Sports Medicine

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The Sports Medicine Division of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine, made up of Drs. Matthew Matava, Rick Wright, Robert Brophy, Mark Halstead, Matthew Smith, Ljiljana Bogunovic, Kelly Estes and Jeffrey Nepple, brings world-class care to patients of all ages. Our doctors specialize in the treatment of a wide variety of injuries to the shoulder, elbow, knee, hip, foot and ankle, in addition to athletic concussions.

Patient Care

Most importantly, our doctors are dedicated to providing the highest level of care and service to you and your family. As a specialty, sports medicine treats injuries in all patients, not just elite athletes. Whether you need surgery, therapy or just reassurance that you can get back to the gym or playing field, our sports medicine specialists are here for you.

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Washington University Orthopedics is the official medical provider for the St. Louis Blues, Washington University Varsity athletics, and a number of local colleges and high schools. We also provide care for various athletic events such as the GO! St. Louis Marathon, as well as local and national soccer events.

Leadership 

Our doctors hold several leadership positions in the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Orthopedic Association and American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition, our sports medicine physicians serve or have served in editorial positions of various orthopedic sports medicine journals and have been selected as Traveling Fellows to learn from leaders at other institutions in the United States and around the world. They hold leadership positions in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Make an appointment today by calling 314-514-3500, or request an appointment online.

Commonly Treated Conditions

Click on the links below to read more about common injuries and treatments related to each body part.

Our Team

The sports medicine specialists at Washington University Orthopedics are focused on delivering the highest-quality advanced clinical care for both high-performance professional athletes as well as adults and children with sports or recreation-related injuries.

Advanced Procedures

  • Acromioclavicular (AC) joint reconstruction
  • Autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI)
  • Articular cartilage restoration
  • Biceps tenodesis
  • Cartilage transplantation
  • Distal femoral osteotomy
  • Exertional compartment syndrome testing
  • Femoroacetabular impingement of the hip
  • High tibial osteotomy (HTO)
  • Hip arthroscopy
  • ImPACT concussion testing
  • Labral repair of the hip
  • Meniscal transplantation
  • Multi-ligamentous reconstruction of the knee
  • Osteochondral autograft transfer (OATS) procedure / Mosaicplasty
  • Patellar stabilization
  • Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Revision anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction
  • Revision posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) reconstruction
  • Revision rotator cuff repair
  • Revision shoulder stabilization
  • Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction of the elbow ("Tommy John" procedure)

Treatment Approach

Sports medicine specialists employ a multidisciplinary approach to treating sports injuries and offer non-surgical and surgical treatment as well as minimally invasive procedures to treat a wide range of sports-related medical conditions. Our physicians work closely with physical therapists, athletic trainers, physiatrists and rehabilitation medicine specialists, as well as primary care sports medicine providers, human performance experts and sports nutritionists to coordinate care and optimize an athlete’s recovery.

Our sports medicine service has a conservative approach to treating the majority of sports-related injuries, with treatment options tailored to each individual patient's needs and their goals to return to an active lifestyle. In fact, only one out of 10 patients require surgery for their condition.  

If surgery is recommended for an injury, we have experience in  performing some of the most common surgical procedures including knee and shoulder arthroscopies, meniscectomies, ACL reconstructions, acromioplasties, rotator cuff repairs, shoulder stabilizations, and meniscal repairs. More complex procedures include complex cartilage restoration, meniscal transplantation, ligament reconstruction of the elbow, cultured chondrocyte  transplantations, osteochondral plug transplantations, and complex and revision ligament reconstructions.

Arthroscopy of all major joints, including the knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle when appropriate, can aid in an athlete’s rapid recovery and return to mobility. Our rehabilitation program is tailored to the athlete’s injury and sport, and includes motion and strengthening exercises. 

Research & Clinical Trials

For information on current clinical trials related to orthopedics, or to make an appointment with a specialist with Washington University Orthopedics, please call (314) 514-3500 or toll free (866) 867-3627.

Meet Our Team

Matthew Matava, MD

Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor of Physical Therapy
Chief, Sports Medicine

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Ljiljana Bogunovic, MD

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Robert Brophy, MD

Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Kelly Estes, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Mark Halstead, MD

Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Director, Sports Concussion Program
Medical Director, Young Athlete Center

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Jeffrey Nepple, MD

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Director, Young Athlete Center

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Matthew Smith, MD

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Devin Willis, MD

Devin Willis, MD

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Rick Wright, MD

Jerome J. Gilden Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Executive Vice Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Patient Stories

Hirsch Twins

Hirsch Twins - ACL Reconstruction of the Knee

They may play different sports, but the Hirsch twins are, indeed, mirrors of each other. Active in basketball, softball and soccer for much of their childhood, Jennifer and Alayna Hirsch have undergone knee surgeries to treat ligament tears. Now, after some well-spent time helping each other recover and prepare for active sports seasons, both are in their senior year at Millikin University in Decatur, IL.

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