Richmond Virginia’s Experts in Sports and Exercise-Related Injuries

If a sports or exercise injury has you sidelined, get moving again with Johnston-Willis Hospital’s premier sports medicine team. Whether you’re a novice, athlete, coach, or athletic director, we keep you and your team active and operating at peak performance. We offer advanced technology, expert advice, injury prevention and assessment, health and fitness training, treatment, and rehabilitation for individuals and teams of all ages and levels.

Our expert, multidisciplinary team includes sports medicine specialists, orthopedic surgeons, and licensed physical therapists with experience in rehabilitating sports- and exercise-related injuries. We’re all working for you.

Sports-Related Injuries and Conditions We Treat

From injury prevention to leading-edge treatment, Johnston-Willis Hospital’s sports medicine experts have decades of experience in diagnosing and treating sports injuries. Common sports-related pain and injuries include:

  • Ankle/foot pain and injury: ankle sprains, high ankle sprains, Achilles tendon injuries, stress fractures, ligament inflammation (plantar fasciitis)
  • Back pain and injury: muscle strain, ligament sprain, disc disorders, fractures
  • Concussions: traumatic impact to the head causing dizziness, drowsiness, blurry vision, and other symptoms
  • Elbow pain and injury: ligament tears as in tennis or golf elbow, bursitis, dislocation, tendon ruptures
  • Hip pain and injury: hip pointer or contusion, hip flexor strain, labral tears of cartilage, or quadriceps strains, dislocations, bursitis
  • Knee pain and injury: anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tears, meniscus tears, jumper’s knee (patellar tendonitis), patellofemoral syndrome
  • Shoulder pain and injury: labral tears of cartilage, dislocations, rotator cuff tears, biceps injuries, nerve impingement, fractures
  • Wrist/hand pain and injury: ligament tears, tendonitis, nerve injuries, stress fractures

Sports Injury Treatments and Services in Richmond, Virginia

We offer nonsurgical, surgical, and rehabilitative therapies to get you back in the game and reduce the risk for re-injury. Our nonsurgical sports-related injury treatments and services in the Central Virginia include:

  • Sports-specific physical therapy and rehabilitation: As a first line of treatment or after surgery to restore strength, movement, and endurance. We help you manage pain and prevent further damage or re-injury with inpatient and outpatient programs.
  • Special injury care for baseball and softball players: Our team specializes in helping athletes with injury or recovering from surgery due to problems caused by throwing. Special programs include sports-specific exercises, return to sport drills, interval hitting, and interval throwing.
  • Pain management therapies: Including injections, selective nerve root blocks, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), and nerve stimulation techniques.
  • Concussion management: Our experienced doctors recognize the symptoms of concussions and extent of brain injury. We offer baseline screening, neurological evaluation, and clearance to return to activity safely.
  • Sports physicals: Medical evaluations to ensure your student athlete is healthy and ready for safe play.

Sports Injury Surgery at Johnston-Willis Hospital

The orthopedic surgeons at Johnston-Willis Hospital perform minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery which involves small incisions and inserting a lighted tube into the joint. This allows surgeons to diagnose your condition and perform a variety of procedures on ligaments, bones, cartilage, and tendons.

Common sports-related surgeries we offer:

  • Cartilage reconstruction: Repair or replace cartilage loss or damage in the knees using innovative techniques.
  • Elbow tendon repair: Reattach the distal biceps tendon to the lower arm bone.
  • Knee ligament repair and reconstruction: Including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), and the lateral collateral ligament (LCL).
  • Meniscus surgery: Trim or remove torn cartilage in the knee.
  • Joint replacement: Replace joint surfaces with artificial implants, such as shoulder, knee, and hip replacements.
  • Rotator cuff shoulder repair: Reattach the tendon to the upper arm bone in a complete tear. In a partial tear, the surgeon trims and smooths the tendon and bone.
  • Tommy John surgery: Replace an injured ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow with a tendon taken from another part of the body.

Sports Performance Services at Johnston-Willis Hospital

Sports medicine is more than just treating injuries. It’s also about improving your performance doing the sport you love. We provide one-on-one evaluation and advanced technologies, including video gait analysis and biomechanics to assess how your muscles, tendons, and ligaments work together while you move.

