Sports Medicine

Our experienced team is made up of medical professionals who are athletes as well. We know what it’s like to give our all on the court, on the field, on the track and in the gym. And, ultimately, we’re cheering for you –– using all of our expertise to restore your competitive edge.

Dr. Gibbons, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Merkley as well as Dr. Colen, Dr. Lilly and Dr. Roberts are accepting new patients in Peoria and Pekin. They, along with the rest of our medical team, offer the following athletic services:

    • Daily and/or weekly team injury checks
    • Extensive treatment for sports-related injuries
    • Injury prevention training
    • Pre-season physicals
    • Pre- and post-injury rehabilitation
    • Practice, game and event coverage
    • Strengthening and conditioning programs

With top doctors, licensed physical therapists and certified athletic trainers, we help active individuals work through acute injuries and long-term health conditions. Our doors are open for anyone struggling with dislocations, fractures, strains, splints, tears and other injuries. With our treatments, we’ll help you run, jump, dribble, kick, swing, shoot and score.

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How Sports Medicine Gets You Off the Bench

Regain mobility through services that emphasize rehabilitation and conditioning before, during and after your sports season. Affiliated with high schools and clubs throughout the region and offering the area’s only certified Sportsmetrics™ training – a scientifically-proven injury prevention program for young athletes – Midwest Orthapaedic Center is the home for athletics treatment and sports medicine in Central Illinois and the surrounding area.

At Midwest Orthopaedic Center, we treat the following sports-related health issues:

    • Achilles tendon injuries
    • Cartilage tears
    • Concussions
    • Hamstring pulls or tears
    • Knee ligament tears –– including ACL/MCL injuries
    • Plantar fasciitis
    • Rotator cuff injuries
    • Shin splints
    • Shoulder dislocations and instability
    • Sprains and strains
    • Stress fractures
    • Tendonitis and bursitis
    • Tennis elbow/golf elbow

As part of your sports medicine treatment, your doctor may recommend physical therapy. With rehabilitation facilities based out of our Peoria and Pekin offices, our licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists and therapy assistants oversee your exercises, stretches and recovery. With top-of-the-line resources and equipment in our weight room, gymnasium and heated pool, we have the perks of a professional training center right in your backyard.

Our team of orthopaedic doctors, surgeons and physical therapists have high standards for their work, and they know what it takes to excel at all levels of athletics. From your first visit at Midwest Orthopaedic Center to your admittance to Midwest Orthopaedic Hospital to your physical therapy exercises in our gym, your doctor will work with you to get you back into playing shape.

To learn more about common orthopaedic conditions, treatments and procedures, including sports medicine, visit OrthoInfo, a database operated by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

The Institutions We Train

As the regional destination for orthopaedic support, here are the programs that we support as team physicians and athletic trainers:

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Central Illinois Elite Volleyball Club
Dunlap High School
Elmwood High School
Illinois Central College
Illini Bluffs High School
Limestone High School
Midland High School
Midwest Central High School
Morton High School
Pekin High School
Peoria Heights High School
Peoria Mustangs Hockey Club
Peoria Rivermen
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Tournament of Champions
Washington High School

Our Doctors

Picture of Michael J. Gibbons, M.D.
Michael J. Gibbons, M.D.
knee, shoulder, Robotic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Hip & Knee Reconstruction
Picture of Brent C. Johnson, M.D.
Brent C. Johnson, M.D.
knee, shoulder, Sports Medicine
Picture of Michael S. Merkley, M.D.
Michael S. Merkley, M.D.
knee, shoulder, Sports Medicine
Picture of Adam Colen, D.O.
Adam Colen, D.O.
Fracture Care, Pain Management, Sports Medicine, Midwest Ortho First Walk-In Clinic
Picture of Joshua Lilly, D.O.
Joshua Lilly, D.O.
Fracture Care, Sports Medicine, Midwest Ortho First Walk-In Clinic
Picture of Brad Roberts, D.O.
Brad Roberts, D.O.
Fracture Care, Sports Medicine, Midwest Ortho First Walk-In Clinic

Meet Our Patients

Raquel Frakes Midwest Orthopaedic Patient
Dr. Johnson was really good to me and was really helpful with my parents, telling us everything that we needed to know.

Raquel Frakes

An ACL reconstruction patient –– from Morton, IL.

I used the walk-in clinic and was helped immediately: x-ray, exam and injection were completed in less than an hour. Very excellent experience with Dr. Lilly and Theresa R. Would highly recommend them!!

An acute trauma patient

At Midwest Orthopaedic Center, I trust Dr. Gibbons completely with my care. He's the very best there is.

A patient of Dr. Gibbons

Dr. Brad Roberts is a provider you actually look forward to seeing. He takes time to know you as a patient, is sympathetic, approachable with questions, and overall seems a great person.

A Patient of Dr. Roberts

Dr. Brad Roberts listened to me attentively and provided the best possible care for both my left knee problem and my right hip problem. Thank you so very much.

A Knee and Hip Patient

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Call Us to Set Up an Appointment

Peoria (309) 691-1400

Pekin (309) 353-4159

Get Hours & Location Info

Midwest Ortho First Walk-In Clinic Hours: M-F 9am-6pm | Sat-Sun 9am-noon