What Is Sports Medicine? 

If your child is injured while exercising, participating in a sport, or doing any type of physical activity, you may be advised to see a sports medicine healthcare provider for treatment. 

About sports medicine specialists 

Our physicians have expertise evaluating and treating musculoskeletal injuries using a wide variety of rehabilitative and surgical techniques. As a part of the WVU Medicine family, our sports medicine providers have access to specialists from multiple disciplines, including orthopedics and the WVU Medicine Spine Center. WVU Medicine Sports Medicine providers care for athletes of all sports and all ages—from weekend warriors to competitive high-school and college athletes.

Sports medicine is not a medical specialty in itself. Most sports medicine healthcare providers are certified in internal medicine, emergency medicine, family medicine, or another specialty. They then get additional training. Others specialize in treating injuries in children and teens, whose growing bodies can be quite different from those of adults. They are generally board-certified in pediatrics or family medicine with additional training in sports medicine.

Other experts who are not medical doctors may work with a sports medicine specialist to provide care including:

  • Physical therapists. They help people rehabilitate and recover from injuries.
  • Certified athletic trainers. These trainers provide rehab exercise routines to help patients regain strength. They also develop conditioning programs to prevent future injury.
  • Nutritionists. They may help with needed weight loss or weight gain. They can provide dietary advice to help people improve their physical functioning.  


Reasons to see a sports medicine specialist 

Your child may see a sports medicine healthcare provider for an injury such as:

  • Ankle sprain
  • Fracture
  • Knee and shoulder injury
  • Tendonitis
  • Exercise-induced asthma
  • Heat illness
  • Concussion
  • Eating disorder
  • Cartilage injury


WVU Medicine Camden Clark
Primary Care – Harbor Point
108 Osprey Drive
Williamstown, WV 26187
(304) 865-5100


Supporting our community  

Did you know that Camden Clark is proud to be on the field alongside some of our local athletic teams? We have Certified Athletic Trainers at Parkersburg High School, Parkersburg South High School and Williamstown High School. We’re also supporting all Wood County middle schools on the sidelines as well.