Using the results, we develop specialized programs to help athletes of all ages and skill levels reduce the risk for injury and gain peak performance. Programs are designed for

  • Dancers Our team offers extensive screening for hypermobility, posture, flexibility, lower extremity and core strength, and dance techniques. We create personalized training aimed at improving technique, conditioning, and quality of movement.
  • Baseball/softball players. In addition to pre-season screening for injuries, we offer video-aided pitching/throwing analysis and computerized assessment of total body pitching mechanics, from wind up to follow-through. Our team provides evidence-based recommendations to improve performance and reduce injury.
  • Runners. Our experts use video gait analysis, which includes assessing your running action on a treadmill, and biomechanics to create customized plans to help you reduce the risk of injury.
  • Cyclists. We offer cyclist consultations that addresses posture, alignment, and the biomechanics of your movement to help you reduce the risk of injury and improve your experience.
  • Golfers. In addition to swing analysis, our team outlines specific ways to perfect your swing and prevent injury caused by improper technique.
  • Women athletes. Our team has expertise in helping women athletes with special needs related to pregnancy, postpartum issues, and what’s known as the Female Triad — a syndrome involving menstrual changes, energy imbalance, and bone health. We help you reduce risk for injury and improve strength for better performance.
  • Athletes over 50. We offer training for athletes over 50-years-old who play a sport or just like to stay active. Programs are customized to your needs, and may include guidance on lowering risk for injury, improving nutrition and hydration, and staying healthy while taking into account medical conditions you may have.

Special Sports Programs for Athletic Teams and Coaches

Johnston-Willis Hospital’s sports medicine group offers customized, team-based programs for all ages and sports, including recreational and professional-level athletic teams. If you’re a coach or athletic director, we can keep your team healthy and strong. Contact us for:

  • Medical release and sports participation forms
  • For athletic teams: We offer customized programs for recreational and professional athletes and teams of all ages and sports. We provide:
    • Athletic/sports physicals
    • Pre-season injury prevention clinics
    • Seasonal Saturday morning injury assessments for football players
    • Certified athletic trainer (ATC) services, including on-site practice, game staffing, and rehabilitation and physical therapy services
    • Performance enhancement programs for team sports
    • Sports concussion program
    • Sports medical release forms
  • For individual athletes: With our in-depth knowledge of biomechanics and common sports injuries, along with the most advanced rehabilitation and physical therapy technologies, our specialists help you pursue your favorite activities safely and at your best. We offer training and conditioning for athletes in all sports and all ages, including specialty programs for runners, cyclists, triathletes, golfers, dancers, and athletes over 50. Our goal is to help you achieve your best performance, while recovering from injury quickly and safely.
  • For coaches: Whether you are coaching little league or an aspiring professional athlete, you need a back-up team of medical professionals that can help your athletes remain healthy, train successfully and recover quickly from injuries. We provide the largest group of sports medicine physicians and physical therapists near Richmond and the Tri-Cities to keep your athletes in peak condition.
    • Recognition Scholarship for Athletes
    • Each year, HCA Virginia’s sports medicine team and the Richmond Times-Dispatch celebrate the Comeback Athlete of the Year. This award offers a scholarship recognizing high school seniors from Central Virginia who have successfully returned to competition after a serious injury. Visit HCA Virginia Sports Medicine to find out more.
  • Sports concussion program: Our sports medicine team offers a comprehensive, scientifically-based sports concussion program to assist you in understanding and reacting to sports-related head injuries. Our program draws on the expertise of sports medicine experts, neurologists, and neuropsychologists to assist in an athlete's full recovery.

A concussion is a brain injury caused by trauma to the head that can have serious consequences if undiagnosed and untreated. If you suspect someone has experienced a concussion, remove the athlete from play and have them evaluated by an appropriate healthcare professional immediately

A Comprehensive Team Approach to Sports-Related Injury and Care

You don’t have to be a professional athlete to be treated like one. Since 1988, athletes and sports teams have relied on Johnston-Willis Hospital’s sports medicine program for:

  • Combined expertise of teams working for you. You benefit from the shared clinical expertise of the region’s largest sports medicine team. That team includes board-certified primary care sports medicine physicians, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons, licensed physical therapists, certified athletic trainers, and sports performance specialists.
  • Community partnerships and expertise. We partner and support schools and countless regional sports teams and events. In fact, we’re the official sports medicine sponsor for Chesterfield County Public Schools, Richmond Multisports, and the University of Richmond Spiders.
  • Compassionate care throughout the journey. We’re here every step of the way with nurse navigation, case management, and care coordination customized to your needs.
  • Care in a full-service hospital. If you need surgery, it’s at a hospital with all the services and amenities you need for a comfortable recovery.

