I don’t remember the exact date, but in and around the late summer or early fall of 2008, culminating from several years of trying to figure out what was causing rotator cuff problems in Andrew’s right shoulder after training for a few short months every spring, the Dr. determined he had a “loose shoulder” and did a capsule shift on Andrews right shoulder. It was a big decision at the time as we had to come to grips with missing a fall baseball season, his first high school basketball season and most likely a spring baseball season, let alone the worry and concern over your child. Will he ever be able to do what he loves again – play baseball? We certainly had some ups and downs as his body got used to his joint being manipulated as it was, but the love of the game and a real desire to play at the college level drove him to do what it took even though it was a struggle. The end result for baseball with Jefferson high School – All region in baseball in 2010, team captain 2012 along with much success playing summer baseball with an organization called “Team Elite” here in Georgia. Additionally, he started on his high school basketball team for 3 years as well, making it to the final 4 in 2010 and to the elite 8 in 2011 and sweet 16 in 2012. His crowing achievement on this whole adventure thus far is that he was fortunate to have been recruited by 6 colleges for baseball. One of them was the United States Naval Academy. His decision was to go to the Academy, to my surprise as this was never on our radar screen so to speak. It was an extremely rigorous application process to say the least. His ability to pitch a baseball, in my opinion, played a huge role in his being awarded with admission. Only 1200 of close to 25,000 applicants get in on a yearly basis. In the Navy lingo, he was identified as a blue chip athlete. They don’t get the cream of the crop, as an individual must have many assets to attend. To say the least we are very proud and honored that he has this opportunity. It would not have been possible if it wasn’t for that successful day in the hospital back in 2009, it all started there. I have attached a couple photo’s – he is # 26. Please share this with the Dr. along with a big thank you!
In closing, I have to tell you one more ironic thing to show what this kid has had to overcome. In the summer of 2012 prior to attending the academy, the 1200 chosen have to go through a 6 week training called “plebe summer” (Navy Freshman are called Plebe’s). It encompasses physical, mental as well as academic challenges. This includes Martial arts training. Well, to make another long story shorter, in late August after only a few weeks of fall practice Andrew’s elbow was bothering him. After an MRI they determined a tiny bone chip was getting in the way of a tendon and his joint from time to time which they attributed to the martial arts training because Andrew said he “kind of remembered” a specific day of training where he tweaked his elbow. So another minor arthroscopic surgery to remove it and he had to miss the fall season due to recovery, but was pretty much 100% healthy again late November. Thus, he has not found the mound yet this spring but he tells me he is throwing well and that he should see the field real soon and his study’s are going well too.
Thank you again Sports Medicine South!
What sport do you play and for how long have you been playing?
I have been playing football since I was in 1st grade.
Tell us about your sports career at Brookwood?
I played both football and baseball until I tore my Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in my sophomore year. This occurred during spring football practice and I went through surgery and rehabilitation during baseball season. This made me have to choose to concentrate on football only. I got back out on the football field towards the end of my sophomore year for the last couple games after 7 hard months of rehabilitation. Going into my junior year and first year on Varsity I went into spring practice and again had a huge injury and tore my shoulder up pretty bad. I dislocated my shoulder and tore my labral cartilage in my shoulder which required surgery. Through diligent rehabilitation I got back on the field and started at linebacker and defensive end along with all special teams my junior year. I worked out all offseason strengthening my muscles and coming together with my team. Senior year approached and I stayed healthy this time and was feeling great. I was moved to fullback and together with my team we earned the region title and then won the State Championship! It felt great to be healthy and contributing and to put Brookwood back on the football map in the state of Georgia. I had a great year and am very determined to keep my body healthy at the next level.
What happened, how did you get injured?
Both of my injuries to my knee and shoulder occurred during spring practice of my Sophomore and Junior year.
Where did you go for treatment?
I was treated by Dr. Gary Levengood at Sports Medicine South, who is our team doctor. He is always on the sidelines at all the games. I did physical therapy with Curt Bazemore at Sports Medicine South along with our Brookwood High school trainer Jay Pearson, ATC with Gwinnett Medical Center. Jay, who has been the athletic trainer at Brookwood for 10 years did a great job of making sure I stuck with all my training and coached me through my strengthening workouts. It was great that I could do most of my rehabilitation at school and not have to miss a bunch of class time.
