Pediatric Sports Medicine Research

Our multidisciplinary team of physician-scientists conducts various research projects to help promote patient care and better educate families. We hope our research efforts will improve trea tment for children with sports injuries and conditions.

Learn about other clinical studies and researchers in the lists below.


Clinical Studies

“Longitudinal study of children with concussions: 3-year follow-up of cognitive and emotional function, return to sports, and risk of re-injury”

Principal Investigator: LaBella, Cynthia R., MD

In recent years, concern has increased regarding the prolonged effects of concussions in children and adolescents. Prior research shows that while most youth athletes with concussion recover within 2 weeks, about one-quarter of patients exhibit signs and symptoms lasting greater than 4 weeks. Families frequently ask about the effects of concussion on neuropsychological function, school performance, and risk for subsequent injuries, especially when a patient has had prolonged recovery. This study aims to longitudinally monitor these outcomes in children and adolescents to better inform clinicians, patients, and families about the long-term effects of concussions.

“Knee Injury Prevention Program (KIPP) for High School Girls”

Principal Investigator: LaBella, Cynthia R., MD

Female athletes are 4-6 times more likely to tear their ACL than male athletes participating in the same sports. Research has demonstrated that there are neuromuscular differences between males and females that explain this disparity in ACL injury rates. This study is being done to determine whether a specially designed exercise program (KIPP) can lower a female teenager’s chances of having a knee injury or knee pain while playing sports. The study is also being done to see if the exercise program can improve a teenager’s fitness or athletic performance.

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“Comparison of Three Treatments for Lower Extremity Apophysitis”

Principal Investigator: Carl, Rebecca L., MD ID: NCT01826071

The purpose of this study is to compare three different treatments for these types of lower extremity apophysitis- Osgood-Schlatter syndrome (OSS), Sinding-Larsen and Johansson syndrome (SLJ), or Sever's disease. The investigators hypothesize that adolescents who perform a home exercise program (HEP) consisting of active elongation exercises will have decreased pain and earlier return to sports and activities as compared to those who perform a HEP that consists of static stretching exercises or those who use symptomatic treatment with ice, acetaminophen or NSAIDs and activity modification.