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Division of Sports Medicine

The Division of Sports Medicine is currently led by Dr. Annunziato (Ned) Amendola (pictured left). Duke's sports medicine specialists are internationally recognized for the treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries. If a sports injury or medical condition has sidelined you from your favorite activity, our sports medicine experts in Raleigh and Durham use the most advanced methods to evaluate and treat injuries in professional, nonprofessional and recreational athletes of all ages. Our goal is returning you to an active lifestyle. Experts in our sports performance programs study the causes and prevention of injury, apply the findings directly to your care, and use the latest techniques to enhance your performance.

Our sports medicine specialists treat joint sprains and strains, arthritis, fractures, tendonitis and bursitis. These common overuse and misuse injuries typically put weekend athletes, local youth sports participants and elite professional athletes on the disabled list. We also treat sports-related medical conditions, including asthma, concussion, athletic-induced amenorrhea and overtraining syndrome. Our sports medicine doctors tailor exercise and treatment programs to meet your unique needs and help you make a complete recovery.

Our current research includes: improving the understanding, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports and activity-related problems of the lower extremity; trying to evaluate joint injury and osteoarthritis early in the process to possibly intervene before advanced changes occur in the joint; musculoskeletal ultrasound, regenerative medicine and non-operative orthopedics; knee and muscle injuries; and optimizing the treatment of clavicle fractures, rotator cuff tears, and arthritis. 

If you’re looking to maximize your athletic performance, we can help you achieve your goals. Our team offers testing in agility, speed, power, strength, stamina, flexibility, body composition and endurance. It’s all designed to improve athletic performance and prevent injury for all ages and all levels.

Duke Sports Medicine is one of just three U.S.-based Medical Centers of Excellence of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), sponsor of the World Cup soccer championship. The program is one of only 48 worldwide for professional soccer players. Plus, our orthopaedic program is consistently ranked as one of the top in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Our unparalleled experience enables our surgeons to treat some of the most complex cases
  • We are committed to training future generations of orthopedic surgeons

James R. Urbaniak, MD Sports Sciences Institute



In June 2016, we celebrated the grand opening of the state-of-the-art James R. Urbaniak, MD Sports Sciences Institute. The James R. Urbaniak, MD Sports Sciences Institute, formerly Duke Sports Medicine at the Finch Yeager building, has a 70-year history of being a national leader in the treatment of professional athletes, non-professional athletes, and recreational athletes. Our doctors, surgeons, and physical therapists offer the best clinical care for people of all levels of athletic skill who want to be more active than their medical condition allows.

Sports medicine services offered at this location include:

  • Clinical and surgical treatments
  • Injury prevention and sports performance
  • Pediatric sports medicine
  • Sports psychology
  • Sports cardiology
  • Women's sports medicine
  • Michael W. Krzyzewski Human Performance Laboratory (K-Lab) 

Services of Duke University Hospital Outpatient Departments include:

  • Physical therapy and occupational therapy
  • Radiology

When you come to us for sports medicine treatment, you receive care from nationally recognized medical professionals who are committed to your complete recovery.

We invite you to learn more about our program by visiting:

Ready for an appointment? Call today at: 855-855-6484