Acute sports injuries that occur late in the week during competition can pose a problem for athletes, their coaches and trainers, as well as primary care providers, as it routinely takes a week or two to get in to see an orthopedic or sports medicine specialist. Since the athletic trainer at a high school needs to have a definitive diagnosis of the player to begin treatment and inform the coach about the athlete’s status for the coming week, it is important for the athlete to seek diagnosis of his injury as soon as possible. Also, the primary care physician may see the injury late in the week and be concerned that more definitive treatment is needed immediately. In any case, waiting to see a physician until the following week after injury generally introduces at least a 2-day delay in diagnosis and treatment.
Saturday morning acute injury clinics have become very popular in recent years. They are usually conducted by sports medicine and/or orthopedic specialists as a way of making their services available for more urgent injuries and saving the time and hassle of waiting in an emergency room. As many athletic competitions occur late in the week, the Saturday morning clinic delivers a quicker diagnosis with treatment options to injured athletes who otherwise would have to wait for a regular clinic appointment.
The Sports Medicine Clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus has initiated a Saturday Morning Acute Injury Clinic, treating young athlete’s acute injuries that have occurred late in the week. Injuries we treat include:
Unlike most Saturday acute injury clinics, the Saturday clinic at Texas Children’s West Campus is also prepared to take care of non-orthopedic conditions, including concussions and skin infections. On Saturday mornings, a visit with our board-certified, sports medicine specialists is more focused than a regular visit, and the patient has access to a full array of sports medicine services, including X-ray, MRI, casting and bracing.
The Acute Injury Clinic at Texas Children’s West Campus is open most Saturdays during the fall. Visit our webpage or call 832-227-2678 (22-SPORT) for details and schedule.