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Sports health and medicine

Sports health and medicine

The sports health and medicine program at the Springfield Shriners Hospital focuses on healthy training, injury prevention and non-surgical care of children and adolescents with sports injuries. Our specialists work with athletes, families and coaches when an injury has occurred to ensure a safe and swift return to play.

The physician overseeing this program, Julio A. Martinez-Silvestrini, M.D., is board certified in sports medicine and has over 15 years of experience treating sports and musculoskeletal injuries. As a former athlete, Dr. Martinez-Silvestrini understands the priority and passion of sports participation, without losing perspective of the need for recovery and complete healing for the injured young athlete.

Criteria, diagnosis and treatment

Our skilled team sees patients involved in an organized sport, with immediate acute, chronic, non-operative sports injuries, including:

  • Neck sprain
  • Shoulder injuries (AC separation, tendonitis, rotator cuff injuries, bursitis)
  • Stingers/burners (arm) /shooting pain
  • Elbow injuries including “tennis” and “golfer’s” elbow
  • Hand/wrist tendonitis and sprains
  • Back injuries (pinched nerve, sacroiliac joint pain and sprains)
  • Hip bursitis and tendonitis
  • Gluteal pains and strains
  • Thigh contusions and pulls (quadriceps, hamstrings, groin)
  • Knee pain, tendonitis, Osgood-Schlatter’s, jumper’s or runner’s knee
  • Calf strain
  • Foot, ankle and heel pains and strains (foot drop, Achilles tendonitis, Sever’s disease, plantar fasciitis)

Patients also have access to diagnostic and therapeutic services such as physical and occupational therapy, bracing, orthotics, state-of-the-art motion analysis and early referral for surgical evaluation (just 10 percent of sports-related injuries are surgical).

To make an appointment, call our new patient access line at 413-735-1234.

Athletic training

The Springfield Shriners Hospital has three full-time athletic trainers on staff who make it their mission to educate community coaches and athletes about how to reduce injuries, including fractures, in children participating in sports. In conjunction with our sports health and medicine program, our athletic trainers attend community and school sporting events during the day, evenings and/or on weekends at no charge.

Learn more about our athletic training program.