Sports medicine: The care you need to stay active and healthy

Our sports medicine team provides a full range of care for adults and children, including sports medicine, orthopedic surgery, sports physical therapy and rehabilitation, athletic training, fitness services and sports performance training. It doesn’t matter if you are a weekend warrior or a high-level competitive athlete — you get the care you need, when you need it.

Programs and research

Specialized programs to meet your needs

When you come to UW Health for a sports medicine condition, you get treatment tailored to your needs.

Your care team includes sports medicine doctors, orthopedic surgeons trained in sports injuries, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, athletic trainers, exercise physiologists, massage therapists, nutritionists, sport psychologists, sports physical therapists and strength and conditioning specialists.

Together, we offer the care and services you need to excel in your sports and activities.

Our sports medicine physicians are experts in physical activity, with specialized training in treating the medical concerns of active individuals. Our doctors are also the team doctors for University of Wisconsin athletes. Our goal is to help you stay active, particularly when you have a sports- or activity-related injury. Our sports medicine doctors work with the rest of the sports medicine team to develop a plan to help you return to competition or activities as quickly as possible.

Our team of physical therapists and athletic trainers works with you after an orthopedic or sports injury. We help you get back to your competitive or recreational activities. We also offer sports-specific rehabilitation programs.

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Our Sports Performance coaches, physical therapists and athletic trainers create a plan for your long-term athletic development. We work with youth and adult athletes of all ages and ability levels and offer athletic development and sports-specific programs, 1-on-1 and team training, academies, camps, combines and educational workshops. Open to the public.

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We provide training services to athletic groups, high schools, colleges and professional sports teams. We also work alongside sports medicine doctors as they see patients.

We help you make physical fitness and exercise a key part of your life. We offer exercise classes and membership options.

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Our sport psychologists teach athletes how to use their mental and emotional skills to achieve peak athletic performance.

Our team of female sports medicine experts have extensive experience working with athletes of all levels. Our team recognizes the health and wellness challenges specific to active women, and are dedicated to returning female athletes to sport following an injury. We also offer a female athletes physical therapy program for moms who experience changes before and after the birth of their children. Experts include sports, spine and pelvic floor physical therapists.

Improving sports medicine through research 

Our sports medicine doctors and scientists study ways to improve sports medicine and injury care. We research all aspects of human movement and biomechanics. We test better ways to treat sports injuries and maximize athletic performance. Learn more

Conditions and treatments

Specialized care for all types of sports medicine conditions

The doctors and therapists at UW Health Sports Medicine treat athletes of all ages and ability levels.

We provide excellent care when you or your child need treatment for a sports injury. If you want to boost performance in a specific sport, our sports medicine specialists create a personalized plan to meet your goals.

We help you avoid injury and treat your sports-related conditions so you can get back to your highest level of activity and performance.

Conditions we treat

At UW Health, we evaluate and treat a wide range of sports-related conditions and injuries.

  • Brachial plexus neuropraxia (burner)

  • Sports-related concussion

  • Adhesive capsulitis

  • Impingement syndrome

  • Labral tears of the shoulder

  • Rotator cuff tears

  • Scaphoid fractures of the wrist

  • Shoulder instability

  • Lateral picondylitis (tennis elbow)

  • Sacroilliac joint dysfunction

  • Stress fractures in the lower back

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear

  • Cartilage tears

  • Collateral ligament sprains

  • Fat pad impingement

  • Iliotibial band friction syndrome and greater trochanteric bursitis

  • Patellar tendonitis (jumper’s knee)

  • Meniscal injuries

  • Osgood-Schlatter disease (OSD)

  • Osteoarthritis of the knee

  • Osteochondral injuries

  • Patellofemoral stress syndrome

  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) ruptures

  • Achilles tendinitis

  • Ankle sprains

  • Calcaneal apophysitis (Sever’s disease)

  • Compartment syndrome

  • Hip labral tear

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Quadriceps contusion

  • Shin splints

  • Stress fractures

  • Turf toe

  • Exercise-induced asthma

  • Exercise-induced bronchospasm

How we can help

Our sports medicine team creates a treatment plan just for you. We focus on improving your ability to take part in sports and other activities.

Treatments might include:

  • Bracing or splinting

  • Cartilage transplant

  • Casting

  • Compression and elevation

  • Concussion management

  • Cortisone injections

  • Crutches

  • Ice

  • Immobilization

  • Joint repair or replacement

  • Massage

  • Non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medicines

  • Orthotics

  • Physical therapy

  • Platelet-rich plasma injections

  • Prolotherapy injections

  • Rehabilitation programs

  • Rest

  • Stretching

  • Surgery

  • Walking boot


Top-tier sports medicine facilities

We provide specialized sports medicine and rehabilitation at UW Health clinics in Madison.

Meet our team

We provide the support and strength you need

The sports medicine team at UW Health includes experts in adult and pediatric sports medicine, orthopedic surgery, athletic training, sports performance, sport psychology and physical therapy and rehabilitation.

Patient resources

Helping you be your best

When you come to UW Health for sports medicine care, we provide education along with advanced care. We give you the information you need to understand your condition and treatment.

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