At the Cincinnati Children’s Cardiorespiratory Sports Clinic, pediatric cardiologists and pulmonologists work together to care for young athletes with heart and lung issues. In our first-of-its-kind clinic, we help children, teens and young adults stay healthy and get back in the game as quickly and safely as possible.

In our convenient clinic, your child can see both a cardiologist and pulmonologist. You’ll need only one appointment at one location, instead of two.

We understand your athlete’s goals for their health and performance. We’ll help them reach these goals while keeping their heart and lungs healthy.

Making an Appointment at Cardiorespiratory Sports Clinic

Your child will be scheduled to see one of our specialists depending on their main complaint. Common issues include chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, decline in performance and failing a pre-participation physical.

Preparing for Your Visit

Before the visit you may receive a call from one of our clinic coordinators. They will review your child’s medical history to help the doctors care for your child. The information will be used to better coordinate care, including possibly ordering testing before your child visits our clinic.

On the Day of Your Visit at Cardiorespiratory Sports Clinic

Before Your Appointment

You should arrive about 30 minutes before your child’s appointment. This will allow 15 minutes to park and walk to our clinic, and 15 minutes to check in at our registration desk. The Cardiorespiratory Sports Clinic is on the Burnet Campus of Cincinnati Children’s in Location C, on the fourth floor.

Please contact us if you are running late for your appointment.

At Your Appointment

On the day of the visit, your child will see a Cardiorespiratory Sports Clinic physician. We’ll have you (or your teen) complete a pre-visit questionnaire about their health and fitness. Then the doctor will ask questions about their symptoms and perform a physical exam.

As part of the visit, we may perform certain medical tests to better understand how your child’s heart and lungs work. These tests may include:

  • Hemoglobin test to measure the amount of hemoglobin in the blood (this is non-invasive and doesn’t require a blood sample)
  • Body composition analysis to measure body fat percentage and muscle mass
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing to help us better understand your child’s heart and lung function during exercise
  • Echocardiogram and/or cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to look at your child’s heart structure

Following your child’s visit, other tests may be ordered based on the results of the exam and initial tests. A cardiologist and pulmonologist will review the test results together. We’ll then offer our personalized recommendations, including follow-up plans and exercise prescriptions for returning to play.

After Your Visit at Cardiorespiratory Sports Clinic

Our clinic will provide return-to-play recommendations and notes to coaches and teams after we see your athlete. We look forward to helping your child get back to what they love to do best.