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Sports Medicine

Athletic Mission

The Athletic Mission of ECS is to impact the student athlete, family, and community through Christ-centered, biblically directed athletic program which bears the mark of integrity, pursues competitive excellence, and inspires leadership and spiritual growth.


OrthoSouth and ECS created a Sports Medicine Partnership in 2003. This partnership allows athletes to optimize their sports performance through injury prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation.

OrthoSouth is a team of 17 physicians that provide surgical and non-surgical orthopaedic care. Each of our fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeons focus on their specialty area of sports medicine, spine, hand & upper extremity, foot & ankle, shoulder, hip & knee, total joint replacement, or bone and soft tissue tumors of the extremities in children and adults.

6286 Briarcrest Avenue
Memphis, TN
(901) 259-1600


ORTHOSOUTH'S ORTHOSTAT-Urgent Orthopaedic Care Clinic
M - TH; 8 AM - 8 PM
Friday; 8 AM - 5 PM

(901) 261-STAT (7828)

Team Doctor: David Deneka, MD


Dr. Deneka is fellowship trained in Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery from the American Sports Medicine Institute, where he trained for one year under the world renowned sports medicine surgeon, James Andrews, MD. Dr. Andrews is the leading expert in the field of sports medicine and is the consultant and surgeon for many high profile professional and collegiate athletes.

As the ECS team doctor, Dr. Deneka has enjoyed taking care of ECS student athletes and their families for last 15 years. Prior to his time at ECS, Dr. Deneka was the Team Doctor for Middle Tennessee State University for seven years. He believes that orthopaedic care should be tailored to each patient ranging from conservative treatment to arthroscopic tissue sparing techniques. Extensive physical therapy is also an important part of returning patients back to their sport or activity.

On a personal note, Dr. Deneka spends all of his spare time with his wife and three boys.

Practice: OrthoSouth 6286 Briarcrest Ave, Memphis TN 38120 (901) 259-1600
Fellowship: Sports Medicine, American Sports Medicine Institute, Birmingham, AL
Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
Undergraduate: University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS

Certified Athletic Trainer: David Dabbs, LAT, ATC, CES


David Dabbs, ATC is a certified athletic trainer who will be on hand at ECS for practices and games. David has enjoyed spending the last 16 years with ECS students, athletes, and families. Prior to working with ECS, David spent two years taking care of student athletes from the Memphis City High Schools.

David graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin and has clinical experience with almost every sport. He work stogether with Dr. Deneka, other ORTHOSOUTH physicians, and physical therapists to ensure that ECS students, athletes, and families receive the highest quality orthopaedic care.

When David is not at ECS, you can find him with his wife and two daughters.