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
  • State-of-the-art therapy space for sport-specific rehab 
  • Multi-specialty care: orthopedics, sports medicine, physical therapy in a new state-of-the-art sports therapy space, adolescent medicine, pain management, sports psychology, rheumatology, cardiology, nutrition and more
  • Sports Safety Series: Injury prevention classes provided for groups of 15 or more with free, interactive educational classes to improve the overall health of young athletes

The Young Athlete Center also serves as the official medical provider for Lou Fusz Athletic, and is committed to keeping athletes on the field and in the game. If an injury occurs, athletes have access to the best in orthopedic and sports medicine care, in addition to all the other services the Young Athlete Center provides. 

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

Center Directors

Jeffrey Nepple, MD, MS

Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Director, Young Athlete Center

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Mark Halstead, MD

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

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Conditions We Treat

General Sports Medicine Injuries

  • Fractures
  • Stress Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Sprains
  • Sports concussions
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Growth Plate (Physeal) Fractures

Upper Extremity


  • Little League Shoulder
  • Shoulder Dislocations/Instability
  • Multidirection Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Labral Tears
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis/Tears


  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Little League Elbow
  • Medial Epicondyle Fractures
  • Olecranon Stress Fractures
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) of Capitellum

Lower Extremity


  • Hip Labral Tears
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)
  • Acetabular Dysplasia
  • Hip Cartilage Defects
  • Increased Femoral Anteversion
  • Femoral Retroversion


  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tears
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) of the Knee
  • Patellar Dislocations/Instability
  • Anterior Knee Pain/Patellofemoral Chondromalacia
  • Discoid Meniscus
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease
  • Shin Splints
  • Articular Cartilage Injuries (ACI)
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injuries
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL)/Posterolateral Corner (PLC) Injuries
  • Jumper's Knee (Patellar Tendonitis)


  • Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome (CECS)
  • High Ankle Sprains
  • Low Ankle Sprains
  • Server's Disease (Calcaneal Apophysitis)
  • Frieberg's Disease
  • Achilles Tendonitis


  • Scoliosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

Common Surgeries

Upper Extremity


  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction

Lower Extremity


  • Acetabular Chondroplasty
  • Acetabular Rim Trimming
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Labral Repair
  • Periacetabular Osteotomy
  • Proximal Femoral Osteotomy
  • Surgical Hip Dislocation


  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction
  • Discoid Meniscus Saucerization
  • Growth Plate-Sparing ACL Reconstruction
  • Medial Patellofemoral Ligament (MPFL) Reconstruction
  • Meniscus Repair
  • Microfracture
  • OCD Drilling
  • OCD Fixation
  • Osteochondral Allografts
  • Osteochondral Autograft Transfer
  • Patellar Realignments
  • Proximal Femoral Osteoplasty


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
13001 North Outer Forty
Town and Country, MO 63017



St. Louis Children's Hospital
One Children's Place, Suite 1B
St. Louis, MO 63110 

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