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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.

COVID-19: How does my child return to sports safely?

Specialists from the Sports Medicine Center at Children's Mercy provide detailed information and recommendations for a safe return to sport and physical activity after COVID-19. 

Read the white paper from Children's Mercy

As restrictions start to lift in local communities, athletes, coaches and parents are excited for opportunities to return to exercise and sport. Children's Mercy Sports Medicine team recommends a pre-season training plan to help student-athletes stay safe and healthy.

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. 

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.

Our athletic trainers are certified, licensed health care professionals whose primary concern is the well-being of student-athletes. They are on the sidelines at local high school and club team sporting events to manage emergency situations, evaluate injuries, and provide guidance on next steps after an injury.

Concussions can happen during almost any sport. Children’s Mercy’s board-certified sports medicine physicians will perform a thorough evaluation and create a plan to help your student-athlete recover and get back to playing the sport they love.

The Female Athlete Clinic provides a risk assessment and treatment plan for young women who are experiencing symptoms of the female athlete triad or relative energy deficiency in sport. Common symptoms include recurrent fractures, menstrual irregularity and low energy that results in difficulty completing practice or competition.

The Human Performance Lab at Children’s Mercy utilizes 3D motion-capture technology to analyze the body. This state-of-the-art technology allows our health care providers to make more informed and precise treatment recommendations for adolescents and children who need specialized care.

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.

Children’s Mercy sports medicine surgeons specialize in expert care and treatment for student-athletes of all ages. When you visit with your surgeon and their team, your student-athlete is the center of the conversation. The surgical team will work together with you to design a plan for surgery that fits with your family’s needs and expectations.

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.

Sports physical therapy helps student-athletes recover from sports-related injuries. Our expert physical therapists are trained to meet your child’s needs from middle school through their college career.


Exertional compartment syndrome: Saige’s story

As a highly competitive soccer player, Saige Wimes worked hard to recover from surgery for exertional compartment syndrome (ECS) and return to the field, all with the help of Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine.

Meet Saige

Broken leg and shattered kneecap: Martez’s story

A life-threatening accident upended 13-year-old Martez Hall’s life and a promising football career, breaking his right femur, and shattering his left kneecap. After surgery at Children’s Mercy Kansas City, he’s spent months and months in therapy with the goal to get back to the game he loves—football.

Meet Martez
An adolescent boy smiles in a sports medicine center.

Broken tibia: Baylee’s story

Baylee Kern is a competitive softball player who has battled her way back from three separate injuries. Each injury has been more severe than the next. But thanks to her hard work, determination and support from Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine Center, she’s ready to get back on the field and play ball!

Meet Baylee

Torn ACL: Jameel’s story

A talented football player, Jameel Burns seemed destined to play football in college, then an injury to his ACL during a track meet sidelined him. Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine Center not only helped the starter play football his senior year, his doctor reconstructed his knee, and his therapist helped him rehabilitate it. Now he’s ready to put his knee to the test at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Meet Jameel

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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.

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Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

Chief, Section of Sports Medicine; Pediatric & Adolescent Orthopaedic Surgery; Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine; Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Kansas School of Medicine