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Students' heavy backpacks filled with back pain dangers - Dr. David Marshall
Dr. David Marshall, the medical director for sports medicine at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, has seen kids who carry 40 lb. to 50 lb. backpacks. One of the most common issues he says he sees is children changing their healthy posture just trying to keep the loaded backpack from pulling them backwards."
Back in the Game – Dr. Tim Schrader
Brittany Watson is not one for sitting the bench. When severe hip pain threatened to sideline the 15-year-old’s fastpitch softball career, she turned to a pediatric and adolescent hip specialist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to help her get back in the game.
In early 2008, Brittany began experiencing pain in her right hip. Like many athletes, she tried to play through, but it got progressively worse.
How to Swaddle Safely – Dr. Tim Shcrader
Murphy Sisters – Dr. Tim Schrader
Kristina Murphy didn’t realize that developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) runs in the family.
When she was less than a year old, Kristina was diagnosed with DDH and had to be immobilized for three months so her joints could be aligned.
Ryan Stuart – Dr. Tim Schrader
It is an athlete’s worst nightmare: the inability to play at peak performance. For Ryan Stuart, an athletic and intelligent teenager from Thomasville, Ga., this frustration was taken to a new level. Terrible pain, a loss of flexibility and a grinding feeling in the hips kept him from playing to his potential. It was an ordeal that would last four years and see the young man visit more doctors than he would care to remember.
Searching for a specialist – Dr. Tim Schrader
Christina and Chris Ewing knew early on that something was wrong with their daughter, Abby. Smaller than other children her age, Abby began to have trouble crawling and trying to walk around ages 18 to 20 months. By the time her daughter was 3 years old, Christina, who lives in Evans, Ga., had to remove her from ballet and gymnastics because she could not keep up with other children.
Meet Mei – Dr. Michael Schmitz
A Day in the Life of the OR at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta – Dr. Michael Schmitz
In his three short years, Mei Deavers has adapted to more than most adults have.
Born with limb deficiency in both arms and legs, Mei spent the first two years of his life in a special-needs orphanage in China. That was where Tracey Deavers first met Mei while on a trip with a group of college students in 2010.
Meet Breanna – Dr. Michael Schmitz
When Missy Maclin and her daughter Breanna met with Michael Schmitz, M.D., in November 2011, it was the little things that impressed them about the Chief of Orthopaedics at Children’s.
“He never looked at his watch when he talked with us,” Missy said. “He never rushed us. He took his time. It was all about Breanna, which I think is the way it should be.”
Meet Lauren – Dr. Michael Schmitz
During an appointment to get her sore feet checked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Lauren Gassel, who was only 6-years old, also received a scoliosis screening, just in case.
The screening led to an X-ray. The X-ray led to the discovery of a 23-degree, S-shaped curve in Lauren’s spine.
15 Spine Surgeons Using Robotic Technology – Dr. Dennis Devito
Henry E. Aryan, MD (Sierra Pacific Orthopedics, Fresno, Calif.). Dr. Aryan is a board certified neurosurgeon with a special interest in complex spine surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery and artificial disc replacement. He performs robotic-guided spine surgery, which is also among his research interests. Additional research interests include lumbar and cervical arthroplasty as well as minimally invasive percutaneous instrumented fusion. He is a member of the North American Spine Society and a founding member of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. He is also a founding member of the International Neurosurgery Children's Association, a charitable organization to provide pediatric neurosurgical care. Dr. Aryan earned his medical degree at the University of California, Irvine, and completed his residency in neurosurgery at the University of California, San Diego. His additional training includes a fellowship in complex spine surgery and neurospinal oncology at the University of California, San Francisco.
On April 23, 2013, Dr. Marshall, Dr. Primos and Dr. Kroll joined Governor Nathan Deal as he signed the Return to Play Act of 2013 into law. The law includes developing return to play policies for young athletes who get a concussion and educating parents on the risks of concussions. To read the law in its entirety, you can go to the following link: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20132014/HB/284
What does this mean for me?
Public and Private Schools
All public and private schools are required to create a concussion policy that, at a minimum, includes these standards:
- Prior to the beginning of each athletic season, an information sheet which informs parents or legal guardians of the risk of concussions must be provided.
- If a youth athlete participating in a youth athletic activity exhibits symptoms of a concussion, they must be removed from play.
- Before a youth athlete can return to play, they must be cleared by a healthcare provider.
Public Recreational Leagues
All public recreational leagues are required to:
- Provide an information sheet to all youth athletes' parents or legal guardians informing them of the risks of concussions.
Dr. Steve Kroll gives CNN World Sport his medical opinion on the late former NFL linebacker's, Junior Seau, debilitating brain disease.
Column: Should parents just say no to football? – Dr. David Marshall
Break out the face paint. Study up for those fantasy league drafts. Make sure the big-screen television and comfy recliner are in the perfect working order.
Concussion Nurse Toolkit – Dr. David Marshall
Evan Nolte – Dr. David Marshall
Evan Nolte loves basketball. The rising junior attends Milton High School and is one of the top 50 high school basketball players in the U.S. He’s already receiving athletic scholarship offers from top universities throughout the country.
How to Deal With Concussions in Contact Sports – Dr. David Marshall
John Sommers – Dr. David Marshall
Eighteen-year-old John Sommers loves sports. The Norcross resident is a member of both the football and lacrosse teams at Marist High School. He’d hoped to play both sports in college as well. However, in October 2009, something happened to change the high school junior’s plans—he suffered a concussion during football practice after receiving an especially hard hit.
Meet Landon – Dr. Michael Busch
Chamblee Charter High School senior starting quarterback Landon Loiaza was only one game into the season when he suffered a devastating injury.
Meet Leighton - Dr. Michael Busch & Dr. David Marshall
Almost as soon as she could stand, Leighton Jordan was up on her toes. Her dream was to be a successful ballet dancer one day.
Meet Natalie – Dr. David Marshall
Natalie Swords wouldn’t let pain slow her down. The Cherokee High School track and cross-country runner turned to an orthopaedist to find a solution. Diagnosed with iliotibial (IT) band syndrome and patella tendonitis, which both cause knee pain, Natalie’s orthopaedist prescribed a brace to stabilize her knee while running. The pain persisted, leaving 17-year-old Natalie and her mother, Dana Swords, looking for a permanent solution.
Rebel Insider: Alumni Profile – Dr. Bill Primos
Dr. Bill Primos (BA 80, MD 85) has always enjoyed two things: children and sports. It only seems natural that he would go on to complete a residency in pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and later a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine/Adolescent Medicine at University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinic.
Teen girls suffer more knee injuries than boys – Dr. Cliff Willimon
It's an alarming trend happening every day on playing fields and basketball courts across Georgia: a young girl jumps, or pivots, and collapses in excruciating pain.
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's Comeback Athlete - Audrey Lockstedt
Audrey earned her Comeback Athlete title by recovering from two major brain injuries and returning to cheerleading each time.
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