Doctor at Ascension site of care examining a male sport medicine patient.

Sports medicine care in Michigan

Ascension Michigan Sports Medicine care teams provide primary care for injuries and illnesses and help keep you at your best.

Sports and exercise are activities you enjoy, until pain holds you back. Sports medicine fellowship-trained doctors and orthopedic surgeons at Ascension Michigan Sports Medicine sites of care treat competitive athletes and active youth and adults of all ages who enjoy exercise and recreational activities. Our sports medicine care teams provide primary care for many conditions, including sports-related concussions, sprains and strains, overuse injuries, overtraining and nutrition imbalances. Based on your specific needs, we provide a personalized care plan to help you safely recover from injury or illness and return to your chosen activity. We’re here to help you prevent injuries, support your fitness goals and improve your wellness.

Ascension Michigan Sports Medicine is a network of primary care doctors, specialists, orthopedic surgeons, athletic trainers, physical therapists, nutritionists, psychologists and exercise physiologists. Through our Ascension Michigan Sports Medicine Trainer Program, a sports medicine doctor is also your team doctor. Our care team works together to provide onsite injury evaluation and care to individuals and small groups in middle and high school, college, professional sports, and clubs. Our care teams coordinate and deliver event medical coverage to provide a safe environment for your sport or event.

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Sports medicine services

When you meet one of our sports medicine doctors, we start by listening to understand you and your specific goals. You don’t have to be a competitive athlete - simply motivated to pursue healthy activities. Primary care sports medicine services focus on non-surgical treatments and exercise to help recovery, build strength and improve flexibility. Services may include:
  • Concussion testing and management, including return-to-play monitoring
  • Exercise prescription
  • Injury evaluation and management
  • Sports nutrition and psychology
  • Sports physicals and functional testing
  • Sports performance consultation
  • Telehealth (virtual) sports nutrition counseling
  • Therapeutic injections

Advanced surgical care for orthopedic injuries

If you have an injury that needs surgical treatment, we provide a network of orthopedic and neurosurgical specialists at Ascension Michigan sites of care. Our surgeons specialize in surgical options for sports-related injuries, hand surgery, reconstructive bone fracture surgery, hip, shoulder and knee surgery, and spine surgery. We offer minimally invasive arthroscopic options to diagnose and treat joint, muscle and ligament conditions, such as injuries of the shoulder rotator cuff and labrum, hip impingement and labral tears, and knee injuries including meniscus and ligament tears.

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Ascension Michigan Sports Medicine Trainer Program

Trainer with girl Our athletic trainer in the school helps support your coaches and prepare athletes for vigorous exercise. The Ascension Michigan Sports Medicine Trainer Program provides injury care at practices and games. We focus on injury prevention and coordinate the return-to-play plan for an athlete who is recovering from an injury or concussion. Our network of sports medicine and orthopedic doctors provide same-day and next-day appointments and offer access to physical therapists who specialize in sports injury rehabilitation. Ascension Michigan hospitals throughout the area also provide 24/7 emergency care for traumatic bone and muscle injuries.

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Athletic Performance Program in Kalamazoo, MI

The Ascension Borgess Athletic Performance Program in Kalamazoo, Michigan offers athletes personalized, one-on-one training packages with certified strength coaches.

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Frequently asked questions

  • What is regenerative medicine?

    Regenerative medicine is used to treat tissues in the body that have been damaged. Regenerative medicine treatments may include:

    • Bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC) injections
    • Bursitis injection
    • Cartilage restoration
    • Prolotherapy injections for chronic tendon and joint condition
    • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, an orthobiologic treatment

    Start a conversation with a doctor at Ascension Michigan Sports Medicine and learn if regenerative medicine is right for you.

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  • What are common overuse injuries?

    An overuse injury is caused by repeating the same motion or overdoing an activity that puts too much stress on your muscles, ligaments, joints and bones. Overuse injuries often include muscle strains. Other injuries may include:

    • Achilles tendinitis (pain in the back of the heel)
    • IT band syndrome (common in cyclists and weightlifters)
    • Little leaguer’s elbow (a growth plate inflammation)
    • Patella tendonitis (Like jumper’s knee and runner’s knee)
    • Plantar fasciitis (pain on the bottom of the foot)
    • Shin splints 
    • Stress fracture (common in runners)
    • Swimmer’s shoulder
    • Tennis elbow
  • How to prevent muscle strains

    Muscle strains can happen in seasoned athletes and active youth and adults. Whether you are doing an intense workout or enjoying your favorite activity, your muscles work efficiently when you scratch before and after. At Ascension Michigan Sports Medicine, we show you how to make adjustments to your exercise routine to fit your activity level, meet your performance goals and help prevent overuse injuries like muscle strains.