Many people in today’s society pursue a lifestyle that involves a variety of physical activity. No matter what sport or activity that wears down the soles of your shoes, we at Centerpoint Medical Center recognize you as an athlete.

Our Sports Medicine program brings together:

  • Orthopedic surgeons skilled in treating sports injuries
  • Sports medicine specialists trained in prevention and treatment
  • Nurses who are experienced in working with athletes
  • Physical therapists to help you regain and maintain strength and functioning after an injury
  • Athletic trainers who work with our physicians to provide care, intervention, rehabilitation and education
  • Certified strength and conditioning specialists, trained in safely improving athletic performance

Our professionals are committed to keeping athletes safe and at the top of their game. Our experts treat athletes of all sports, ages and skill levels. We’re dedicated to keeping you and the entire athletic community healthy and active.

Make an Appointment

Call (816) 751-3000 for a physician referral or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.

Prevention & Education

Our clinical team at Centerpoint walks their patients through the process of specialized assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation. Throughout the process, our team takes the extra step to educate the athletes, parents, coaches, and others on preventing injuries moving forward.

Athletic Training

The presence of athletic trainers are key during any athlete’s road to success. Whether it’s providing education or immediate care when injuries occur, our Sports Medicine and Wellness team at Centerpoint Medical Center caters to all types of athletes when the situation arises.

Our team of certified athletic trainers provide benefit by:

  • Preventing injuries through education and training
  • Giving urgent and emergency care when injuries arise
  • Providing proper treatment and rehabilitation
  • Upholding the well-being for the entire team

Through integrating with local colleges, school districts and community venues, our Sports Medicine and Wellness team has helped thousands of individuals to better understand how to care for their bodies before, during and after participating in athletics.

Healing & Recovery

Even with the best prevention and care, sometimes sports injuries happen — from simple sprains and repetitive injuries to torn ligaments and broken bones. When they do, we offer the latest treatment options, including innovative surgical techniques, bracing for weak joints, and specialized rehabilitation to help you regain and maintain function. We’ll create a treatment and recovery plan to get you back in the game, and help you find ways to prevent re-injury and future problems.

Some of the injuries we treat regularly include:

  • Foot and ankle fractures
  • Clavicle fracture
  • Arm fractures, including wrist, forearm and elbow
  • Fractures in the hand
  • Floating shoulder (condition caused when the collarbone and shoulder blade are broken, causing the shoulder to pull out of place)
  • Achilles’ tendinitis (inflammation of the band of tissue that connects calf muscles to the heel bone)
  • Calcific tendonitis of the shoulder (calcium deposits that cause inflammation)
  • Golfer’s elbow (condition that causes pain where forearm tendons attach to the bony bump on the inside of the elbow)
  • Jersey finger (tear in a flexor tendon near the end of a finger; prevents bending of the joint)
  • Jumper’s knee (inflammation or injury of the patellar tendon, the cord-like tissue that joins the kneecap to the shin bone)
  • Mallet finger or baseball finger (finger extensor tendon injury that prevents straightening of the joint)
  • Rotator cuff injury (injury or inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons in the shoulder
  • Pitcher’s shoulder (a form of rotator cuff injury)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (pressure on the nerve that controls the thumb and first three fingers)
  • Runner’s knee (overuse injury causing pain in the front of the knee)
  • Tennis elbow (pain on the outside of the upper arm near the elbow)
  • Little League elbow (inflammation of the growth plate inside the elbow)
  • Trigger finger (causes a finger to snap or lock when straightening or bending)
  • Adhesive capsulitis (“frozen shoulder,” stiffness and pain in the shoulder)
  • ACL injury (overstretching or tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament in the middle of the knee)
  • Labral tear in the shoulder (tear in the rubbery tissue that helps keep the ball of the shoulder in place)
  • Forearm muscle strain (pulled muscle)
  • Hand injury or trauma

Concussion Prevention

In many sports, the chance of contact or collision can be very high. With your brain being one of your body’s most important components, it’s crucial to have the correct action plan when a concussion is in question. Our Sports Medicine and Wellness team provides baseline evaluation prior to participation, along with proper treatment and guidance after head injuries.

Symptoms & Signs

  • Changes in behavior or mental confusion
  • Experiencing dizziness or loss of balance
  • Memory loss
  • Headache
  • Ringing in the ears

Find urgent medical attention at the nearest ER if symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Blurry or double vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Dilated pupils
  • Sudden loss of consciousness

If experiencing symptoms that do not require immediate medical attention:

  • Use acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Place ice packs on head and neck for comfort if needed
  • Consume a light diet
  • Rest (no strenuous activity)
  • Get some sleep

There is NO NEED for:

  • Checking eyes with flashlight
  • Waking up every hour
  • Testing reflexes
  • Staying in bed
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Driving while symptoms are present
  • Cardio or lifting weights
  • Taking ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen, or other non-steroidal antiflammatory medications