Keeping your athlete in the game

Athletic partnershipsThanks to a unique partnership, a 17-year-old quarterback at De Soto High School can receive the same course of treatment for his shoulder injury that’s recommended for NFL players. What’s more, he’ll be treated by the same physician team that keeps Kansas City Chiefs players in the game: The University of Kansas Hospital’s Center for Sports Medicine.

The Center for Sports Medicine partners with the Unified School District #232, which includes De Soto and Mill Valley high schools, to keep high school athletes healthy on and off the field. This may include providing treatment for a volleyball player who sprained her ankle during lunch period or showing a wide receiver strengthening and stretching exercises after practice.

Latest treatment options for injuries

On the sidelines at practices and games, a sports medicine athletic trainer is ready to help. When an athlete is injured, the athletic trainers can set up an appointment with a physician specialist at one of four Center for Sports Medicine locations within 48 hours – sometimes even the next day. A multidisciplinary team offers the latest research and treatment options in concussion care, orthopedics, physical therapy and other specialty care, based on each athlete’s needs.

These same sports medicine specialists treat the pros. The University of Kansas Hospital is the official healthcare provider of not only the Kansas City Chiefs, but the Kansas City Royals and Kansas Speedway. The hospital is also a founding partner of Sprint Center and preferred healthcare provider for the Big 12 Tournament, which is held at the arena.

Playing safe

Research and education are key components of the hospital’s partnership with the school district. The sports medicine team studies the latest trends in sports care, reviews player injury logs and recommends changes. And they stress to their athletes the importance of playing safe.

“Our athletic trainers are educated in concussion care, sports injury prevention and rehabilitation that can be used before and after competition to reduce the risk of injury,” said Randall Goldstein, DO, sports medicine specialist. “They serve a critical role in helping these young athletes stay healthy.”

ImPACT for concussion care

Among areas of expertise is concussion care. The expert concussion team uses an online assessment called ImPACT, along with a physical examination, to better diagnose and manage concussions. Baseline ImPACT assessments are recommended for all middle school and high school athletes. 

For student athletes, there’s something inspiring about seeing the same physician who treats their favorite professional athletes. For parents, there’s peace of mind knowing their young athletes receive the highest level of specialized care.

The hospital’s partnership with the Unified School District #232 is just one example of how the Center for Sports Medicine provides specialized care for all levels and all ages of athletes – from little league to the big leagues.

New clinic at Arrowhead

The Center for Sports Medicine opens its newest clinic in The University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex next to Arrowhead Stadium in September. Open to the public, the facility will offer a full range of sports medicine care in a professional setting. Learn more.