The Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine specialists have advanced training in pediatrics and sports medicine and offer age-appropriate care to active, growing children and teenagers. Our services are available at our main hospital and outpatient locations throughout the Chicago area

We are committed to family-centered care. We take your child’s individual needs into account, focusing on sport-specific and age-appropriate treatment, education and rehabilitation to return your child to activity safely. Our team also carefully evaluates each patient’s unique set of injury risk factors and uses this information to provide individualized injury prevention advice.

The Institute for Sports Medicine’s care is evidence-based, following the best scientific guidelines and research. The institute is also nationally recognized for its own research in sports injury prevention and treatment.

Nationally-Ranked Care

Lurie Children’s continues to be the #1 children's hospital in Illinois and is ranked in 9 specialties by U.S. News & World Report.

Sports Injury Prevention & Treatment Programs

Our specialists participate in multidisciplinary programs that care for children with sports-related injuries.

Sports Medicine Conditions We Treat

Our specialists treat and provide preventive training and/or advice for all types of sports injuries.

Pediatric Sports Medicine Specialists

Dedicated to evaluating and treating children, teens and young adults, our physicians are leaders in the field of pediatric sports medicine. They regularly share their expertise with and have leadership positions on many local, state, and national athletic and medical organizations and councils, to set guidelines for best treatment practices and safety in sports. They work with Chicago high schools and colleges, the Chicago Park District and community-based sports organizations. Whether a casual athlete or elite, grade school or collegiate, the Lurie Children’s Institute for Sports Medicine provides exceptional, patient-focused care.

Our experienced team includes the following specialists:

If your child needs medical equipment, such as a brace, splint or custom shoe insert, we have experts who can fit and supply these devices in the Department of Orthotics and Prosthetics. We also work closely with Lurie Children’s psychologists and neuropsychologists to treat children with head injuries.

An expert in pediatric sports medicine, Cynthia LaBella, MD, is the institute’s medical director. She is board certified in pediatrics and sports medicine and has more than 10 years of experience in sports medicine.


Cynthia R. LaBella, MD

Medical Director, Institute for Sports Medicine

Rebecca L. Carl, MD

Rebecca L. Carl, MD, MSCI

Attending Physician, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

Craig J. Finlayson, MD

Craig J. Finlayson, MD

Attending Physician, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine; Surgical Director and Co-Medical Director, Lurie Children’s Surgery Center in Northbrook

Brian Hang Tho, MD

Brian T. Hang, MD

Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

Neeraj Patel, MD, MPH, MBS

Neeraj Patel, MD, MPH, MBS

Attending Physician, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

Sigrid Wolf, MD

Sigrid F. Wolf, MD

Attending Physician, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

Jacqueline Turner, MSN, APRN-NP, FNP-BC

Advanced Practice Nurse, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

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We offer easy online scheduling for your child's orthopedic needs. 

Our Locations

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park

2515 N. Clark Street/467 W. Deming Place
Chicago, Illinois 60614-3393

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Northbrook

1131 Techny Road
Northbrook, Illinois 60062

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Lurie Children's at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital Pediatric Outpatient Center

25 N. Winfield Road
East Entrance
Winfield, Illinois 60190

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in New Lenox

1870 N. Silver Cross Blvd. (formerly Clinton Street)
Suite 100
New Lenox, Illinois 60451

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Arlington Heights

Busse Center for Specialty Medicine
880 W. Central Rd, Ste 6400
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Westchester

Surgical Treatment Center
2301 Enterprise Drive
Westchester, Illinois 60154

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Lurie Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center in Skokie

3722 W. Touhy Avenue
Skokie, Illinois 60076

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Specialists in the Institute for Sports Medicine are actively engaged in research studies to better understand sports injuries and conditions.

Fellowship & Training

Keeping with our belief that quality education is inseparable from our quality patient care, we partner with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to train tomorrow’s leading pediatric physicians. As the pediatric teaching hospital for the Feinberg School, we offer several opportunities for students to further their education in sports medicine.

Sports Medicine Fellowship

In conjunction with the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, we offer a one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine. In addition to providing excellent clinical training in sports medicine, our program offers a curriculum that includes research, advocacy and community outreach activities. Our sports medicine fellow assists with providing medical coverage at a variety of sporting events at the high school and college level, as well as mass-participation events.

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Athletic Training Student Clinical Program

The Athletic Training Student Clinical Program is based on pediatric sports medicine and designed to expose the athletic training student to the physician extender role. The clinical rotation allows athletic training students to expand their knowledge of pediatric sports medicine and orthopedics, improve their clinical evaluation skills and increase their knowledge of affiliated healthcare professionals while working with special populations.

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To schedule a seminar for parents, coaches and/or athletes, call the Institute for Sports Medicine​ regarding the Sports Medicine Fellowship at 312.227.6527.

Sports Medicine News & Stories

Effective Clubfoot Treatment with Rebecca Carl, MD and Romie Gibly, MD, PhD

Dr. Rebecca Carl and Dr. Romie Gibly explain the timeline of treatment, handling of complications and the long-term outcomes of patients who undergo clubfoot care at Lurie Children’s.

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Common Questions about Pediatric Sports Injuries

Lurie Children’s sports medicine team members answer some common questions about sports injuries in kids, including how to prevent injuries, when to see a doctor, how to help your child recover and more.

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Concussion in Teens

Every year, millions of teenagers in the US sustain concussions. Learn the signs, symptoms, and treatments for concussions in teens.

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What Parents Should Know About Strength Training for Teens & Kids

Strength training is a type of exercise designed to increase muscle strength, power, and endurance.

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Study Aims to Lower Risk of ACL Reinjury in Children

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Reconstructing the ACL Helps Teen Boy Thrive in Athletics After Injury in Both Knees

Jack was a defender for his travel soccer team when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, in his left knee.

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Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children's relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org or call 312.227.7500