Construction of a $15 million musculoskeletal and sports medicine clinic is planned at the Atlanta Falcons complex in Flowery Branch.
The 29,000-square-foot Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center at Flowery Branch is set to open to the public and players in the fall of 2020.
Also being built on the same site is the Emory Sports Performance and Research Center, which will “explore the science of injury prevention and recovery, particularly in high school and younger athletes,” according to a press release from Emory and the Falcons.
“It will be a wonderful asset for Flowery Branch, Hall County and the Falcons, as well as the world of sports,” Flowery Branch Mayor Mike Miller said Wednesday, Sept. 25. “The research facility will work on concussion protocols, and ACL injuries and prevention of those, even at the youth and high school level.”
A new parking lot serving the public visiting the clinic will be built at the complex at 4400 Falcon Parkway. That 120-space lot will be off the complex’s entrance across from the Hog Mountain Sports Complex. The complex’s other entrance at the intersection with Hog Mountain Road will be for players and staff only.
Officials, including Miller, gathered at the complex Monday, Sept. 23, for a groundbreaking ceremony.
“This facility will be a catalyst not only to help propel sports medicine, but for world-class orthopaedics treatment for the citizens of Hall County,” said Rich McKay, the Falcons’ president and CEO, Atlanta Falcons, in the press release.
“We are excited that our sports medicine experts, who are team doctors for the Falcons, will care for both NFL players and the general public with musculoskeletal ailments in this new facility,” said Dr. Jonathan S. Lewin, CEO and chairman of the board of Emory Healthcare.
And Dr. Scott D. Boden, professor and chair at the Emory University School of Medicine, said, “Patients will be able to go where the players go to receive orthopaedic care.”
“We know that 50 percent of anterior-cruciate ligament or ACL injuries could be prevented if poor movement patterns or imbalance in an athlete are detected in advance of that injury,” Boden said. “By studying how younger student athletes move, our focus is to conduct research in this new center that will help us detect high-risk injuries and how to prevent those injuries before they occur.”
Emory and the Falcons will join to offer community programs for high school athletes, parents, coaches and others to learn about prevention tips and warning signs.