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Sports Therapy

Skilled sports therapists help athletes get back in the game

A bicyclist resumes his favorite sport after undergoing successful sports therapy treatment at Scripps Health.

Skilled sports therapists help athletes get back in the game

For weekend warriors to elite athletes, Scripps Health offers expert sports therapy in San Diego to people who participate in athletic activities of all levels.


From chronic orthopedic injuries to post-surgical rehabilitation, our team has the expertise needed to help you overcome short-term performance interruptions or serious injuries that can threaten your career or active lifestyle so you can return to the field, track, court, road or gym.

Conditions treated at Scripps

Scripps sports and orthopedic physical therapists have expertise in the following:


  • Overuse injuries and injury or re-injury prevention
  • Acute injuries including fractures, dislocations, sprains and strains
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation after total joint replacement, ACL reconstruction and MCL repair, capsule-labral (SLAP) and rotator cuff repair, UCL reconstruction (Tommy John surgery) and ulnar nerve transpositions
  • Joint and muscle pain

Sports physical therapy services

With intensive training and a focus on long term player functionality, our sports therapists use the latest treatment techniques. From hands-on manual therapy to exercise programs tailored for individual needs, you’ll find a variety of specialized services to help you get back into the game following an illness, injury or surgery. Our goal is to restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities.


Some of our sports therapies include:


  • Return to sport progression
  • Strengthening and conditioning
  • Performance enhancement
  • Manual therapy
  • Customized home exercise programs
  • Custom foot orthotics
  • Video analysis to assess biomechanical dysfunction with running or cycling, using the most advanced video technology (available at Scripps Green Sports and Physical Therapy location in University Town Center [UTC]).


Scripps also offers advanced rehabilitation by sports therapists who are trained as sports certified specialists (SCS) at our outpatient facility. This team works closely with the sports medicine specialists at Scripps Clinic. Together, the two teams help care for some of San Diego’s most elite athletes.

Concussion management

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) usually caused by a blow to the head. Concussions are common, and the majority of symptoms will resolve with rest and time. But if you have symptoms for weeks or months, speak to your health care provider about treatment options. The Scripps Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas is uniquely qualified to care for people with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), including concussion.