By Dr. Peter W. Hester
Lexington Clinic Orthopedics – Sports Medicine

Spring and summer are great times for kids of all ages to get out and play sports while enjoying the beautiful weather, but those sports can also pose some injury risks.

Kids tend to have one thing on their mind when they’re outside and around with their friends, have fun. That means the responsibility to keep kids safe falls on parents or other guardians, coaches and doctors.

Here are some ways to make sure your child stays safe and has fun this spring and summer:
  • Always warm-up
  • Wear appropriate protective gear (e.g.: helmets, mouth guards, eye protection, skin guards)
  • Stay hydrated with water and get proper rest breaks
  • Have at least one CPR certified adult nearby at all times
  • Recognize the signs of an injury

If you do notice an injury with your child you should take he or she to the doctor immediately. Parents should also be aware of the signs of a concussion which can worsen hours after the actual injury has occurred.

Children should also have a complete physical before participating in any team activities. If you’d like more information on how to make sure your child is ready for sports, please call (859) 258-8575 or visit us at

Sports Injury
Drop-In Clinic

A sports injury drop-in clinic held Monday-Friday for patients who arrive by 7:30 a.m. Any athlete with a sudden or recent sports related injury or an injury preventing participation in sports can stop in for evaluation by one of our physicians. For more information, please call (859) 258-8575.

Walk-In Clinic

A walk-in clinic held Monday-Friday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Any patient with an unexpected orthopedic injury can stop in for evaluation and treatment. For more information, please call (859) 258-8566.

Peter W. Hester, MD is board-certified in Orthopedic Surgery. He provides services in general orthopedic, shoulder, sports medicine, workers compensation, and surgical procedures.  Dr. Hester's professional interests include sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery, injuries of the shoulder and knee, shoulder reconstruction and complex knee ligament reconstruction.