UAB Sports Medicine

UAB Sports Medicine is a department of Children's Hospital and an affiliate of the UAB Division of Orthopaedic Surgery.

With access to both Children's Health System and UAB Health System physicians and research, UAB Sports Medicine offers comprehensive evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries to individuals of all ages.

UAB Sports Medicine is staffed with Orthopedic Surgeons, Sports Medicine Specialists, X-ray Technicians, Physical Therapists, Certified Athletic Trainers and Pedorthist all located in one facility. Most services can be offered in one location with an efficiency and personal touch not found at larger clinics. UAB Sports Medicine takes pride in a patient centered approach to medicine.

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Our Mission

Our mission at UAB Sports Medicine is to provide the highest quality sports medicine care to individuals in the Birmingham area. Our team of physicians, care coordinators, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and radiologists treat each client with personal, professional, and effective care. We restore our clients to their desired levels of performance. We provide our community with programs that are strategic in preventing and managing injuries, as well as promoting healthy, active lifestyles. We challenge our employees to always work as a team and develop innovative solutions for our workplace. UAB Sports Medicine exists to provide the path to recovery and excellence.


Locations

Main Campus Location
Suite 402 of the Lowder Building
1600 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233

Children's South Location
1940 Elmer J. Bissell Rd.
Birmingham, AL 35243

Office Hours
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

For an appointment call
Main: 205-934-1041
Fax: 205-975-6109

With access to both Children's Health System and UAB Health System physicians and research, UAB Sports Medicine offers comprehensive evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries to individuals of all ages. Our staff is available to answer routine questions about sports related injuries. Should you have any questions regarding musculoskeletal injuries, rehabilitation, or any aspect of Sports Medicine, please contact us.


Clinics /Programs

Our clinic offers an array of services that include on-site X-ray, referral facilitation, patient consultation, pedorthic care, physical therapy, athletic training through outreach programs and community education, outpatient orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine care.


History

UAB Sports Medicine formerly known as the Sports Medicine Institute of Alabama first opened its doors in August of 1974, making it the premier Sports Medicine Clinic in Birmingham; providing the highest quality sports medicine care to all active individuals in and around the greater Birmingham area. The clinic was established by Dr. Kurt Niemann a local physician in the UAB Medical Center, with the help of Drew Ferguson a certified Athletic Trainer for the UAB Blazers. At that time, Dr. Niemann was the director of Orthopedic Surgery at the UAB Medical Center, a professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, and a team physician for the UAB Blazers and Mountain Brook Schools. Drew was the Head Athletic Trainer for Coach Gene Bartow until 1982, when he left to serve as the Director of Administration and Athletic Training for the clinic.

Initially, the clinic was located in Wallace Gymnasium in an old physiology laboratory on the university's campus. Due to limited resources and staff, the clinic was only open in the evenings making it hard to see all patients during regular business hours. Therefore, hours sometimes extended to the early mornings and weekends. The clinic later moved to Cooper Green hospital in 1976, which gave the clinic access to X-Ray equipment and more space.

Until a full time orthopedist could be identified, the clinic would recruit doctors from surrounding hospitals to help see patients, administer physicals, and serve as team physicians for local athletic programs; with Dr. William Garth, Jr. being one of the many doctors. Dr. Garth joined the UAB Sports Medicine team in 1981, later taking over the practice in 1985.

In 1982 the clinic moved to Children's Hospital to enable access to both the Children's Health System and the UAB Health System, to better accommodate its patients and their families.

Presently, the clinic is located in the Ambulatory Care Center of Children's Hospital on the fourth floor; where it continues to provide the best quality, efficient and comprehensive care to all its patients.


Friday Night Football Clinic

The clinic, a service of UAB Sports medicine at children’s of Alabama, offers all the services of a normal doctor’s examination without waiting hours in an ER or even until Monday morning!
• Orthopedic Surgeon
• Athletic Trainers
• X-ray Capabilities
• Casting
• Bracing
• Medicine
• Access to UAB Medicine and Children’s of Alabama network of clinics and hospitals
No Appointment Necessary
Just call 638.2000 to let us know your athlete is on the way.

Please Note: Friday Night Football Clinic is only open on Friday nights during football season from 8 pm to 11 pm.