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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. 

This six-week conditioning program focuses on agility, landing mechanics and strengthening of the lower extremity. The program is operated by athletic trainers and sports physical therapists and overseen by a Children’s Mercy sports medicine physician.

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 healthcare 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 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.

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.

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 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.


Torn ACL: Maxxwell's story

A spot on the varsity football team is a dream for most freshman, but for Maxxwell Ford, it was a reality … until he tore his ACL. That’s when he turned to Children’s Mercy for help. Surgery reconstructed his torn ACL, and physical therapy at the state-of-the-art Children’s Mercy Village West Sports Medicine Center helped him get back in the game.

Meet Maxxwell

Broken tibial eminence: Sophie’s story

A member of Rock Chalk Dance, the high-energy dance team at the University of Kansas, Sophie Lawrence loves being able to express herself through dance. But a snow skiing accident Jan. 1, 2020, led to surgery and months of physical therapy. Now, thanks to her commitment and Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine at Village West, she’s fully recovered and back on the team.

Meet Sophie
Sophie Lawrence cheering at a KU game with pom-poms in her hands

Torn left ACL: Saneea’s story

A talented 16-year-old point guard for the Blue Springs South Jaguars, Saneea Bevley tore her left ACL playing in an AAU game in April 2019. After surgery and months of rehabilitation with the Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine Center, she finished her high school season strong, determined to play better than ever.

Meet Saneea
Saneea Bevley twirling a basketball on one of her fingers

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; Pediatric and 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