Gymnastics has been Carson Nolan’s top priority since she was in first grade. But knee surgery recently put a halt to her practices and competitions.
“What I love most about the sport is floor exercise,” said 17-year-old Carson. “It gives me the freedom to express myself through unique choreography and dance elements, and the joy of performing my routine is a feeling I’ll never forget.”
The sport, however, does come with aches and pains, as well as the need for injury prevention education. Since Carson was about 8 years old, she's been in the care of David L. Marshall, MD, a Pediatric Sports Medicine Primary Care Physician and Medical Director of the Sports Medicine Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
“He knows the sport well and the kids love him,” said Carson’s mom, Betsy Nolan, whose older daughter Berkley was also treated by Dr. Marshall when she was a young gymnast. “With all the dangerous things they are doing in gymnastics, we know he’ll tell them the right thing to do if they were ever injured or thought they were injured.”