Discover Optim Orthopedics: Club Savannah Volleyball
THOMAS ALEXANDER, MD &
CHRISTOPHER NICHOLSON, MD
Optim Orthopedics and Club Savannah have a common goal; and that is to keep our athletes healthy and in their best playing condition. Unfortunately, injuries can happen both on and off the court; so we want to make sure that our coaches, athletes, and parents are informed and working together to keep our players healthy and safe.
As an official Club Savannah Volleyball sponsor, Optim Orthopedics has dedicated two orthopedic physicians to serve as the Club’s team doctors. The role of the team doctor is to be available to the coaches to help assess the injury, advise the best course of action and treatment, and facilitate any orthopedic follow-up or imaging that may be needed. This direct access to orthopedic care engages everyone in the athlete’s recovery process. The physician, coaches, parents, and player are all working together to ensure the best recovery outcome.
CLUB SAV's MISSION
Club Savannah mission is to promote the sport of volleyball and the concept of a team. Club Savannah strives to develop well-rounded student athletes.
Developing young athletes and allowing them to mature into excellent volleyball players is the goal of our club. clubSAV is a true training club that stresses consistent teaching of technique and strategy across all teams and age groups. We train each athlete the same way from the age of 9 to 18. Each year in our program, athletes will advance their skills by learning more advanced techniques that build on what they have already learned.
CLUB SAV PHILOSOPHY
Our philosophy emphasizes the importance of helping players develop a positive, overall self-image through sports. Players will learn good fundamental skills, in addition to self-discipline, confidence and leadership. The philosophy of clubSAV is that if an athlete is giving their personal best, then they are successful, regardless of the outcome of the immediate competition. We will focus on helping athletes learn how to "compete" in all situations, which means giving them the tools to do their personal best to accomplish success. Success is much more than winning matches or championships; success is understanding that if you give your very best effort, good things will happen. Winning isn‘t everything.... trying your best to be successful is everything.
CHRISTOPHER NICHOLSON, MD
Christopher Nicholson, MD is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with additional fellowship training in Foot and Ankle. Dr. Nicholson specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and conditions of foot and ankle. Dr. Nicholson is a huge volleyball fan! You have probably seen him at the volleyball games cheering on his daughters.
Dr. Nicholson Clinic Locations: Pooler, Bluffton, Vidalia*, Savannah
THOMAS ALEXANDER, MD
Thomas Alexander, MD is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a fellowship in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Reconstruction. Dr. Alexander is not only one of the area’s leading shoulder specialist; his sports medicine specialty focuses on treatments for musculoskeletal injuries and conditions of the elbow and knee. Dr. Alexander is also the official team physician for Savannah State University, the Savannah Bananas, Savannah Country Day School, St. Vincent’s Academy, St. Andrew’s School, Claxton High School, and Pinewood Christian Academy.
Dr. Alexander Clinic Locations: Pooler, Bluffton, Claxton*, Reidsville*, Savannah
*division of Optim Healthcare
FOR INJURIES THAT HAPPEN OFF THE COURT...
Optim Orthopedics Walk-In Clinic and After-Hours Urgent Care
210 East DeRenne Ave.
Savannah, GA 31405
Monday – Friday 8AM - 5PM
After-Hours and Weekends Urgent Care
Monday – Friday 5PM - 9PM
Saturday 9AM – 1PM
Sunday 1PM – 5PM
We Are in Your Corner
SPORTS THERAPY - PHYSICAL THERAPY
Our sports physical therapy approach is tailored to match your needs as an athlete. Physical therapy programs required by a golfer will not apply to a football player or a swimmer or a ballet dancer. Thus, we understand that each sport has different physical requirements. While we use all the fundamental skills of physical therapy, we utilize a unique mode of sport-specific integrated training (strength and conditioning) and rehabilitation techniques in order to help our athletes return to optimal health quickly, efficiently, and safely.
GET OFF THE SIDELINES AND BACK IN THE GAME
Any involvement in sports comes with the risk of suffering an injury. Since sports tend to be physically and mentally demanding, athletes endure many types of physical pain, trauma, and stress. For athletes of all ages, the sports injury rehab specialists at Optim Orthopedics Therapy are ready to deliver the care, attention, and advice you need to recover fully.
All of our physical therapists are ready to provide the care and support you need to get back to your sport. No matter what level of intensity, we will diligently work with you to create a custom program that suits your condition, your sport, and your athletic goals.
We take pride in being the musculoskeletal experts. This means we are incredibly familiar with the biomechanics of every joint, muscle, and tendon of the body, and how to improve their performance so you can achieve athletic excellence - no matter what sport-specific strengthening requirements you need.
If you need more information on how to rehabilitate injured athletes, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We work closely with athletic trainers and sports team physicians in order to achieve an effective rehabilitation and preventative process.
CLUB SAVANNAH VOLLEYBALL TEAM PHYSICIANS
Thomas Alexander, MD
SPORTS MEDICINE (KNEE, HIP, SHOULDER AND ELBOW)
University of Tennessee: The Campbell Clinic (Memphis, TN)
Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas Fellowship in Shoulder Reconstruction and Sports Medicine
Board Certification American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Medical School Medical College of Georgia (Augusta, GA)
Christopher Nicholson, MD
FOOT AND ANKLE
Ohio State University (Columbus, OH)
OrthoCarolina (Charlotte, NC)