At Methodist Healthcare, our state licensed and certified athletic trainers (ATs) collaborate with our sports medicine team physicians to provide a comprehensive approach to care for athletes. Offering performance evaluation, preventative and emergency care as well as diagnosis and rehabilitation, the wellbeing of our athletes is at the forefront of all we do.

Injury prevention plans from our ATs help keep athletes healthy and ready to perform. If an injury does occur, the immediate treatment offered by our ATs can shorten recovery times along with fast access to top sports medicine specialists.

Sports medicine treatment in San Antonio

Whether our athletic trainers are there for a single coverage of a game or practice, or are an ongoing part of your team or school's events, we are committed to providing expert, compassionate and affordable sports medicine care to our athletes. The health of our athletes is always top priority.

Our multi-disciplinary sports medicine team

At Methodist Healthcare, we take a comprehensive approach to sports medicine. Our sports medicine team consists of clinicians and specialists who collaborate with athletes, parents and coaches to ensure each athlete has a personalized care plan.

Sports medicine specialists include:

The sports medicine physician

A sports medicine physician has significant specialized training in both the treatment and prevention of illness and injury. They are ideally suited to provide comprehensive medical care for athletes, sports teams or active individuals who are simply looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Sports medicine physicians specialize solely in non-surgical sports medicine. Find out more about sports medicine physicians.

The orthopedic surgeon

Orthopaedic surgeons are devoted to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Some orthopedists are generalists, while others specialize in certain areas of the body. Find out more about orthopedic surgeons.

The athletic trainer

Athletic trainers (ATs) are highly qualified, multi-skilled health care professionals who render service or treatment, under the direction of or in collaboration with a physician, in accordance with their education, training and the state's statutes, rules and regulations.  As a part of the health care team, services provided by athletic trainers include primary care, injury and illness prevention, wellness promotion and education, emergent care, examination and clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries and medical conditions. Find out more about athletic trainers.

The physical therapist

Physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education. Physical therapists diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to people at the end of life. Many patients have injuries, disabilities, or other health conditions that need treatment. But PTs also care for people who simply want to become healthier and to prevent future problems. Find out more about physical therapists.

Sports medicine services

Athlete injuries at sporting events are common. Our sports medicine team is prepared to help athletes throughout San Antonio get the treatment needed for a variety of common injuries including concussions, sprains breaks and tears that may sideline an athlete.

Common athlete injuries occur with:

  • Ankle
  • Elbow
  • Foot
  • Hand
  • Head
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Shoulder
  • Spine
  • Wrist

Very Important Athlete (VIA) Program

At the core of Methodist Healthcare Sports Medicine services is a unique program designed specifically to support athletes throughout the Greater San Antonio area. The Very Important Athlete (VIA) Program gives injured athletes expedited access to one of Methodist Healthcare's neighborhood emergency rooms when an athlete has a medical emergency during a sporting event. Working alongside athletic trainers at various participating schools, the Methodist Sports Medicine team coordinates care so that injured athletes can receive prompt evaluation by our Emergency care teams across the city.

With fifteen neighborhood Methodist ER’s and six CareNow Urgent cares located through San Antonio and the surrounding communities, parents and athletes can rest assured that Methodist Healthcare is ready when you need us.