The Sports Medicine Program at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta offers comprehensive medical and orthopedic services to student athletes. It is one of only a few multidisciplinary programs in the country dedicated to the well-being of growing athletes like 16-year-old Denzel King who underwent knee surgery last summer.
Denzel injured himself in June 2019 during a basketball scrimmage at Buford High School, where he is a sophomore. He landed badly during a jump. He didn’t immediately go to the on-campus Children’s athletic trainers, which he now regrets, because two days later he heard a pop in his knee when running on the court.
There are more than 40 certified athletic trainers and 30 sports physical therapists at Children’s covering more than 20 high schools like Buford High and 20-plus club sports organizations throughout metro Atlanta, assisting in the care of student athletes like Denzel.
The athletic trainer checked out Denzel’s knee and referred him to S. Clifton Willimon, MD, a Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon at Children’s.