July 27, 2020 • Media contact: Bob Shepard • 205-410-0915 or bshep@uab.edu

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.UAB Sports Medicine has become a club-level sponsor of Hoover-Vestavia Soccer, a partnership between Vestavia Hills Soccer Club and Hoover Soccer Club. 

“We’re thrilled to be able to work with this elite organization for youth soccer in our community,” said Amit Momaya, M.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and section chief for sports medicine. “This affiliation helps to open the door to the full range of services from UAB Medicine, including orthopaedics, sports medicine and more.”  

UAB Sports Medicine also serves as team physicians for Birmingham Legion FC, the city’s professional soccer franchise.

“We are excited to be able to translate our knowledge and experience gained from our involvement with top-level professional players to the young people who participate with Hoover-Vestavia Soccer,” Momaya said.  

Hoover-Vestavia Soccer is a new partnership between two of the largest youth soccer clubs in the state, Hoover Soccer Club and Vestavia Hills Soccer Club. HVS's Director of Coaching is Mike Getman, long-time UAB Men's Head Coach. The program boasts seventeen teams in its first season, consisting of under 12-under 19 boys and girls teams. The club will compete in the National Premier League. Training and games will take place in both Hoover and Vestavia Hills. 

UAB Sports Medicine includes orthopaedic surgeons Momaya and Michael Johnson, M.D., non-operative sports medicine physicians Sara Gould, M.D., and Kennieth McCollough Jr., M.D., and Irfan Asif, M.D., a sports medicine physician who is the chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

UAB Orthopaedics offers a sports medicine clinic at UAB Highlands Hospital for athletes at all levels and weekend warriors. The clinic is staffed by physicians and other medical professionals trained in sports medicine.

The clinic provides a broad range of care including non-surgical evaluation to surgical management of complex injuries. Facilitated by in-house physical therapists, certified athletic trainers and a certified pedorthist, athletes are treated in a comprehensive fashion, with the goal of allowing them to return safely and as soon as possible to activity. Further, in-clinic access to radiology and ultrasound broadens the capabilities for athlete care. With the backing of resources from both UAB and Children’s Hospital, the clinic provides state-of-the-art care, continually evolving through ongoing research. Appointments can be made at 205-930-8339. 

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