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Pediatric & Adolescent Sports Medicine

Children and teens need specialized care when they are injured, as their bones are still growing.

From answering your questions to treating fractures and sprains, our orthopedic specialists are here for your family.

Our physicians of the MVHS Orthopedic Group are committed to the care of young athletes. We offer specialized services for student athletes at the elementary, middle and high school levels and we strive to improve the lives of athletes and return them to their previous levels of activity, safely and quickly.

Our pediatric and adolescent Sports Medicine Team:

  • Provides availability to coaches and their staff at any time to answer questions regarding care or prevention of sports-related injuries.
  • Includes X-ray technicians trained to base the amount of radiation needed on each child’s size and condition to keep patients’ exposure to a minimum.
  • Uses a streamlined approach for diagnosing and treating fractures, sprains and strains in a child- and teen- friendly environment.
  • Has your child’s health as our main priority and takes pride in providing safe and compassionate care.

Our team is specifically trained in the treatment of pediatric and adolescent sports injuries. Young athletes are treated for:

  • Growth-plate sparing ACL surgery, throwing injuries, knee cap dislocation, fractures, growth plate injuries and osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)
  • Meniscus injuries
  • Sports-related foot and ankle injuries
  • Stress fractures

Specialized procedures include:

  • Minimally invasive surgical approaches to repair damaged knees and shoulders
  • Rotator cuff and shoulder instability repair
  • Knee and ligament (ACL/PCL) reconstruction
  • Cartilage restoration
  • Meniscus repair

Tips for Preventing Sports Injuries

While some sports injuries are unavoidable, below are simple suggestions you can use to help prevent common sports injuries:

  • Get a pre-season sport physical.
  • Participate in a proper warm up before practice or games.
  • Allow proper rest time between sporting events.
  • Maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet.
  • Stay hydrated, especially during the summer months.
  • Don’t specialize too early – enjoy variety in your sports.
  • Wear proper and well-fitting protective equipment.
  • Emphasize proper technique in all activities.
  • Recognize an injury and respond in a timely manner.

Our physicians include:

Margaret Albanese, MD
Meira Yeger-McKeever, MD
Leroy Cooley, MD
Tina A. Maxian, MD, PhD
Kenneth Ortega, DO
Madana Vallem, MD

Call 315-624-8150 to make an appointment. 

MVHS Locations

Orthopedic Group
1903 Sunset Avenue
Utica, NY 13502

Outpatient Rehabilitation Services at Faxton Campus
1676 Sunset Avenue
Faxton Campus
Utica, NY 13502

Outpatient Rehabilitation at Medical Arts
(formerly Adirondack Sports Medicine)
4401 Middle Settlement Road
New Hartford, NY 13413