American Board of Pediatrics
American College of Sports Medicine
Hi, I’m Dr. Kody Moffatt. I’m the sports medicine physician here at Children’s. I started off as an athletic trainer working in several different fields, ultimately in professional hockey. I went to medical school after having my initial career, transitioned into pediatrics, and later was able to blend my experience as a pediatrician and my experience in sports medicine into what we’re doing now here at Children’s. I see a lot of children and teenagers with concussions. It’s seasonal, especially in the fall during football season and in the spring during soccer season. Those are our peak times for concussion injuries. The other part of my background and expertise is growth and development and looking at muscular-skeletal injuries — injuries to arms, legs, and back. When something has happened — either acutely or through overuse — it’s important to be able to appreciate where a young person is in their development and tie that all together to put together a plan of care. An important thing for parents to realize when talking about youth sports injuries is that pain is important. Soreness from working hard and having muscle fatigue is absolutely expected and is okay. Young people shouldn’t have pain with activity. If pain is there, it’s for a reason, and it’s best to figure out why. One of the most rewarding things that I get to do is take young people who are either sick or injured, and all they want to go is get back to playing and help with that process to get them back to doing the things that they like to do successfully and without pain. It’s a lot of fun to watch.