Firelands hospital services

Sports Medicine

Playing sports is a great way for your children to stay active, get involved, and make friends. But it also opens the door for potential injuries - some more serious than others. Sports injuries don't just include acute injuries like a fracture, strain or sprain - they can also be injuries caused by overuse. 

Acute injuries are usually the result of a single, traumatic event such as fall or hit to the leg or arm. Some common examples of acute injuries are wrist fractures, ankle sprains, and shoulder dislocations.

Overuse injuries are more difficult than acute injuries to diagnose and treat because they are subtle and usually occur over time. Common examples include tennis elbow, swimmer’s shoulder, Achilles tendinitis, and shin splints.

How to Prevent Sports Injuries

Sometimes a sports injury happens by accident, no matter how careful your kids are. While overuse injuries may be more difficult to diagnose than an injury that happens from one, traumatic event, overuse injuries are more preventable in the long term.

According to, here is how to prevent sports injuries:

  1. Get a pre-season health and wellness evaluation, which can identify possible health concerns that may lead to overuse injuries.

  2. Perform a proper warm-up and cool-down routine to prepare the body and help it recover from activity.

  3. Incorporate strength training and stretching into your training program.

  4. Hydrate adequately to maintain health and minimize cramps.

  5. Wear properly fitted protective equipment, including helmets, pads, shoes, and mouth guards.

  6. Wear sunscreen to protect the skin from repeated exposure to the sun during practice and games.

  7. Don’t play one sport year-round. Taking one season off each year helps muscles recover from use and prevent overuse injuries.
  8. Play different positions or sports throughout the year to minimize the risk of overuse injuries

Sports Injury Treatment

Firelands Physician Group offers treatment for acute and overuse sports injuries by our sports medicine physician, Matthew Widmer, DO, who is board certified in sports medicine, and family medicine and osteomanipulative treatment. Dr. Widmer sees sports medicine patients from ages 5 and up.

sports medicine physician

Our sports medicine physician completed his undergraduate degree in bioengineering at the University of Toledo and his medical education at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania as well as a family medicine residency at Firelands Regional Medical Center where he was Chief Resident and a sports medicine fellowship at ProMedica Primary Care in Toledo. He is also a Captain in the Ohio National Guard.

Dr. Widmer is also a member of the United States military.

Hours of Operation

Dr. Widmer offers sports medicine appointments in both Sandusky and Port Clinton, according to the following schedule:

  • Mondays (Sandusky) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesdays (Port Clinton) 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesdays (Port Clinton) 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursdays (Sandusky) 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fridays (Port Clinton) 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

To make an appointment with our sports medicine physician, call 419-732-0700.

In addition, Firelands Physician Group Sports Medicine Clinic provides:

  • Post-Concussion Treatment from Injury – resulting from sports trauma, occupational injuries, and car accidents)
  • Sports Rehabilitation – including tendonitis/muscle sprains, knee strains, shoulder/elbow/wrist injuries, back and neck pain, joint injuries)
  • Treatment for all ages and sports injuries – from the blossoming beginner soccer player to the high school football star to the adult weekend warrior, and more.

We know you or your child just wants to play sports again. Let our sports medicine physician help you heal.

Contact us by calling 419-732-0700 for more information about treatment for sports injuries in Sandusky and Port Clinton, today.

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