Sports Medicine

Common Sports Injuries

  • Strains are injuries to muscles or tendons, often called “pulled muscles,” that are due to overuse and overstretching the muscles or tendon.
  • Sprains are the most common sports injury caused by overstretching and overuse of ligaments, and include ligament tears. Ankle sprains are common in soccer, hockey, basketball and volleyball. Hamstring strains are also very common.
  • Knee injuries account for 55% of all sports injuries.
    • Tears of the ACL ligament in the knee is a very common sports injury.
    • Patellofermoral Pain Syndrome is the most frequent cause of knee pain. It is knee pain in the front of the knee (around the kneecap), which increases with squatting movements and climbing stairs.
  • Groin injuries account for 2-5% of all sports injuries. They are common in sports that require sudden stops and starts such as baseball, football, soccer and hockey. Traumatic groin injuries are found in football and rugby.
  • Tennis elbow is a common injury caused by overuse and frequent repetitive motions.
  • Runners often suffer with foot and knee problems, which increase the risk for injury, and cause the development of ongoing conditions that can interfere with performance.
  • Golfers are at risk for rotator cuff injuries, golf elbow, knee pain, golfer’s hand and wrist tendinitis, which can be prevented with proper conditioning and strengthening.
  • Shoulder injuries are most common in tennis, swimming, weightlifting, basketball and volleyball.
  • Distance runners and triathletes can suffer repetitive stress and overuse syndromes.
  • Hip bursitis is common in running, cycling and long distance running, soccer, baseball, football and fencing. 

What is Sports Medicine?

Fellowship-trained Orthopedic Sports Medicine is a sub-specialty of orthopedics that focuses on fitness, exercise, and athletic performance; the treatment, recovery, and prevention of sports injuries; and the complete health care of competitive and noncompetitive athletes, professional and amateur.

Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida Sports Medicine Specialists

At Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida, our Orthopedic Sports Medicine experts specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of all sports injuries, including head injuries, hernias, stress fractures, sprains and strains, overuse injuries, joint instability, tendonitis, bursitis, osteoporosis and fractures, and reconstructive surgery. In addition, they focus on the nonsurgical approaches and specialize in the surgical aspects of sports-related injuries including joint replacement, ligament repair and reconstruction, minimally invasive joint arthroscopy, torn tendons, fractures, and dislocations.

Our Sports Medicine Specialists

Fletcher A. Reynolds, MD is a fellowship- trained orthopedic surgeon, who trained at Beth Israel, where he combined sports medicine and joint replacement of the shoulder, hip and knee.

Jeremy A. Schwartz, MD specializes in sports medicine as well as foot and ankle reconstruction surgery. He received his fellowship training at Tampa General Hospital.

Charles P. Springer, MD is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and joint reconstruction of the shoulder, hip and knee. He is a founding member of our Sports Medicine and Joint Replacement Center. 

Francesca Swartz, DO completed her Sports Medicine Fellowship with Dr. Kevin Plancher in Cos Cob, CT and Manhattan, NY. She worked with the United Football League in Hartford, CT and with the teams of Manhattanville College in Rye, New York.

What We Treat

Our specialists treat the shoulders, hips and knees, feet and ankles, the spine, neck, arms and legs, and hands, wrists and elbows.  Any area of the body that is at risk of a sports injury is treated at Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida.

Our goal is to get players, adult and young athletes, male and female, back in action. Our sports medicine specialists often serve as team physicians or surgical consultants at area high schools.

If an athlete has a medical issue, we can help them recover and return to activity with a customized treatment plan that includes state-of-the-art technology and minimally invasive techniques, as well as rehabilitation after injury or surgery.

Muscle weakness after surgery is common. Rehabilitation to rebuild muscle strength and size includes resistance training, retraining to increase an athlete’s physical awareness, improving posture and modifying form to change the athlete’s biomechanics and improve symptoms.

We offer full exercise and conditioning programs to improve a patient’s physical condition and performance.

The Consultation

When you schedule a consultation with a sports medicine specialist at Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida, you will receive a physical exam, review of your medical history including previous injuries, discussion of your symptoms and complaints, and if needed, imaging tests and lab tests. Some injuries may require surgery, but often we begin with conservative approaches to relieve pain and improve mobility. When the pain does not respond to conservative measures, surgery may be recommended.

The athlete will receive a complete evaluation of their strength, flexibility, balance and power, in order to identify weaknesses that put them at risk for repeat injury and disability.  Working with our sports medicine specialists, physical therapists and physiatrist, we create a personalized training program to enhance performance, agility, strength, and endurance.

Testimonials Real Patient Stories

"These doctors are the best! Dr. Reynolds always take good care of me and is gentle along with Dr. Flores and Dr. Tafel. I have had nothing but the best experience at Orthopedic Specialists!" - Gwen


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