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Screening protocol and updated policies at the Springfield Shriners Hospital.

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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 surgical and non-surgical care of children and adolescents with sports injuries. Our specialists work with athletes, families, coaches and athletic trainers when an injury has occurred to ensure a safe and swift return to play.

The physician leading this program is Ahmad F. Bayomy, M.D., a surgeon dual-trained in pediatric orthopaedics and orthopaedic sports medicine. He has experience caring for athletes of all ages and activity levels, including children, high school students, collegiate athletes, and professional baseball and basketball players. Dr. Bayomy works with the Springfield Shriners Hospital athletic training staff to provide care for youth athletes at the Roots Athletic Center in Westfield, Massachusetts, as well as students at Sabis International Charter School. He also collaborates with other athletic trainers in the region as well as physical and occupational therapists.

His partner in overseeing the program, Julio A. Martinez-Silvestrini, M.D., is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. He 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 return to play for the injured young athlete.

Criteria, diagnosis and treatment

Our skilled interdisciplinary team includes athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists and orthotists. We also have a state of the art motion analysis center. We see patients involved in recreational or organized sports who have acute or chronic sports injuries, including:

  • Neck sprain and arm shooting pain
  • Shoulder injuries including AC joint separations, fractures, tendonitis, shoulder dislocations and labral tears
  • Elbow injuries including “tennis” and “golfer’s” elbow, UCL sprains and tears, fractures and OCD lesions
  • Hand/wrist tendonitis and sprains
  • Back injuries (pinched nerve, sacroiliac joint pain and slipped vertebrae)
  • Hip pain including impingement, bursitis, SCFE and stress fractures
  • Gluteal pains and strains
  • Thigh injuries including quadriceps strains, hamstring strains and ruptures, and groin strains
  • Knee pain and instability including ligament tears, patellar dislocations, meniscal tears, OCD lesions, jumper’s knee and fractures
  • Calf strains
  • Foot, ankle, and heel pains and strains including tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, tendon ruptures and fractures 

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.

Learn more about our athletic training program.