Author: The Orthopaedic Center (TOC)

Jack Caffall – Athlete Of The Week – November 2022

Congratulations to Jack Caffall from Sparkman High School.  He is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for November 2022!




Jack Caffall

Sparkman High School


3.9 GPA


-Captain & Most Valuable Player for AYSO United Club Team / Currently #1 / Most Valuable Defensive Player – Sparkman Soccer

-AP Classes and Dual Enrollment / HOSA Member / National Honor Society member / AB Honor Roll

-Youth Church Member / Youth Mission Trip Volunteer / Food Bank Volunteer / Performs yard-work for House of the Harvest

Kate Reeves – Athlete Of The Week – November 2022

Congratulations to Kate Reeves from Grissom High School.  He is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for November 2022!




Kate Reeves

Grissom High School


4.2 GPA


-5-Year Varsity Swim Team Member / 6-Year State Swim Qualifier / NCSA National & Junior National Qualifier

-“A” Honor Roll / National Honor Society / Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society / Top 10% of Graduating Class / HOSA Member

-Volunteer Swim Instructor / Teaches Swimming lessons to underprivileged children / Swim Coach

Eli Moore – Athlete Of The Week – November 2022

Congratulations to Eli Moore from Hartselle High School.  He is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for November 2022!




Eli Moore

Hartselle High School


4.2 GPA


– 4-Year Varsity Team Member / All-State Team of the Year – Honorable Mention / All-County Team of the Year

-National Merit Semi-Finalist / National Honors Society / National Technical Honor Society / College Board National Recognition

-Neighborhood Christian Center Volunteer / Student Tutor for Special Needs Children / Sleep In Heavenly Peace Volunteer

Anna Mulllins – Athlete Of The Week – November 2022

Congratulations to Anna Mullins from Huntsville High School.  She is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for November 2022!




Anna Mullins

Huntsville High School


4.0 GPA


-4-Year Cheer and Competition Cheer Squad Member / State Champion – All-Tumble Division / National Qualifier & Co-Captain

-National Science Honors Society / National History Honors Society (Rho Kappa) / AP Classes / AB Honor Roll

-More than 100+ Hours of Community Service / Sawyerville Day Camp Supporter / Junior Grace Service Club Member

Recover Like a Pro

Athletes can be sidelined for weeks or months due to common sports injuries such as ligament tears or sprains. It might give the impression that exceptional athletes recover from injuries more quickly than the everyday person. The Orthopaedic Center’s Sport Medicine specialists explain what everyday athletes can do to speed up their recovery after an injury or surgery.

The time it takes for elite athletes to recover from injuries is significantly less than the everyday athlete. Dr. John Greco works with all levels of athletes, from the professional athlete to the weekend warrior, and he understands what factors play in their favor.

“The elite athletes are extremely motivated. They are itching to get back to competing in their sport. It’s often their job, so you have to get back to it quickly,” Dr. Greco says. “Often they’re in better shape than the average person, so their muscles have already been pre-trained, which makes a recovery easier.”

While it may be unrealistic to expect the average athlete to recover as quickly, Dr. Cantrell says there are steps anyone can take to help with their recovery. “It is essential that the recovering athlete get proper rest and nutrition. When fatigued, the athlete’s ability to participate in their recovery can suffer. Regarding nutrition, we must give our bodies the proper elements it needs to heal and recover.”

Physical therapy is essential when it comes to getting patients back to their sports. According to Dr. Davis, “we perform the surgery to repair the ligaments and tissues, but physical therapy is just as important in getting patients back to sports as quickly and safely as possible. I tell my patients that their outcome depends on them taking responsibility for their own recovery and attending physical therapy two to three times a week, essentially managing the healing process.”

TOC is honored to have the most comprehensive team of sports medicine doctors in Alabama. Our team consists of seven fellowship-trained sports medicine providers and three providers with a special interest in sports medicine. More than 40 athletic trainers from 24 schools in the North Alabama area work together to provide top-notch care for TOC’s student-athletes.

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Jackson Prickett – Athlete Of The Week – October 2022

Congratulations to Jackson Prickett from Priceville High School.  He is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for October 2022!




