Welcome to the workbook component of Sports
Medicine in the Pediatric Office. We hope that this
workbook and video will allow you to take better
care of the hundreds of athletic children and teens
who come into your office every year.
The field of pediatric sports medicine has evolved
greatly over the past 30 years, and it is growing
quickly, along with the number of children and
teens who are involved in recreational and com-
petitive sports in the United States and around
For pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists,
and pediatric surgical specialists (collectively
referred to as pediatricians from this point on), the
demands of taking care of athletic patients have
changed considerably. The “stay off it until it gets
better” approach used to be the accepted formula
for taking care of athletic children. Patients would
come in with an injury, and often the advice was,
“Just stay off it until it gets better.” As children and
teens have become more active, the role of the
pediatrician in the lives of athletic patients has
changed, and that approach is no longer accepted
by patients and families who are eager for safe return
to play. Increasingly, patients and their families are
looking for ways to reduce injury time, return to
play, and prevent problems in the future.
So, let’s talk about this workbook. This is not the
be-all and end-all of sports medicine guides. Each
topic addressed here is suitable for an entire book
(and many such books already exist). The workbook
and video provide a multimedia approach to basic
sports medicine for the pediatric health care profes-
sional, resident, or medical student. The workbook
is designed to be used interactively with the video;
the intent is for you to view the video clips as you
read through the corresponding text sections within
the book (look for the special “video clip” icons
throughout the text). By having both written and
video materials, you will be able to see and prac-
tice specific examination techniques, see certain
preventive strengthening exercises, and, ultimately,
take better care of athletic patients.
In our updated version of this book, we have also
included specific sections on prevention and sport-
specific chapters. Both are designed to teach pediat-
ric health care professionals how to better care for
specific athletes in their office and to offer current
recommendations that pertain to each specific sport.
The pediatric health care professional, resident, or
medical student using this book will be able to
Better care for athletic patients.
Display a greater feeling of comfort in dealing
with sports medicine issues.
Better serve as a resource for athletic children
and teens and for the sports community.
Please view video clip:
“Welcome to the Video Component
of Sports Medicine in the Pediatric