How did you hear about your doctor?
Dr. Levengood is a legend, He has been Brookwood’s team doctor for 15 years and he is always available for us. He is always on the sideline for something like 185 consecutive games, or coming to see us in the training room. He and our trainer Jay make a great team.
What makes him different from other doctors you have seen?
He cares more about how you feel …He tells you the truth about your condition. I feel confident he’s the best and knew he would get me back on the field as quick and as safely as possible as he has done for so many professional and high school athletes.
What did he do for you?
He reconstructed my ACL and then the next year reconstructed my shoulder, two years back to back. Through all of it he was very reassuring and encouraged me to continue to work hard to achieve my goals.
Why was therapy so important to getting you back in the game?
If you don’t take therapy seriously you are not going to have a chance to perform at a high level and you can end up back in the same spot you were when you injured it.
How are you now? Are you recovered? What are your plans for the future?
I am fully recovered and am going to play college football on scholarship at Bethel University in Tennessee. I want to play football as long as I can and then carry over my hard work ethic into being a strength and conditioning coach/ nutritionist for a college weight lifting program. I’d like to thank Dr. Levengood, Jay Pearson, and Curt Bazemore and the team at Sports Medicine South for helping me return to football and achieve all my goals. Go Broncos!
Atlanta, Georgia – Braves enthusiasts, fans of the Falcons, and home to the Toxic Shock. “Toxic Shock,” should you be wondering, is not an exotic disease but an Atlanta-based women’s roller derby team, and although it may not yet have the mass fan base of the Braves and Falcons, women’s roller derby is reported to be one of the today’s fastest growing sports. With its beginnings dating all the way back to the mid-1930s, this female dominated sport requires tactical talent and elite athleticism.
Selina Cash, athlete and player for the Atlanta Toxic Shock Team, truly has a passion for the increasingly popular sport, making her professional roller derby debut in early 2011. Similar to any sport requiring a high level of athleticism, skill, and aggression, roller derby players, too, experience sports related injuries. In mid-July, after skating in a derby game, Selina Cash was diagnosed with a left knee patella subluxation and a slight PCL tear by the doctors at Sports Medicine South. A patella subluxation is a common injury among athletes and occurs when the patella, more commonly known as the knee cap, no longer slides central to its respective groove. As treatment, Dr. Levengood referred Cash to SMS’s in-house physical therapy department. Under the direction of Curt Bazemore, PT, ATC and his physical therapy team, Cash completed weekly rehab routines, with the objective to regain the prior level of her knee functionality. Throughout the week, Cash completed circuits of quad strengthening, speed and agility training, and sessions on the Alter-G treadmill in order to enhance her patella stabilization.
After a few weeks of treatment and practice time on the derby track, “Dirty Cash,” is ready to get back into action and with perfect timing for their upcoming playoff game!
John "Mike" East
My wife Carolyn and I have been traveling out west to snow ski for the past 22 years. We have enjoyed skiing in several locations including Canada, Colorado, Utah, and Montana. Despite many falls over the years, I fortunately had never been seriously injured until March 2012. At that time, I fractured my tibial plateau, at Big Sky, Montana, while skiing in deep powder and ended up jamming my left leg against a large rock. Though my knee hurt, I kept skiing, not realizing the severity of my injury.
My care from Dr. Levengood started that same Saturday night of my injury when I called him directly from Big Sky. I followed his instructions and proper protocols until I returned home a week later. Once home, my office visit at Sports Medicine South revealed that I had finally gotten my first broken bone in 68 years and the next day I went in for surgery to repair my injury.
From the time I initially called Dr. Levengood, through the surgery, appointments, and into rehabilitation, I received first class medical attention from the great staff at Sports Medicine South. Despite being a severe injury, my tibial plateau has never given me a problem since completeing my rehabilitation. The medical care I received was exceptional, but the thing I remember most is how well I was treated by each member of the staff. Thanks to you, Dr. Levengood and your team for getting me back on the slopes. We skied in Telluride, Colorado, this past year, and I did the best six days of skiing ever.