Meet Our Physical Therapists


Stephen Butler, PT, MSPT , OCS

Steve has been specializing in orthopedic and sports therapy since 1992. Steve is a certified orthopedic specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association and Certified Manual therapist through NAIOMT. He has developed specialties in foot and ankle injuries, running injuries, post surgical hip rehabilitation and lower extremity kinetic chain dysfunction. He performs gait analysis and instruction for performance enhancement and injury prevention. His approach to physical therapy is to not just treat the injury but find and treat the dysfunction causing the injury. Then work toward prevention.


Cherish Carlson, PTA

Cherish is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant at HCA VA Sports Medicine. She earned her Bachelors of Clinical Exercise Science from VCU in 2008. She continued to pursue her passion for the physical therapy field and became a PTA in 2011. Since then Cherish has worked in the orthopedic/sports medicine setting and enjoys working with all diagnoses and patients of all activity levels. Cherish competed as a track and field athlete in high school and was an avid long and triple jumper. She had the opportunity to travel to Australia in 2001 to represent the East Coast in the Down Under International Games. She was a member of a hip hop dance team and performed at local venues and now enjoys mime praise dancing at her church.


Kent G. Horner, Jr. LPTA

Graduated Lloyd C. Bird High School 1986 where he was a four-year letterman in soccer, and two year letterman in football. Graduated from Radford University 1991 with a degree in Exercises Science. While at Radford, Kent became a founding member of the Rugby team, and Sigma Chi Fraternity. He also participated with Club Swim team for one year. Graduated from the PTA program at John Tyler CC in 1997. Employee of HCA for 21 years, 18 of those as a therapist. Hobbies and extracurricular activities include hunting, fishing, soccer, reading and time in gym to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle.


Dani Joslin, PT, DPT, OCS

Dani has been a part of the CJW Sports Medicine team since 2009. Dani completed a Doctorate in Physical therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004 after an undergraduate degree in Biological Basis of Behavior. She has also achieved a board certification of Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS). She has a particular enthusiasm for the rehabilitation of athletes of all ages and enjoys focusing on considering the entire kinetic chain to determine treatment of a patient’s symptoms. Her interest areas include working with runners, overhead athletes and triathletes. She has extensive experience with manual therapy and performs video gait analysis for runners of all skill levels. In addition to a background as a member of the University of Pennsylvania Women’s Swim Team, she currently remains active in the local sports community; including competing at U.S. Masters Swimming Nationals and completing her first Ironman triathlon in 2014.


Andrew McGlamery, PTA, CSCS

Andrew McGlamery received his bachelor’s degree from The College of William and Mary in 1991, PTA degree from John Tyler Community College in 1995 and Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification from the NSCA in 1999. He has practiced in an outpatient orthopedic setting for 20 years; 17 of those with CJW Sports Medicine. He works with patients of all ages and diagnoses. After many years of powerlifting and the subsequent wear and tear on his body, Andrew is now an avid “runner”. He enjoys hunting, fishing and travelling.


Scott Pringle, PT, OCS

Originally from Western Pennsylvania, Scott is a 2000 graduate of Old Dominion Universities’ physical therapy program. Since that time, he has had the opportunity to work with many talented therapists and physicians. He has also augmented his clinical expertise through hundreds of hours of continuing education. Scott is a board certified orthopedic specialist who enjoys treating all active individuals and athletes. He examines all links in the kinetic chain, making connections from different regions of body that may drive the patients’ dysfunction. He uses manual therapy techniques in conjunction with functional exercise and video analysis to achieve excellent outcomes.


Michelle Tyler, PT, ATC

Michele is a graduate of the University of New England Physical Therapy program, is a Certified Athletic Trainer and has been practicing in Richmond for 29 years. She has an extensive background working with sports medicine and orthopedic patients of all ages and skill levels, providing rehab services for local high schools, The University of Richmond and many others throughout the years. She is also an adjunct professor for the Longwood University Athletic Training program. She specializes in post-op ACL’s, shoulder injuries and mechanical low back rehab.


Jonathan Wilson, PT

Jonathan received his Doctorate in Physical therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008 and has been part of CJW Sports Medicine since this date. He continues to learn and work with talented therapists, strength coaches, and physicians. His areas of interest are helping athletes return to their highest level of competition. He understands the importance of looking at the entire picture of the patient/athlete to help find the reason why they are having pain and symptoms. He utilizes manual therapy techniques, functional exercise, and sport specific drills to achieve the desired outcomes. He also utilizes video analysis to capture mechanics with throwers, pitchers, and runners.

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