Sports and exercise injury experts in Richmond, Virginia

Since 1988, athletes and sports teams in central Virginia have relied on Johnston-Willis Hospital's sports medicine program for a wide range of services.

We provide the largest group of sports medicine physicians and physical therapists near Richmond and the Tri-Cities. Our sports medicine clinic offers advanced technology, expert advice, injury prevention and assessment, health and fitness training and rehabilitation for athletes of all ages.

For more information about our Richmond sports medicine program, please call (804) 320-3627.

Whether you are an novice athlete or a coach, we keep you and/or your team active and operating at peak performance.

Our multidisciplinary sports medicine team includes sports medicine physicians, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, case managers and specialists from our neurosciences, orthopedic care and physical therapy departments. All of these sports-related professionals are available to you under one roof.

We also partner and support regional sports teams and events. In fact, Johnston-Willis Hospital is the official sports medicine sponsor for Chesterfield County Public Schools, Richmond Multisports and the University of Richmond.

Sports injuries and conditions we treat

Our sports medicine physicians in Richmond offer nonsurgical, surgical and rehabilitative therapies to get you back in the game and reduce the risk for re-injury.

Common sports-related pain and injuries include:

  • Ankle/foot pain and injury: Ankle sprains, high ankle sprains, Achilles tendon injuries, stress fractures, heel pain and ligament inflammation (plantar fasciitis)
  • Back pain and injury: Muscle strain, ligament sprain, disc disorders and fractures
  • Concussions: Traumatic impact to the head causing dizziness, drowsiness, blurry vision and other symptoms
  • Elbow pain and injury: Bursitis, dislocations, tendon ruptures and ligament tears, such as tennis or golf elbow
  • Hip pain and injury: Hip pointer or contusion, hip flexor strain, labral tears of cartilage, quadriceps strains, dislocations and bursitis
  • Knee pain and injury: Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) tears, meniscus tears, jumper's knee (patellar tendonitis) and patellofemoral syndrome
  • Shoulder pain and injury: Labral tears of cartilage, dislocations, rotator cuff tears, bicep injuries, nerve impingements and fractures
  • Wrist/hand pain and injury: Ligament tears, tendinitis, nerve injuries and stress fractures

Sports medicine services

Whether you are coaching little league or professional athletes, you need a back-up team of medical professionals that can help your athletes remain healthy, train successfully and recover quickly from injuries.

Our comprehensive sports medicine services in central Virginia include:

  • Surgical and nonsurgical treatments
  • Sports-specific physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Special injury care for baseball and softball players
  • Pain management therapies
  • Sports physicals
  • Pre-season injury prevention clinics
  • Seasonal Saturday morning injury assessments for football players
  • Certified athletic trainer services, including on-site practice, game staffing and rehabilitation services
  • Performance enhancement programs for team sports
  • Sports concussion program
  • Medical release and sports participation forms

Sports injury surgery

The orthopedic surgeons at Johnston-Willis perform minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, which involves making small incisions and inserting a lighted tube into the joint. This type of procedure allows surgeons to precisely diagnose your condition and perform a variety of procedures on ligaments, bones, cartilage and tendons without making a large incision, leading to a faster, easier recovery.

Common sports-related surgeries include:

If you have a spine injury, you can be confident you will receive the best back and neck care from our spine specialists and neurosurgeons.

Sports performance programs

Sports medicine involves more than just treating injuries. It is also about improving performance. We provide one-one-one evaluation and advanced technologies, including video gait analysis and biomechanics, to assess how your muscles, tendons and ligaments work together while you move. Each program is specifically tailored to its respective sport to help participants reduce the risk of injury.

Our sports performance programs in Richmond, Virginia are designed for:

  • Dancers: Our team offers extensive screening for hypermobility, posture, flexibility, lower extremity strength, core strength and dance techniques. Our personalized training aims to improve technique, conditioning and the quality of movement.
  • Baseball/softball players: In addition to pre-season screening for injuries, we offer video-aided pitching/throwing analysis and computerized assessments of total body pitching mechanics, from wind-up to follow-through.
  • Runners: Our experts use video gait analysis, which includes assessing your running action on a treadmill and biomechanics to create personalized plans.
  • Cyclists: We offer cyclist consultations that address posture, alignment and the biomechanics of your movement to help improve your sport.
  • Golfers: In addition to swing analysis, our team outlines specific ways to perfect your swing and prevent injury caused by improper technique.
  • Female athletes: Our team has expertise in female athletes' unique needs related to pregnancy, postpartum issues and what is known as the female athlete triad—a syndrome involving menstrual changes, energy imbalance and bone health.
  • Athletes 50 years old and older: We offer training for athletes 50 years old and older who play a sport or just like to stay active. Programs are customized to your needs and may include improving nutrition and hydration and staying healthy while taking any medical conditions into consideration.

Concussion care program

A concussion is a brain injury caused by trauma to the head that can have serious consequences if undiagnosed and untreated. Our sports medicine team offers a comprehensive, scientifically based sports concussion program to assist you in understanding and reacting to sports-related injuries.

Our concussion care program draws on the expertise of sports medicine experts, neurologists and neuropsychologists to assist in the athlete's full recovery.

Concussion symptoms

A person may have experienced a concussion if the following symptoms are present:

  • Amnesia surrounding the event
  • Dizziness or "seeing stars"
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache or pressure in the head
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Confusion or foggy mind
  • Slurred speech
  • Delayed response to questions
  • Tiredness

If you suspect someone has experienced a concussion, remove the athlete from play and have him or her evaluated by a healthcare professional immediately.

Comeback Athlete of the Year Scholarship

Each year, HCA Virginia's sports medicine program 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.