Pediatric Sports Medicine
At Children's Orthopaedics of Atlanta, we are committed to pediatric sports medicine. Our quality and comprehensive sports medicine program, COA Sports, is solely centered around the treatment of young athletes throughout Georgia. With six sports medicine trained physicians and three sports medicine trained orthopedic surgeons, COA Sports boasts the largest team of sports medicine doctors exclusively dedicated to children and teens in Atlanta.
Having a sports doctor that exclusively focuses on treating young athletes is essential to a successful treatment. Children's bones and muscles are different than those of adults. When these bones or muscles are injured, they require specific treatment that allows for continued growth and development.
Sports Medicine Physicians
The COA sports team is anchored by some of the best recognized leaders in pediatric sports medicine. Dr. Michael Busch serves as the surgical director of the CHOA Sports Medicine program, while Dr. David Marshall serves as the medical director of the CHOA sports medicine program. Dr Cliff Willimon and Dr Melissa Christino are nationally recognized for their research in pediatric sports injuries. Our other sports physicians - Dr's Alsobrook, Buchanan, Crownover, Kroll, and Merritt, are well respected in their communities as the "go-to" doctors for youth sports injuries. Our doctors are present throughout the greater Atlanta community. Click here to learn of the schools and programs for which our doctors provide medical coverage.
What We Treat
COA SPORTS is capable of treating any and every sports injury - from ankle sprains, to ACL tears, to concussions. Common sports related injuries we see include:
Head, Neck & Spine
- ACL Tears
- Discoid Meniscus
- Hip impingement
- Jumper's Knee (Patellar tendinitis)
- MCL Sprain
- Meniscus tear
- Patella Dislocation
- Patellofemoral Stress Syndrome (Runner's Knee)
- Prepatellar Bursitis
- Sinding-Larsen-Johansson Syndrome
- Shin splints
- Symptomatic Plica
- Achilles Tendon Bursitis
Our goal is to have your child or teen back participating in their sport as quickly and safely possible. We conduct thorough physical examinations, review diagnostic imaging, coordinate physical therapy and provide surgical care when necessary.
Visit Children's Ortho of Atlanta
Children's Orthopaedics of Atlanta has 11 offices located around metro Atlanta to serve athletes conveniently near their home and schools. COA's goal is to provide quick access to their sports medicine physicians in a convenient location to athletes and their families. COA works closely with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) to provide coordinated sports medicine services. CHOA has pediatric trained specialists in the areas of physical therapy and diagnostic imaging such as MRI.
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