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Young Athlete Center

The orthopedic and sports medicine team at the Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Young Athlete Center is dedicated to caring for pediatric and adolescent athletes with sports-related injuries, and is fully committed to return patients to their sport or activity as quickly and as safely as possible. The Young Athlete Center offers:

  • Same-day appointments
  • Comprehensive evaluations by Washington University orthopedic and sports medicine physicians
  • On-site radiology, imaging, casting and splinting services
  • Nonsurgical management of sports-related injuries
  • Minimally invasive, surgical treatment of sports-related injuries, with same-day discharge
  • Pediatric specialty care of fractures
  • Sports-related concussion assessments
  • Orthopedics, sports medicine, physical therapy, adolescent medicine, pain management, sports psychology, rheumatology, cardiology, nutrition and other specialties


Young Athlete Center Blog

Follow our Young Athlete Center blog for injury prevention tips, patient education materials, articles on common sports injuries and more.

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center directors

Jeffrey Nepple, MD
Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
Director, Young Athlete Center
Mark Halstead, MD Mark Halstead, MD
Associate Professor, Orthopedic Surgery and Pediatrics
Director, Sports Concussion Program
Medical Director, Young Athlete Center

Click here for a complete list of our Young Athlete Center physicians. 


The Young Athlete Center is conveniently located at the new St. Louis Children's Specialty Care Center in west St. Louis County, with additional services at St. Louis Children's Hospital in the Central West End. 

St. Louis Children's Specialty Care Center

St. Louis Children's Specialty Care Center
13001 North Outer Forty
Town and Country, MO 63017
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St. Louis Children's Hospital
One Children's Place, Suite 1B
St. Louis, MO 63110
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