Why Choose Us for Teen Sports Physical Therapy?

Growing athletes' bones and muscles are still developing, so they need care from pediatric specialists. 

What is sports physical therapy?

Children's sports physical therapists understand the athletic demands of kids and teens who play competitive sports. And since growing athletes are subject to overuse issues due to sport specialization and year-round, single-sport participation, our team is trained to identify how an injury could limit an athlete's ability to perform. We work to address these issues so kids and teens can return to sports as quickly and safely as possible after an injury. Our sports physical therapist also specialize in identifying the proper mechanics of sport-specific movements, helping growing athletes pinpoint and fix incorrect mechanics. In addition, we help athletes learn ways to prevent injuries to keep them in the game and prepare them for full return to their age-appropriate level of activity and sports participation.

What makes teen sports physical therapy different from adults?

Teen athletes are experiencing mental and emotional development, as well as have very different nutritional, sleep and rest needs compared to adults. Most adults do not participate in competitive sports at such high volumes of frequency and intensity, so they do not sustain the same types of injuries that teens are likely to sustain. In addition, injuries are unique to teens when they occur in the areas of the growth plates--the areas in the bone that allow for growth.

A physical therapist who works with teens must take everything into consideration in order to establish a positive therapist-patient relationship, which has been proven to influence the outcomes of physical therapy. Teens also need more variety and challenge because they can get bored doing the same thing over and over. Because of this, sports physical therapy must be age-appropriate, innovative and stimulating enough to keep them engaged throughout the plan of care.

Your safety is our priority

Because the health and safety of our patients, visitors and staff is a priority, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is:

  • Screening all patients and visitors for illness including a temperature check. No sick visitors will be allowed in our facilities.
  • Allowing one caregiver with each patient. No other family or visitors are allowed.
  • Requiring everyone to wear a mask at all times during their visit.
  • Practicing social distancing by staying 6 feet away from other patients and visitors.
  • Enhancing cleaning measures.

We Have Specialists For Most Popular Sports

Our sports medicine team understands the sports your teen plays. We have pediatric experts that specialize in:

Our Unique Approach to Sports Physical Therapy

The sports physical therapists at Children's are licensed healthcare specialists whose goal is to help growing athletes decrease pain and restore or improve movement. Following an evaluation, our team develops a plan of care for each patient that includes techniques to manage and reduce pain, improve function for everyday activity and return young athletes to their sport.

The Children’s sports physical therapy team specializes in treating growing athletes because we only work with kids and teens. Our skilled team recognizes when they are ready to progress to the next level of treatment and know how to motivate them.

Many of our sports physical therapists have advanced certifications.

  • Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS.): These sports physical therapists have advanced certification through the American Physical Therapy Association and have demonstrated specialized knowledge, skill and experience in orthopedic care.
  • Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS): These sports physical therapists are certified in the development and implementation of strength and conditioning programs for specific sports.
  • Sports Certified Specialist (SCS): These sports physical therapists have advanced certification through the American Physical Therapy Association and are considered experts in athletic injury management, including acute care, treatment and rehabilitation, prevention and education.

We use special equipment and technology like Dartfish video motion analysis to find and correct sports techniques that may contribute to injuries or affect performance. All of our sports physical therapy clinics feature sport-specific resources like ballet barres, dance floors and mirrors, gymnastics mats, throwing nets, treadmills and more. We manage more than 52,000 patient visits each year, giving our therapists the experience needed to handle a wide array of athletes, from adolescent swimmers to high school football players.

Our physical therapists who specialize in sports treat athletes at several locations throughout metro Atlanta. If you think your child needs physical therapy for their sports injury, contact your pediatrician for a referral.

Call 404-785-KIDS (5437) for more information.

Meet our Physical Therapy team

  • Renata Armendariz, PT, DPT, OCS
  • Molly Baker, PT, DPT
  • Jeff Dunahoo, PTA
  • Eddie Fagan, PT, SCS
  • Anna Gleyzer, PT, DPT, SCS
  • Jeannie Graf, PT, DPT, ATC, OCS, SCS
  • Sarah Holland, PT, DPT
  • Eugene Hannah, PT
  • Allen Jarratt, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC
  • Pam Kirchner, PTA
  • Jodi Long, PT, DPT
  • Skippy Mattson, PT, ATC
  • Keith May, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS
  • Jennifer Meyer, PT, DPT
  • Taylor Middleton, PT, DPT
  • Ellie Miller, PT, DPT
  • Sarah Nameth, PT, DPT, CSCS
  • Richard Posey, PT, DPT
  • Rob Riesing, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS
  • Jessica Satterfield, PT, DPT, CMTPT
  • Allison Smith, PT, DPT, MTC, ATC
  • Ashton Stone, PT, DPT
  • Brian Taglieri, PT, DPT, MTC, CSCS

Sports Physical Therapy Management

  • Carrie Cunningham, PT, MPT, OCS, Clinical Manager, Sports Physical Therapy
  • Julie Johnson, PT, MPT, SCS, CSCS, Clinical Manager, Sports Physical Therapy and Sports Residency Program Director


All Sports Medicine physical therapy locations are departments of Children's at Scottish Rite hospital. 

Children's at Forsyth

410 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 300

Cumming, GA 30041-7407

Children's at Cherokee Sports Medicine

1554 Riverstone Parkway, Suite 160

Canton, GA 30114

Children's at Duluth

2270 Duluth Highway 120

Duluth, GA 30097-4010

Children's at Fayette

1265 Highway 54 West, Suite 200

Fayetteville, GA 30214-4526

Children's at Hamilton Mill

2108 Teron Trace, Suite 200

Dacula, GA 30019

Children's at Hudson Bridge–Sports Medicine

1496 Hudson Bridge Road

Stockbridge, GA 30281

Children's at Ivy Walk

1675 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 305

Smyrna, GA 30080

Children's at Meridian Mark

5445 Meridian Mark Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30342-4755

Children's at North Druid Hills

1605 Chantilly Drive NE

Atlanta, GA 30324-3269

Children's at Snellville

2220 Wisteria Drive, Suite 204

Snellville, GA 30078-2656

Children's at Town Center Outpatient Care Center

605 Big Shanty Road NW

Kennesaw, GA 30144-3646

Children's at Webb Bridge

3155 North Point Parkway, Building A

Alpharetta, GA 30005-5481