Duke Sports Sciences Institute

Nobody wants to be sidelined by injury, whether you are an active adult trying to stay fit or play a professional sport. At the James R. Urbaniak Duke Sports Science Institute in Durham, and at our orthopaedic locations throughout the Triangle, our mission is to help you improve your game or return to it quickly. No matter what your performance goal is, we are here to help you achieve it.

As nationally recognized leaders in sports medicine, we offer the full spectrum of orthopaedic care. At the same time, our leaders educate future generations of sports medicine physicians, while our researchers work behind the scenes to improve injury prevention, concussion protocols, surgery recovery, physical rehab, and more. 

Our sports performance professionals use our expertise and experience to design effective personalized training programs that help you achieve your goals - whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior. To schedule a sports performance appointment, call 919-668-1400 and select option 8.

Our Facilities

The James R. Urbaniak Sports Sciences Institute is located on the Center for Living campus, which is home to a variety of health and wellness programs and clinics. Our doctors, physical therapists, dietitians, and other health care professionals provide complete care, from injury evaluation and treatment to injury prevention and performance improvement -- all in one place. You'll have access to experts in primary care sports medicine, orthopedic surgery, physical therapy, sports ophthalmology, sports cardiology, women's sports medicine, concussion treatment, and more.

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The Sports Sciences Institute is a modern facility that includes:

  • Free and convenient parking
  • An outdoor track
  • An indoor walking area
  • A human performance clinic and research lab (the K-Lab)
  • Separate areas for X-rays, casting, and orthotic fittings
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We Work with All Athletes

Our sports medicine specialists work with athletes at every level and every age. We tailor exercise and treatment programs to get you back to the activities you enjoy quickly and safely.

Duke Sports Performance

Duke Sports Performance offers performance testing and programs to help you maximize your athletic potential while reducing your risk of injury. We provide care in a modern environment for elite athletes, young and developing athletes, and people who want a more active lifestyle.

FIFA Medical Center of Excellence

Duke Health is one of three FIFA Medical Centers of Excellence in the U.S. We are leaders in soccer medicine with facilities and programs designed specifically for the sport. Duke collaborates with U.S. Soccer and other FIFA Centers of Excellence to provide athletes from around the country with the highest-quality, sport-specific care.

Community Service

Duke Sports Medicine is active in Durham, Orange, and Wake communities and cares for athletes in eight area high schools. We work in training rooms and on the sidelines and provide a variety of services including concussion clinics and low-cost sports physicals. Each year, we contribute more than 6,000 hours of unpaid service to these communities.

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Official Team Doctors

Duke sports medicine specialists are the official team doctors for all Duke sports teams.

Sports Medicine Services

Our orthopaedic specialists use the latest advances to evaluate and treat injuries in professional, collegiate, and recreational athletes of all ages. This includes adults and children who want to improve or maintain their fitness.

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Injury Care, Treatment and Prevention

We provide the latest non-surgical and surgical treatments to help you return to and excel at the sports and activities you love. Our team includes primary care doctors, physiatrists, physical therapists, and orthopaedic surgeons. We help you recover from an injury, prevent injury, and can work with you to improve your sports performance. 

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Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

Our sports physical therapists work closely with orthopaedic surgeons and primary care doctors who specialize in sports medicine. We evaluate your sports injury and create a treatment plan that returns you to normal -- or, in some cases, improved -- activity as quickly and safely as possible.

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Concussion Care

Our sports concussion experts specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of sports concussions in competitive and recreational athletes. We perform a thorough evaluation and screening to identify problems you may be having and recommend the appropriate treatment.

Other Sports Medicine Locations

Duke Health offers locations throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.

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Nutritional Counseling

Our board-certified dietitians create personalized nutrition plans to help you meet your training and performance goals. We consider your lifestyle, food preferences and allergies, and specific sport to help you achieve optimal health before, during, and after your competition.

Sports Cardiology

Our sports cardiologists provide screening and treatment for the full range of heart disease in athletes. We offer personalized counseling to people affected by heart disease and optimize your ability to participate in sports while minimizing your health risks.

Sports Medicine Research

Our doctors also research and develop innovative surgical techniques, and treatments that improve patient care. They pioneered several surgical breakthroughs, including novel fracture repairs. They also helped develop commonly used ankle, shoulder, and elbow joint prostheses used in joint replacement surgery. 

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Michael W. Krzyzewski Human Performance Laboratory (K-Lab)

The Michael W. Krzyzewski Human Performance Lab (K-Lab) focuses its research on the preservation of long-term joint health through injury prevention and rehabilitation following injury. The team -- which includes orthopaedic surgeons, biomedical engineers, kinesiologists, physical therapists, and athletic trainers -- also studies musculoskeletal ultrasound, regenerative medicine, non-operative orthopedics, and more. 

Sports Medicine Education

Duke Orthopaedics is committed to developing leaders in orthopaedics and rehabilitation research, education, and patient care. Our sports medicine doctors serve in leadership roles for professional societies and share their expertise and research with peers around the world. As one of the nation’s highly respected education programs, we prepare residents, fellows, and medical students to ethically and competently practice academic or community orthopaedic medicine at the highest possible level.