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Sports Physical Therapy

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Physical therapy patient doing lateral stretch with basketball in her hands

Our sports physical therapy program offers exceptional care and compassion for your student-athlete. The team at Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine Center understands the needs of athletes and adjusts their treatment plan to fit the sport they play.

Our commitment to you

  • Your student-athlete will receive one-on-one care with a licensed sports physical therapist in a facility designed for athletes.
  • Your athlete will receive care from expert sports physical therapists, who specialize in treating athletes from middle school through their college career, regardless of their sport.
  • With knowledge in referrals to our sports-certified nutritionists, sports mental therapist or other sports medicine surgeons and physicians, our sports physical therapy team can assist your student-athlete through therapy and beyond.
  • Our sports physical therapists use goals instead of timelines to safely return the athlete the sport they love.
  • Our sports physical therapists are located at three convenient locations: Children's Mercy Adele Hall Campus, Children's Mercy Blue Valley and Children's Mercy Village West.


Water therapy offers many benefits for student-athletes who are recovering from an injury, including increased flexibility, better range of motion, and less pressure on your joints as you heal. Located at Village West and Adele Hall Campus.

Completed by a trained physical therapist to treat myofascial pain. A small solid microfilament needle will be used to insert into the muscle or trigger point to alleviate pain. It can also reduce muscle tension and improve range of motion for a variety of diagnosis. Located at Village West, Blue Valley and Adele Hall Campus.

ACL Return to Sport Testing

Provide return to sport testing following ACL reconstruction utilizing the most current objective measures to justify safe return. Located at Village West, Blue Valley and Adele Hall Campus.

Alter-G Treadmill

Utilizes negative pressures to allow for walking/running to gradually return to athlete to sport and improve cardiovascular condition. Located at Village West.

Blood Flow Restriction (BFR)

A tool to promote strengthening in the arms or legs without increasing load. Located at Village West and Blue Valley.

Isokinetic Testing

Provide isokinetic testing for the knee or various body parts for objective testing to justify safe return. Located at Village West and Blue Valley.

Vestibular Therapy

A physical therapy intervention to promote healing after a concussion. Located at Village West, Blue Valley and Adele Hall Campus.


Torn ACL: Nahomi's Story

A cut, a turn, a cleat digging into the turf and a twist in the wrong direction. That’s all it took for Nahomi Sanchez to tear her left ACL. But with expert guidance from Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine, she’s been able to rehabilitate her knee without surgery just in time for the spring soccer season.

Meet Nahomi
Torn ACL patient, Nahomi, in gym

Broken Kneecap and Tibia: Antonio’s Story

A broken kneecap and tibia literally disabled Antonio Briscoe, making every movement a struggle. But thanks to Antonio’s determination and months and months of therapy with Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine, he’s back on the basketball court.

Meet Antonio
Antonio smiling (broken kneecap and tibia patient)

Bulging Disc Injury and Recovery: Logan's Story

Logan Buffo, a three-sport athlete at Lansing High School, worked out with some serious weight as a member of his powerlifting team until multiple bulging discs slowed him down and led to chronic pain. Under the guidance of Shannon Margherio, PT, OCS, Logan began his physical therapy at the Sports Medicine Center at Children’s Mercy where he learned proper form in the weight room and how to avoid injury in the future.

Meet Logan
Bulging disc injury patient, Logan, in weight room

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

Schedule an appointment 

A request for consultation from a licensed healthcare provider is required for all new physical therapy evaluations. After we receive the request to treat your student-athlete, a representative will call you to pre-register for the first appointment.

We aim to see you within four days of the referral. We also make appointment scheduling as flexible as possible to accommodate busy lives. 

Children's Mercy Adele Hall
(816) 234-3880

Children's Mercy Blue Valley
(913) 717-4750

Children's Mercy Village West 
(913) 264-3000