South Bend Orthopaedics has provided the orthopaedic surgeons for Notre Dame Athletic Department since 1949. It is a diversified program of prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation that assures a positive healthy recovery experience, an improved quality of life, a safe return to full athletic participation and continued athletic success. This same level of expertise is provided to every athlete that visits our practice.
We specialize in providing comprehensive sports medicine services including the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Regardless of the level of the athlete; recreational, high school, college, even professional; SBO strives to provide the highest quality, state-of-the-art health care services.
The sports medicine program at SBO includes our board-certified orthopedic surgeons and our physical therapists. This team take a comprehensive approach to treating sports injuries, which includes superior diagnostics, physical therapy, pain management, and when necessary, the latest surgical techniques. Our goal is to assist patients in their quest to return to the games they love, quickly and safely.
Common Injuries Treated
- Achilles Tendon Injuries
- ACL Tears
- Ankle Injuries
- Fractures and Dislocations
- Golfer’s Elbow
- Knee Injuries
- Labral Tears
- Muscle Contusions (Bruise)
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Shoulder Injuries and Instability
- Shin Splints
- Slap Lesion
- Sprains and Strains
- Stress Fractures
- Tennis Elbow
- Torn Ligaments and Tendons
STOP Sports Injuries Campaign
There are alarming trends in “professional-level” injuries among youth sports participants. Orthopaedic surgeons see two trends: the number of youth injuries is reaching epidemic proportions and youth are experiencing overuse injuries at a younger and younger age. The high rate of youth sports injuries is fueled by an increase in overuse and trauma injuries and a lack of attention paid to proper injury prevention.
To address these issues, South Bend Orthopaedics has joined with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and its collaborators created the STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) Sports Injuries Campaign. The Campaign is designed to help parents, coaches, healthcare providers and athletes learn more about the prevention, treatment and long-term consequences of overuse and trauma injury. Armed with the correct information and tools, today's youth athletes can remain healthy, play safe and stay in the game for life.
Overuse injuries impact young athletes in the short term and often lead to long-term consequences. This type of injury may become apparent during the course of play. Using proper preventative measures such as pre-participation physicals, stretching, cross-training, hydration and open communication about pain among all participants (coaches, athletes, parents and healthcare providers) can help aid recovery and avoid long-term consequences.
It is important for everyone who plays a role in a young athlete's life—parents, coaches and healthcare providers—to put the athlete’s health and safety first and to quickly and honestly communicate about issues of pain, injury and the need for proper recovery.
STOP Sports Injuries Information Request
The STOP Sports Injuries Toolkit includes sports injury prevention resources with the information you need to keep your kids safe while playing sports. You will find helpful conversation starters to help you communicate with your athletes to know when play is too much as well as tips sheets to encourage success in your young athlete as well as tips for specific sports and types of injury.