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  • Dr. Charles Chen examining a patient in the Young Athlete's AcademyDr. Charles Chen examining a patient in the Young Athlete's Academy

Young Athletes Academy

US News - Stanford Children's Health

The Children’s Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center created the Young Athletes Academy to provide quick, accessible and specialized medical care for Bay Area young athletes, as individuals or as part of a school or club team. The Young Athletes Academy’s mission is to encourage young people to engage in physical activity while limiting the risks of injury, maximizing performance, and ensuring safe return to play after injury. Our mission is accomplished through our prevention, education, and research programs as well as access to our extensive Orthopedic and Sports Medicine care team

Services provided by the Young Athletes Academy include:

  • Sideline sports medicine care
  • Access to specialty care
  • Injury prevention programs
  • Educational opportunities
  • Small group and one-on-one athlete development training to help young athletes prevent and recover from injuries and improve performance

Pre-participation physical evaluations are available from our network of primary care pediatricians. Find one in your neighborhood.

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In partnership with:

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When can kids return to playing sports?

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Pediatric sports medicine specialist Dr. Emily Kraus offers tips to help parents decide when their children can safely return to playing sports during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Help us learn more about shoulder pain in young swimmers

Swimmer athlete

A Stanford pediatric sports medicine surgeon has developed a survey to test which factors affect a swimmer’s shoulder pain. The survey seeks to determine which factors, such as playing overhead sports other than swimming and swimmers' mindsets regarding their training habits, may influence the high and constant presence of swimmer's shoulder among high-school-aged competitive swimmers. If you are a high school swimmer between the ages of 13 and 18 years old, you are invited to take the 10-minute anonymous survey to help advance clinical findings on swimmer’s shoulder. 

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