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Student athletes need specialized care when being treated for an injury. Injuries to children and adolescents can be very different from those experienced by adults. That’s why the team at the Sports Medicine Center at Children’s Mercy is uniquely trained to care for the needs of teen and adolescent athletes.

Sports medicine diagnosis and treatment

Our goal is to evaluate acutely injured patients within 48-72 hours of an injury. During your visit, you’ll see a board-certified sports medicine doctor who is trained to care for adolescent athletes. Patients will have a thorough evaluation, which will include X-rays and other tests if needed. We also provide direct access to other teams in the hospital for additional care, if services such as surgery or advanced imaging, are needed.


The Sports Medicine Center provides 24 certified athletic trainers to area high schools and club organizations as well as the NAIA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Tournament. Our athletic trainers are certified, licensed healthcare professionals whose primary concern is the optimal health of student athletes. Having a certified athletic trainer present at games and practices ensures your student athletes are safer.

Sporting Kansas City

Children’s Mercy is the official healthcare and sports medicine provider for Sporting Kansas City Academy and the National Training and Development Center in Kansas City, Kan. 

Our partnerships
Teenage athletes heal differently than adults

Clinical Services

Our team at the Sports Medicine Center offers a full spectrum of world-class care for youth and adolescent athletes in Kansas City and throughout the Midwest.  

Sports physical therapy is a specialized service which helps student athletes recover from sports-related injuries. The team at Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine Center understands the needs of athletes and adjusts your treatment plan to fit the sport you play.

Our athletic trainers are certified, licensed healthcare professionals whose primary concern is the optimal health of student athletes. Athletic trainers provide educational and community outreach activities and athletic training services to local high schools and club team sports.

Concussions can happen during almost any sport. If you are concerned that your student athlete has a concussion, they should be removed from play immediately and seen by a healthcare professional as soon as possible.

Having adequate strength in your hips and thighs is key to providing support for your knees and preventing ACL injuries. The Sports Medicine Center at Children’s Mercy is taking registrations for the student-athlete ACL Injury Prevention and Sports Performance Program.


Acute or chronic illness or conditions

Heat illness, exercise-induced asthma, female athlete triad, compartment syndrome, mononucleosis, and nutrition-related concerns affecting performance. Learn more about hydration and how to avoid heat illness.

Ankle and foot

Fractures, sprains, strains, instability, Achilles tendon and peroneal injuries
Learn more about ankle injuries and ankle strengthening tips.


Sport-related back pain, spondylolisthesis, and spondylolysis



Sports-related concussions. Learn more about concussions.

Core strengthening

Learn some quick tips on how to strengthen your core and help prevent sports-related injuries. Noelle Dowma, one of our sports physical therapists, tells you all you need to know in this short video.


Dislocations, fractures, Little League Elbow, medial/lateral epicondylitis, UCL reconstruction (Tommy John)


Dislocations, fractures and overuse injuries. Learn more about gymnast's wrist.


Avulsion injuries, impingement, labral tears, and snapping hip syndrome


ACL injuries, sprains, meniscal tears, Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD), patella dislocations, and patellofemoral knee pain. 

Children's Mercy offers the first and only ACL Injury Prevention and Sports Performance Program in the Kansas City area operated and managed by athletic trainers and physical therapists with sports medicine physician oversight.


Proper nutrition can play a key role in recovering from an injury. Learn more in this article about proper nutrition.  



Dislocations, multi-directional shoulder instability, labral tears, rotator cuff strains, AC separations, and Little League Shoulders. Read about how Children's Mercy helped two teammates on their road to recovery.


ACL Tear and Rehab: Mary’s story

When 15-year-old Mary suffers a knee injury that threatens her tennis career, her parents turn to Children’s Mercy for expert orthopaedic surgical repair. See how customized care and world-class rehab facilities used by professional athletes enable Mary to get back on the court in time for her state high school tournament.

Children's Mercy is an American College of Surgeons Verified Center

Highest Level of Surgical Care

Children’s Mercy is one of only 10 centers in the nation to be verified as a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center — the highest possible rating — by the American College of Surgeons. 

Sports Medicine locations

When your child is treated by the sports medicine team at Children’s Mercy, they aren’t just getting excellent care designed specifically for growing bodies. Learn about the Children's Mercy physical therapy and sports medicine gyms.

Contact information

Patients and families

Patients with acute sports injuries are typically scheduled and seen by our sports medicine physicians within 72 hours of calling for an appointment.  Same-day appointments are also common.  Quality customer service is provided by our bilingual scheduling staff with 24/7 availability to request an appointment.      

To make an appointment with a sports medicine physician 
(816) 701-HURT (4878)

To make an appointment with a sports physical therapist
(913) 717-4750