Staff spotlight: Vincent Key, MD, orthopedic surgeon 5/9

By Sports Medicine and Performance Center Staff
Posted: May 25, 2017 - 10:32 AM

You’ll see him court side at Sprint Center sporting events. And if one of the Royals players is injured, he may be in the news. When it comes to sports medicine in Kansas City, Vincent Key, MD, has the courts and playing fields covered.

An orthopedic surgeon at The University of Kansas Hospital, Dr. Key is the go-to expert for knee and shoulder conditions. Kansas City’s professional teams rely on him for his overall medical expertise and whenever these joint issues come into play. And while his patient roster includes star athletes, he cares for everyday competitors, too. Dr. Key’s clinical practice focuses on minimally invasive procedures to repair damaged joints.

The medical needs of an athlete in season versus a weekend warrior are the same, according to Dr. Key. Tissue is tissue and bone is bone, he notes. But the timetables for returning each to their respective sport may vary. Physicians and staff at the Center for Sports Medicine have the training to manage and care for athletes of all ages, including adults.

Dr. Key, who is board certified in orthopedic surgery, completed fellowship training in sports medicine. He and the Sports Medicine and Performance Center team care for all sports injuries. Sports medicine specialists work in tandem to shorten the time between diagnosis, treatment and return to action. They involve parents, athletic trainers and coaches in the process.

"Aside from my duties as medical director and head team physician of the Kansas City Royals, I have a passion for treating young athletes," Dr. Key said. "With four athletic children of my own, I know the importance of treating the individual patient, not just the injury. Board-certified in orthopedic surgery, I specialize in arthroscopic procedures and the treatment of shoulder, elbow and knee injuries for professional athletes, young athletes and weekend warriors alike. The injuries for all levels of athletes are similar, and often so are their treatment courses.”

Dr. Key’s advice to young athletes: Spend more time preparing for competition. With patience and proper training , you will stay in the game longer.

“The biggest thing I would tell a young athlete is your career is a marathon , not a sprint,” Dr. Key said. “You have to prepare your body for the activity instead of just jumping right in and doing the activity. Preparation is the key.”

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