Largest Locally Owned & Operated Physical Therapy Company in St. Louis

Pediatric & Youth Sport Injuries

Physical Therapy & Sports-Specific Training

In recent years, more young athletes have been participating in athletic activities, often in a specialized manner, improving their skills with a focus in one single sport. With earlier athletic introduction, more sport specialization, and higher levels of competition, there has also been a considerable increase in sports-related injuries for young athletes. At Advanced Training and Rehab, we ensure your young athlete receives the highest quality physical therapy care, as well as guidance on preventing future injuries. Our team works hand-in-hand with your child’s doctor and trainers, helping safely re-integrate him or her back into typical practices and playtime.

Once physical therapy treatment is complete, we also offer Sports-Specific Fitness Training to help your child improve strength and conditioning while practicing proper technique.

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Common Youth Sports Injuries

On average, children will continue growing until about the age of 18, leaving them susceptible to acute injuries such as strains, sprains, and broken bones, as well as a variety of overuse injuries. The consequences of a young athlete overdoing it in their sport can impair growth and cause potential long-term health problems. Some of the most common youth sports injuries and conditions include:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Knee pain
  • Osgood-Schlatter
  • ACL tears
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures, sprains, or tendonitis of the hand or wrist
  • Concussions

When these injuries occur, it’s important to understand the healing process and options for treatment to return to play safely. Our clinicians offer professional physical therapy services to help patients recover from a wide range of injuries that may occur when participating in sports and other physical activities.

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Preventing Youth Sports Injuries

Thankfully, many pediatric sports injuries are preventable by taking the proper precautions, such as ensuring good physical condition, using proper equipment, practicing safe form, warming up, and avoiding activity if extremely tired or already in pain. For those injuries that still occur despite best practices, Advanced Training and Rehab is here to help.

Sports Rehab Training

Sports-Specific Fitness Training

At Advanced Training and Rehab, we don’t just want to help your child heal after a sports injury – we want to help them return even stronger. We offer customized sports-specific fitness training programs after completing physical therapy rehab. Each program is unique and focuses on returning your young athlete to their specific sport at a higher level with sport-specific strength and conditioning, whether they play soccer, football, dance, and more. For our young baseball pitchers, we also offer pitching analysis to ensure proper mechanics and form, helping preventing future injury.

If your child is recovering from a sports-related injury, discuss sports-specific fitness training with their therapist to determine if it’s right for your child.

Sports Rehab Training
Sports Rehab Training


"John C. is the best PT guy in America. I have sent about 50 people there and their reviews are the same. I would not consider any other option. They had me back dramatically quicker than I was supposed to be. I wish I was as good at my job as they are theirs."

Frank Cusumano
Sportscaster, KSDK-TV; Sports Talk Radio


“The positive attitude at Advanced Training and Rehab helped me stay on track and perform at a higher level. I would recommend them to anyone.”

Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Olympic Gold Medalist - Decathlon/Long Jump


“I have been to physical therapy following my first knee surgery. The care I received with Advanced Training and Rehab was second to none and has helped me return to my play on the PGA circuit.”

Jay Williamson
PGA Professional Golfer


“My experience with Advanced Training and Rehab enabled me to prolong my professional hockey career following a serious ankle injury.”

Jim Campbell
Tampa Bay Lightning


“I was in the MLB for a longtime and have had my share of injuries over the years. If you are looking for a top notch sports related rehabilitation, Advanced Training and Rehab is your answer.”

Bruce Sutter
Major League Baseball, Pitcher - Hall of Fame, 2006

Bruce Weber

“As a coach, I took a great deal of pride in having a positive relationship with my players and staff. From the first time I walked into the Advanced Training and Rehab Kirkwood location, I felt a special positive energy from all the staff members. Doing physical therapy or a work out is never easy, especially when you are recovering from surgery or an injury. A smile, a friendly conversation and positive support make a difficult task seem a much easier to accomplish! After 3 months of physical therapy I highly recommend the TEAM at Advanced Training and Rehab Center. The staff is knowledgeable and cares about each of their clients.”

Bruce Weber
Former Head Men's Basketball Coach SIU, Illinois, Kansas State, USA Basketball

Chris Kerber

"ATR is not just a place you go to rehab an injury or recover from surgery. It’s a group of dedicated physical therapists who cares for each patient with personal, knowledgeable and experienced care. When physical rehab is required for me or my family, I request ATR because I trust them explicitly. They have cared for me for over 20 years – shoulder surgery, back surgery, and other weekend warrior injuries. They have cared for my wife and three active and athletic daughters. Brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews use them because of that level of trust and care. You have a choice in your post injury care. Tell your doctor you want to go to Advanced Training and Rehab for your care like I do!"

Chris Kerber
Blues Radio Play-by-Play Broadcaster