Olympic Champion Visits Orthopaedic Institute for Children

Two-Time Olympic Medalist April Ross Visits Sports Medicine Center to Meet Children and Celebrate United States’ Global Influence in Beach Volleyball

Two-time Olympic beach volleyball medalist April Ross (center) meets with children at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s Sports Medicine Center in Los Angeles. As part of her visit, Ross spoke with physicians regarding athletic injury care and prevention and helped dedicate a new wall celebrating the United States’ global contributions and influence in beach volleyball. (Photo: Business Wire)

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LOS ANGELES--()--Two-time Olympic medalist April Ross visited the Center for Sports Medicine at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) to meet with physicians and children and to help dedicate a new wall celebrating United States’ global achievements, contributions and influence in beach volleyball.

Ross was a silver medalist at the 2012 Olympic games and a bronze medalist in 2016. In her highly decorated collegiate career, Ross led the University of Southern California to back-to-back NCAA titles and was twice named first team All-American.

As part of her visit to OIC, Ross spoke with physicians about athletic injury care and prevention, a topic of great interest to her as she continues to compete at the highest level. Young athletes present unique challenges due to the repetitive and high strain they put on their bodies during what is often a year-round schedule of sporting activities.

Ross’ visit is a precursor to a special sports medicine conference that will be held April 8 at OIC. The conference will provide certified athletic trainers with the knowledge needed to properly diagnose, treat and prevent common injuries in young athletes.

The Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s Center for Sports Medicine is a state-of-the-art facility staffed by a specially trained team of sports medicine physicians, pediatric orthopaedic surgeons, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, athletic trainers and physical therapists all focused on helping each child return to his or her sport activities as quickly and safely as possible. “Our team specializes in treating a broad range of today’s athletic injuries before they damage tomorrow’s opportunities,” said Richard Bowen, M.D., director of the Center for Sports Medicine at OIC. “Keeping young athletes in the game is our top priority.”

About Orthopaedic Institute for Children

Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) was founded in 1911 as Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. Focused solely on musculoskeletal conditions in children, OIC receives 60,000 patient visits each year. In alliance with UCLA Health and with the support of the OIC Foundation, we advance pediatric orthopaedics worldwide through outstanding patient care, medical education and research. Our locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood and Calexico treat the full spectrum of pediatric orthopaedic disorders and injuries. For more information, visit us at ortho-institute.org.

Contacts

Orthopaedic Institute for Children
Camille Strickland, 213-742-1501
CStrickland@mednet.ucla.edu

Release Summary

Two-time Olympic Medalist April Ross visits the Center for Sports Medicine at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children to meet children and celebrate United States’ global influence in beach volleyball.

Contacts

Orthopaedic Institute for Children
Camille Strickland, 213-742-1501
CStrickland@mednet.ucla.edu