Whether you are a pro athlete or a weekend warrior, Missouri Orthopaedic Institute offers innovative sports medicine services at our state-of-the-art facility. 

What We Do

Our multi-disciplinary team of experts is dedicated to the treatment and prevention of sports-related conditions. We provide an individualized approach using the best available evidence to get you and your favorite athletes back in the game.

Our fellowship-trained sports medicine providers specialize in the non-operative and operative treatment of pediatric, adolescent and adult athletic injuries — with a focus on knee, shoulder, elbow, hip and foot/ankle conditions. Our specialists also manage non-musculoskeletal sports-related conditions, including sports concussions, stress fractures and overuse injuries.

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Our philosophy

We deliver compassionate care using innovative technology to reduce pain and improve quality of life. Our philosophy of personalized care means that we consider the broad range of available treatment options for every patient. When possible, non-operative methods, including biological injections and rehabilitation are attempted. If surgery is recommended, our team uses the latest advances and minimally invasive techniques to restore function.

Patients benefit from the ease and convenience of comprehensive sports medicine services in one location. When necessary, our clinicians communicate and collaborate across the vast MU Health Care network to deliver outstanding care to our patients. On-site X-ray and MRI, bracing, physical therapy, sports nutrition, pharmacy, social work, billing, insurance, financial assistance and culinary services enhance the patient experience.

Education and Research

Our sports medicine team actively engages in research and in the training of the next generation of health care professionals.

The Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship provides exposure to practice in both an academic and private-practice setting. Fellows help care for the University of Missouri's athletes.

The Functional Assessment Screening Team (FAST) is a multi-disciplinary team that develops motion analysis tools to improve the health and well-being of patients, including athletes.

Affiliations and Sponsorships

The University of Missouri trusts the care of its athletes to our team. We also offer treatment of athletes through our affiliations and sponsorships with the following groups: the Show-Me State Games, the Columbia Rugby Club, the Missouri Contemporary Ballet, the TriZou Triathlon, the Columbia Bicycle Club, Safe Kids Worldwide and area high school and junior high schools.

Sports Medicine Injury Clinic

When you made your workout plan, you didn't anticipate getting injured. We know that sport and exercise injuries don't happen at convenient times which is why MU Health Care is offering an early morning walk-in clinic for the treatment of acute injuries* that occurred within the last week.

At our Sports Medicine Injury Clinic, you can see a provider and get answers in one location. Our clinic offers onsite services including X-rays, casting/splinting, bracing and therapy. If additional care, such as surgery, is necessary, you will be referred to one of our orthopaedic surgeons for further treatment.

The Sports Medicine Injury Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 7 to 8 a.m. with no appointment necessary. You will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis. We also offer special hours for middle and high school athletes on Saturday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m.

Sports Medicine Injury Clinic specialties and treatments

Bring any X-rays or information about your injury that you have from an athletic trainer or health care provider with you to the clinic. MU Health Care’s Sports Medicine Injury Clinic offers care for:

  • Broken bones
  • Concussions
  • Muscle strains
  • Ligament sprains or tears
  • Other sports injuries

Insurance will be billed for services. A self-pay option is available if you do not have insurance. Imaging, casting and bracing will be available at an extra cost.

Why choose the Sports Medicine Injury Clinic?

When you have an injury occur, it can be difficult to wait until you can get a scheduled appointment. Visiting the Sports Medicine Injury Clinic allows you to be seen by a medical provider sooner so you can start on a treatment plan earlier. Our team of providers specializes in sports medicine and can get you the care you need for your particular sports injury.

*The Sports Medicine Injury Clinic does not see workers' compensation injuries.

Sports Medicine Injury FAQs

Where is the clinic located?

The Sports Medicine Injury Clinic is located on the 2nd floor of the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute (1100 Virginia Ave., Columbia, MO). Please check in at the front desk of the 2nd floor main entrance.

Do I need to call ahead of my arrival?

You do not need to call ahead of your arrival at the Sports Medicine Injury Clinic. The clinic will be open weekdays from 7 to 8 a.m. and an appointment is not necessary. You will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Can I arrive before 7 a.m.?

The Missouri Orthopaedic Institute opens at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, but the Sports Medicine Injury Clinic will not open until 7 a.m. Check-in for the clinic isn’t available until 7 a.m.

What types of injuries does the clinic offer care for?

The Sports Medicine Injury Clinic offers care for broken bones, concussions, muscle strains, ligament sprains and tears, and other sports injuries that have occurred within the past seven days. If your injury is serious, life-threatening or traumatic, visit an MU Health Care Emergency Room or call 911 immediately.

What are the costs associated with the visit?

Insurance will be accepted for services provided through the Sports Medicine Injury Clinic. Copays are expected at the time of service. For those patients uninsured, self-pay options are available. Charges for imaging, casting or bracing may be incurred.

Do I need to bring insurance information?

Yes, patients should bring insurance information in the case that charges for additional services are incurred. Information on health insurance accepted by MU Health Care can be found here.

Will there be a wait time?

Wait time will be determined by the volume of patients visiting the clinic as well as severity of the sports injury.

Are patients seen in the order of arrival?

Patients will be seen in a first-come, first-serve basis.

What if I haven’t been seen within the 7-8 a.m. timeframe?

Patients who arrive by 8 a.m. will be seen by a provider that day. Any patient arriving after 8 a.m. will be scheduled for the next available appointment with a sports medicine provider.

If I am rescheduled for an appointment, will there be different fees associated with that appointment?

No, you will be charged for services provided through the Sports Medicine Injury Clinic. If you are referred to another specialist, additional fees may be incurred.

What is the special clinic for middle and high school athletes?

Available during high school football season, the Sports Medicine Injury Clinic holds special Saturday hours for middle and high school athletes with sports injuries. The walk-in clinic is open from 9 to 10 a.m. and staffed by an expert sports medicine physician. Athletes will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis.