Youth Sports Medicine
Youth athletes might be young, but they're still athletes. And a sports injury, no matter the age of the athlete, is still a sports injury. So why not come to the experts in sports medicine in Kansas City – the specialists at the Sports Medicine and Performance Center?
Because The University of Kansas Health System is an academic medical center, our experts are on the front lines of sports injury research, studying everything from concussions to ACL injuries.
From the simplest injury to the most complex medical care, we've got you covered. Among other services, we provide:
- Injury prevention, management and rehabilitation
- Concussion management
- Athletic training
- Sports nutrition
As with any team, members play different positions. Our team includes:
- Board-certified and fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians
- Athletic trainers
- Physical therapists
The University of Kansas Health System professionals take care of our city's athletes as the official healthcare provider for The Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals. So you and your family receive the same high-quality care as the pros.
A sports medicine resource to schools
Many area school districts benefit from an exclusive partnership with the Sports Medicine and Performance Center. We provide a full-time, certified athletic trainer for each school, handling conditioning, rehab and nutritional assistance, and providing coverage for practices and games. They also work closely with school nurses to address athletic injuries during the school day, as needed.
Professionals with The University of Kansas Health System are the sports medicine and athletic training provider for the:
- Blue Valley School District
- De Soto School District
- Lansing School District
- Shawnee Mission School District
Through these partnerships, students and parents receive:
- Direct access to sports medicine physicians, imaging and other medical care
- Concussion education and management
- Injury care and management
- Physical therapy
- Information on sports nutrition and other relevant topics
A unique surgery to repair a core muscle injury, followed by physical therapy and sports rehab, is allowing Zach Darche to play college football without serious abdominal pain.
Complications with an ACL tear caused Jessica Baker to miss game action for 15 months, but the health system’s comprehensive care and specialized ACL bridge program helped her return in time to earn an offer from a nearby college.
Maggie Richardson’s high school athletic career was halted due to a knee injury, but some blessings in disguise surprised her during recovery.
Physicians in Kansas City with the Sports Medicine and Performance Center treat concussions in athletes of all ages. They’re also at the forefront of the latest research in sports concussion management. For young athletes, we build an individualized care plan to manage the proper and safe return to the classroom and other activities.
In addition, a multidisciplinary team of physicians at The University of Kansas Health System Center for Concussion Management treats patients with all types of concussions, applying the latest advances in treatment to patients with the most complex cases.