Jackson Prickett

Priceville High School

Baseball / Football / Track & Field

4.4 GPA


-4-Year Varsity & All-Area BB Player / Alabama Baseball Coaches Association All Star / Starting Varsity QB / State Track Qualifier

-National Honor Society / AP & Dual-Enrollment Classes / Awarded “Academic Excellence in Civil Engineering and Architecture Award

-Student Council Representative / Community Clean-Up Project Volunteer / Mentoring and Tutoring Youth Baseball Teams

Repairing Your Meniscus

Whatever sport you play, your meniscus keeps you in the game.

What is your Meniscus?

A meniscus is a C-shaped of cartilage that is both strong and elastic. Each knee has two, one on the inner and one on the outer side of the knee. The meniscus provides cushioning and stability to the knee joint. A common type of meniscus damage is a torn meniscus. A meniscus tear can occur suddenly or over time. A traumatic meniscal injury can be from a twist of the knee or a sudden stop and are commonly seen in athletes. Wear and tear from a lifetime of use can also cause degenerative tears in adults.
Meniscus tears are a common injury, and TOC’s Sports Medicine specialists have years of expertise delivering the gold standard for an accurate diagnosis and treatment. Depending on the nature and extent of the damage, meniscus tear symptoms may vary. Pain, swelling, stiffness, instability, and a catching or locking sensation in the knee are all possible symptoms.

How is a torn meniscus repaired?

To improve patient outcomes, the TOC Sports Medicine team has developed excellent methods for healing and repairing the meniscus. They have the following:

• Innovative surgical techniques that result in faster recovery times.

• Mastering procedures for repairing or transplanting them.

Meniscus tears can be treated at TOC with procedures that are less invasive than in the past, which enables athletes to get back to the sports they enjoy playing faster. “Some treatments can be delivered through minimally invasive procedures and quicker recovery time than before” states Dr. Cantrell.

“Younger athletes have a greater improvement with meniscus repair compared to removal,” says Dr. Davis. Which may also be associated with a lower risk of developing arthritis.

Tears in the meniscus are a common injury among younger athletes, but the sports medicine team at TOC usually has considerable success treating them.

According to Stanton Davis M.D., “in the past, if you tore your meniscus, arthritis was inevitable. With surgery we have reduced this risk. Now, we can fix tears that couldn’t be fixed even five years ago. Techniques to repair or replace a torn meniscus have improved outcomes, returning athletes to play quicker, safer and with better long-term results.”
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is being used in certain meniscus procedures by the doctors at TOC Sports Medicine to speed up the recovery time.

John Greco, M.D. explains, “the use of PRP in surgery helps promote healing because there are new stresses placed on the root repair.”

What if the meniscus can’t be repaired?

If the meniscus is so badly damaged that it cannot be repaired, it may need to be removed.

Meniscus replacement, or meniscus allograft transplantation, is a minimally invasive surgery in which a healthy meniscus is surgically implanted in place of a damaged one. TOC’s Stanton Davis, M.D. has a high success rate with meniscus replacement.

Some people simply aren’t good candidates for meniscal transplants. A meniscal transplant might not help someone who already has knee arthritis. Still, meniscal transplants can be a game-changer for those who qualify.

Overall, there has been significant progress made in the treatment of meniscal injuries. “We’ve been able to help patients who were concerned that they wouldn’t be able to bend their knees in a certain way or have a full range of motion to return to their sports,” explains Michael Cantrell, M.D.

How long does it take to heal from a meniscal surgery?

The healing process following meniscus surgery can take from two to six months. Athletes who have had their injuries repaired at TOC benefit from the clinic’s individualized rehabilitation programs. “TOC Sports Medicine is dedicated to the complete care of sports-related injuries, offering a comprehensive program of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation. We’ll get you back in the game” says Dr. Greco.

TOC is pleased to provide its patients with Alabama’s largest group of sports medicine specialists. Seven of our providers have completed a fellowship in sports medicine, and an additional three providers have a keen interest in the field. In the North Alabama region, TOC works with more than 40 athletic trainers to provide treatment for athletes at 24 schools.

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McKinnlee Keel – Athlete Of The Week – October 2022

Congratulations to McKinnlee Keel from New Hope High School.  She is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for October 2022!




McKinnlee Keel

New Hope High School

Volleyball / Basketball / Softball

4.0 GPA


-4-Year Varsity VB Starter / 3-Year All-Area VB Player / 5-Year Varsity BXB Player / 3-Year Area BXB Champ / 4-Year Varsity SB

-“A” Honor Roll / National Honors Society Member / Dual Enrollment with AP Class load

-Church Volunteer / Church Youth Group Member / Community Service Volunteer