Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine is a sub-specialty of Orthopedics that deals with physical fitness, exercise and the treatment and prevention of sports injuries. You do not need to be a professional or competitive athlete to seek the services of orthopedic surgeons who specialize in sports medicine. Weekend warriors are welcome too.

The orthopedic sports medicine physicians at Orthopaedic Specialists of North County (OSNC) help patients maximize function and minimize disability. We are expertly trained to take care of people who have injuries that result from participating in sporting activities, and advise them on how to stay active while correctly caring for their injury.

Working with our physical therapists, we help patients to correctly rehabilitate after an injury. Our sports medicine specialists can help you properly condition to prevent injury, offer physical training, evaluate athletic performance and provide nutrition counseling to improve performance. In addition, our services include the proper use of athletic equipment, and orthotic devices to prevent and manage athletic injuries.


Exercise is a science based on the biomechanics of human movement, the internal forces that occur under the effect sports activities, including ergonomics, and the short and long term responses to how exercise stresses the body and how the body adapts to exercise. Exercise and conditioning are intended to improve an individual’s physical condition and performance. Exercise is good for your health and well being. It can improve your muscle tone and energy, and even reduce your risk of chronic diseases.


The sports medicine physicians and physical therapists at OSNC will evaluate your strength, flexibility, balance and power to design an exercise program individualized to your needs. This may include strength training, muscle conditioning, stretching, and performance enhancement techniques to help you achieve your personal best, while reducing your risk of injury. This will improve your strength, agility and endurance.

Whether you are recovering from injury or just want to improve your fitness, we can devise a structured program to help you perform at your best.

Many sports injuries occur from:

  • Overestimating your abilities
  • Doing too much too fast
  • Failing to prepare or preparing inadequately
  • Over training
  • Improper training
  • Improper use of exercise equipment
  • Accidents, and
  • A combination of any of the above

The most common sports injuries are:

  • Knee injuries including ACL Tears, and damage to the cartilage in the knee joint
  • Sprains and strains
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Shin splints
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations

Orthopaedic Specialists of North County combine the assets of sports medicine physicians and physical therapists in a comprehensive program of specialized techniques and exercises to get you rehabilitated from your injury and back to activity

Orthopaedic Specialists of North County serves patients in Greater San Diego County including Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, Escondido, Carlsbad, Encinitas, and Solana Beach, California. Give us a call. We are here to help.

"The entire team at OSNC is great, very professional and took the time to put me at ease. And I only have praise for the Dr. Erik Stark, a wonderful doctor who never disappoints!" Patient of Dr. Erik Stark
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