The University of Kansas Health System

Getting You Back in the Game

Sports injuries are not created equal

Age, gender and specific sports all play a role in the care you receive at the Sports Medicine and Performance Center. Adult athletes don’t have the same growth and development issues as children. Women and men don’t always suffer the same types of injuries. And a football player typically has different injuries than a soccer player or long-distance runner.

Getting You Back Into Play 

No one wants to get hurt, but injuries are part of the game. It doesn’t matter whether you strain a muscle, tear a ligament or damage a bone or joint. We’ll manage your injury with coordinated care that involves all sports medicine specialists. This includes doctors, surgeons if necessary, physical therapists and certified athletic trainers. We tailor care to your needs and create a successful return-to-play plan that includes:

  • On-field injury assessment
  • Follow-up doctor visits
  • Surgery, if necessary
  • Rehabilitation schedule
  • Sport-specific athletic training

The Best Treatment Options for You

Some injuries require surgery and some don’t. Your injury will determine whether we perform surgery, a minimally invasive procedure or recommend medication or other therapies. Our nationally recognized orthopedic surgeons are experts at providing sports injury care when necessary. Our orthopedics program was recently listed among the nation’s top 50 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Hospitals. We have experience caring for everyone from professional athletes to youth soccer players, gymnasts and cheerleaders.

We treat injuries including:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament tears
  • Meniscal tears
  • Patellar tendon rupture
  • Elbow ligament damage (Tommy John surgery)
  • Fractures of the ankle, leg, arm, wrist
  • Shoulder damage (rotator cuff tears)
  • Labral tears in the hip and shoulders

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