Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Clinics Throughout the Triangle

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Fractures, sprains and strains, tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, and other overuse and misuse injuries can put athletes of any age or skill level on the unable-to-perform roster. Our sports medicine specialists are experts in preventing and treating these activity-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 -- whether you are a recreational or professional athlete -- 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 orthopaedic urgent care clinic is open seven days a week. Get fast service with no long waits and no unnecessary exposure to illness. No appointment is needed; walk-ins are welcome.

You can schedule a new appointment with some of our providers online. Use this link to find available times and clinic locations.

Treatments for Sports-Related Injuries

Our orthopaedic clinics are staffed by 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.


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 to treat your injury. Our physical therapy, occupational therapy, and sports medicine teams are completely integrated, which means you receive your physical and occupational 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.​

Our Orthopaedic Clinics

Duke Health orthopaedic clinics are located throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.

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 if you 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.

Dedicated Sports Clinics

Our sports medicine providers offer specialized care for sports injuries and performance, including runninggolf, and soccer.

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

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.

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.

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Official Team Doctors

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

This page was medically reviewed on 08/23/2023 by