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Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine

Since 1991, the UMMC Sports Medicine staff has provided health care to athletes at all levels of competition. From professional and collegiate players to weekend warriors and sports newcomers, we offer a complete range of services on and off the field.

Our program emphasizes injury prevention, state-of-the-art surgical treatments, individualized rehabilitation, and education. Our team of renowned orthopaedic surgeons, medically trained sports physicians, nationally certified athletic trainers, physical therapists, and other supportive faculty and staff is here to keep you in the game.

Most sports injuries are due to either trauma or overuse of muscles or joints. The majority are caused by minor trauma involving muscles, ligaments, or tendons, and include contusions (bruises), sprains, and strains.

Services We Offer

Athletic Services

Our certified athletic trainers are available to provide education and evaluation and to act as a liaison between young athletes, parents, coaches, and physicians. We are able to perform pre-participation physicals, attend daily practice sessions, and provide medical services for school athletic programs and community sporting events.

To learn more or to schedule our staff for your sporting event, email universitysportsmedicine@umc.edu.

Outpatient Rehabilitation

Specially trained physical therapists work with patients to overcome sports-related or orthopaedic injuries at four clinics conveniently located throughout the metro Jackson area.

Primary Care Services

Primary care sports medicine is a valuable part of overall health care for athletes of any age. An estimated 135,000 sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries, including concussions, are treated in United States emergency rooms each year.

Primary care for activity-related ailments, from sprains and strains to asthma and concussions, is provided at:

Special focus is on the "heart, head, and heat" factors, including sports participation evaluations, the effects of Mississippi's heat and humidity, and blows or bumps to the head. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. It is commonly referred to as a "ding" or "getting your bell rung." This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, stretching and damaging the brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain.

If surgery is required for an activity-related ailment, University Sports Medicine provides the skills of fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons.

Upper Extremities Care

Fellowship-trained surgeons provide leading-edge treatments for shoulder, elbow, and wrist injuries. Designs for several orthopaedic implants, including one of the top plates for clavicle fracture and distal radius fractures, are credited to members of University Sports Medicine’s top orthopaedic surgery team.

Lower Extremities Care

UMMC Sports Medicine specialists are experienced with treatment of the foot, ankle, knee, and hip, frequent areas of sports-related injuries. Care options, ranging from physical therapy and medicine to arthroscopic or open surgical procedures, are carefully considered to get the patient back to an active lifestyle as soon as possible.