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Sports Medicine Center

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Children’s Mercy is the best in the game when it comes to pediatric sports medicine. In our nationally ranked Sports Medicine Center, we help student-athletes maintain and increase strength and speed through performance conditioning. When injuries occur, we have the specialized care your student athlete needs to maximize their healing potential and get back to the competition they love.

Strengthening student-athletes:
mind, body and spirit


Our sports medicine team knows that student-athletes’ bodies are still developing. They need a care plan tailored to their specific circumstances, not a one-size-fits-all approach. We bring together board-certified sports medicine physicians, nurses, athletic trainers, nutritionists and physical therapists who all have a passion for helping student athletes reach their peak performance.

We also understand that your student-athlete is more than just a position on a team. They are integrating the demands of their sport alongside their academic, family and social commitments. Sometimes, the pressure is intense, especially when an injury means unexpected time on the sidelines.

Our social work and mental health professionals care for your child as a whole person and help them stay positive and focused during their rehabilitation and recovery.

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 performance services can help your athlete become stronger. From sports medicine-focused primary care to nutrition to injury prevention, we will work with your child in meeting their personal goals.

Injury Management

When a sports-related injury sidelines your athlete, Children’s Mercy has the pediatric-trained specialists to get them back to the game they love as soon as safely possible.

The Adaptive Sports Medicine program at Children’s Mercy provides comprehensive evaluation and guidance for children and teens with all types of disabilities who want to participate in sports. The program combines elements of Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine to ensure equitable access to sports medicine and musculoskeletal care for participants with impairments.

Stories

Throwing and Overuse Injuries

Dr. Brian Harvey from the Children's Mercy Sports Medicine Center discusses common throwing and overhead overuse injuries.

ACL Injury and Recovery: Michael's Story

When Michael Shultz experienced a season-ending knee injury while wrestling, he turned to the experts at the Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine. After surgery to repair his ACL and extensive rehab, he’s back in action for his senior year, suiting up as No. 30 and playing middle linebacker and tight end for the Sabres.

Meet Michael

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.

Premier sports training facilities


As the official health care partner for Sporting KC Academy and the Pinnacle National Development Center, Children’s Mercy offers state-of-the-art facilities where student-athletes can work out using the latest equipment and techniques.  

Sports Medicine Center at Village West

Our Village West location in Kansas City, Kansas offers many amenities, including our human performance and motion analysis lab and an anti-gravity treadmill. Often, Sporting KC and US Soccer players are training in this same location as well.

Sports Medicine Center at Blue Valley

Our Blue Valley sports medicine gym in Johnson County offers comprehensive rehabilitation options for any sports injury, including a basketball court with regulation sized goal and textured track lanes.

Strengthening the sports community

Children’s Mercy is the official health care and sports medicine provider for Sporting Kansas City and the Pinnacle National Development Center. The partnership works to improve youth health, access to pediatric sports medicine and provide soccer-specific curriculum for the Sporting Club Network.

Kansas City area high schools, clubs and organizations have selected to partner with Children’s Mercy to provide sports medicine and athletic training services throughout the metro area. You’ll see athletic trainers from Children’s Mercy on the field every sports season.

See our partnerships
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Telemedicine, Sports Medicine

Chief, Section of Sports Medicine; Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine

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