Sports medicine is a specialized branch of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of sports-related injuries and conditions. It is a diversified program of prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation with the goal of a positive healthy recovery experience, an improved quality of life, a safe return to full athletic participation, and continued athletic success.

Regardless of age, sport, or ability level, athletes and active individuals alike depend on healthy bones, muscles, and joints to perform at their highest aptitude. But when a sports-related injury occurs, it can take you out of the game for days, weeks, or even months at a time.

At Ascendant Orthopedic Alliance, we specialize in providing comprehensive sports medicine services including the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Regardless of the level of the athlete; recreational, high school, college, even professional; our sports medicine specialists strive to provide the highest quality, state-of-the-art health care services.

Ascendant’s Indiana sports medicine program includes board-certified orthopedic surgeons, board-certified sports medicine physicians, and our physical therapists. This team take a comprehensive approach to treating sports injuries, which includes superior diagnostics, physical therapy, bracing, medications, injections, and when necessary, the latest surgical techniques. Our goal is to assist patients in their quest to return to the games they love, quickly and safely.

Common Injuries Treated

  • Achilles Tendon Injuries
  • ACL Tears
  • Ankle Injuries
  • Concussions
  • Fractures and Dislocations
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Knee Injuries
  • Labral Tears
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Muscle Contusions (Bruise)
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries and Instability
  • Shin Splints
  • Slap Lesion
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Stress Fractures
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Torn Ligaments and Tendons

STOP Sports Injuries Campaign

There are alarming trends in “professional-level” injuries among youth sports participants. Orthopaedic surgeons see two trends: the number of youth injuries is reaching epidemic proportions and youth are experiencing overuse injuries at a younger and younger age. The high rate of youth sports injuries is fueled by an increase in overuse and trauma injuries and a lack of attention paid to proper injury prevention.

To address these issues, Ascendant Orthopedic Alliance has joined with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and its collaborators created the STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) Sports Injuries Campaign. The Campaign is designed to help parents, coaches, healthcare providers and athletes learn more about the prevention, treatment and long-term consequences of overuse and trauma injury. Armed with the correct information and tools, today’s youth athletes can remain healthy, play safe and stay in the game for life.

Overuse injuries impact young athletes in the short term and often lead to long-term consequences. This type of injury may become apparent during the course of play. Using proper preventative measures such as pre-participation physicals, stretching, cross-training, hydration and open communication about pain among all participants (coaches, athletes, parents and healthcare providers) can help aid recovery and avoid long-term consequences.

It is important for everyone who plays a role in a young athlete’s life—parents, coaches and healthcare providers—to put the athlete’s health and safety first and to quickly and honestly communicate about issues of pain, injury and the need for proper recovery. Visit for more information.


Ascendant Orthopedic Alliance was formed by joining the two leading providers serving North Central Indiana and Southwestern Michigan. South Bend Orthopaedics (SBO) and Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center (OSMC) bring together the current seven office locations in South Bend, Elkhart, Mishawaka, Goshen, LaPorte, Middlebury and Nappanee to form Ascendant Orthopedic Alliance.