Stingers, Burners & Neck Injuries

    If your child or teen has an injury that affects sports performance, exercise or activity, call us at 205.939.3699 and request a "youth sports injury" appointment with one of our physicians from the youth sports medicine program.

Christopher S. Carter, MD - Birmingham, Hoover/Hwy. 280 & Trussville

Emily B. Casey, MD - Birmingham, Hoover/Hwy. 280 & Pelham

Ricardo E. Colberg, MD - Birmingham & Pelham

Rachel G. Henderson, MD - Birmingham, Hoover/Hwy. 280 & Pelham

Monte Ketchum, DO - Birmingham & Cullman

Jose' (Jody) O. Ortega, MD - Birmingham & Hoover/Hwy. 280

T. Daniel Smith, MD - Birmingham & Trussville

Jay S. Umarvadia, MD - Birmingham & Gardendale

According to,

  • More than 30 million children and adolescents participate in sports in the United States.
  • High school athletes account for nearly 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctors' visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year.
  • More than 3.5 million kids under age 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year.
  • Children ages 5-14 account for nearly 40% of all sports-related injuries treated in hospitals. On average, the rate and severity increases with a child's age.
  • Approximately 90% of youth sports-related injuries can be treated without surgery. Early diagnosis and treatment minimizes the chance that surgery may be needed later.
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