Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Clinics in Durham, Raleigh, Cary, and Throughout the Triangle

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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.

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When to Seek Care for Sports Injury

Seek Care Immediately if You Experience:

  • Bone fracture or orthopaedic trauma
  • Ligament or tendon tear
  • Dislocation
  • 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.

Our Orthopaedic Clinics
Duke Health orthopaedic clinics are located in Durham, Raleigh, Cary, and other locations throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.

Treatments for Sports-Related Injuries

Our orthopaedic clinics are staffed by a combination of orthopaedic surgeons, nonoperative orthopaedists, primary care doctors, reconstructive plastic surgeons, radiologists, physician assistants, physical therapists, orthopaedic nurses, sports performance specialists, and athletic trainers. Our doctors use X-rays, fluoroscopy, stress radiography, ultrasound, MRI, and CT scans to diagnose your injury or condition and recommend the most effective treatment.

Nonsurgical Treatments

Nonsurgical treatments are often our first recommendation. Depending on your needs and the severity of your injury, they may include bracing, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and ultrasound-guided injections of corticosteroids, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and stem cells.


When conservative measures aren’t enough, we offer the full spectrum of orthopaedic procedures, including surgery. Whenever possible, we use a minimally invasive approach that requires small incisions. This means you experience less pain and a faster recovery.

Physical and Occupational Therapy

Sports-specific care allows our therapists to quickly and accurately determine the cause of your pain and design targeted rehabilitation programs and exercises for your injury. Our physical therapy and sports medicine staffs are completely integrated, which means you receive your physical therapy sessions on the same day as your clinic visit. You’ll have access to a fully equipped gym, including isokinetic exercise equipment, isotonic weight machines, plyometric training tools, and a heated therapeutic pool.​

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Specialized Sports Medicine Programs

Specialized Concussion Care

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. 

Sports Cardiology

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.

Sports Vision and Rehabilitation

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.

Sports Performance

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.​

Community Outreach

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.

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