Fractures, sprains and strains, tendonitis, bursitis, and arthritis. These overuse and misuse injuries can put athletes of any age or skill level on the disabled list. Our sports medicine specialists are experts in preventing and treating these sports-related injuries and in helping you manage sports-related medical conditions such as asthma, concussion, athletic-induced amenorrhea, and overtraining syndrome. We tailor exercise and treatment programs to meet your unique needs and to help you return to your active lifestyle.
When to Seek Care for Sports Injury
Seek Care Immediately if You Experience:
- Bone fracture or orthopaedic trauma
- Ligament or tendon tear
- Sprain, strain, or pain from an injury that has not improved in 48 hours
Visit Duke Orthopaedic Urgent Care
Our convenient orthopaedic urgent care locations in Durham, Apex, and Wake Forest are open seven days a week. Get fast service with no long waits and no unnecessary exposure to illness. No appointment needed; walk-ins are welcome.
Duke Health orthopaedic clinics are located in Durham, Raleigh, Cary, and other locations throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.
Specialized Sports Medicine Programs
Our concussion experts specialize in evaluating athletes who experience sports-related concussions. We use a variety of tests to assess the severity of your condition and the progress of your rehabilitation so you can safely return to the playing field.
If you were born with a heart condition or were recently diagnosed with or found to be at risk for a form of heart disease, our heart specialists help you manage your disease while safely maintaining your activity and optimizing your performance.
We assess skills and use high-tech instruments to perform vision training and rehabilitation in athletes who participate in visually demanding activities. Our team includes specialists in sports vision, physical therapy, sports concussion rehabilitation, and neuroscience. We mend or improve on-field performance and train visual-motor systems to be as fast and accurate as possible.
Our sports performance program helps athletes reach their fullest potential. Programs are offered for competitive athletes, former athletes, and recreational athletes who want to focus on agility, speed, power, strength, stamina, flexibility, body composition, and endurance.
Our team works with athletes from select local middle schools, high schools, colleges, and sports clubs to help them achieve their personal best while avoiding injury.
Recognized Sports Medicine Leaders
FIFA Medical Center of Excellence
We are one of three FIFA Medical Centers of Excellence in the U.S. and one of 48 internationally. This recognition is in part due to our facilities and programs specifically for soccer athletes. Our staff includes physicians, physician assistants, athletic trainers, and physical therapists with experience supporting our men’s and women’s national U.S. Soccer teams.
History of Success
Our sports medicine program has benefited patients with sports injuries for more than seven decades. We have been the training ground for hundreds of sports medicine doctors around the country.
Sports Injuries that Affect the Female Athlete
Sports injuries can affect women differently than men. Preventing sports injuries is our goal, and knowing how gender impacts the body is our specialty. We diagnose and treat female-specific injuries when they occur. That’s important, whether you are a college-scholarship prospect, an Olympic hopeful, or a senior resuming a walking program after a fracture.
Duke sports medicine specialists are the official team doctors for all Duke sports teams.