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Center of Excellence for the Female Athlete

Dr. Stelma, Jaime Morley, Dr. Friedman, and Dr. Katsman

Female Athletes Differ from Male Athletes

That’s Why We Treat You Differently.

Girls’ participation in high school sports has grown from less than 300,000 in the early 1970s to almost 3.5 million during the 2018-19 school year. In fact, female adolescents now make up almost 43% of high school athletes, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. Due to their unique anatomic and psychological differences, female athletes are at an increased risk of sustaining ACL tears and overuse injuries compared to their male counterparts. The athletes are most susceptible during periods of rapid growth, and with proper or timely interventions, many injuries can frequently be prevented.

The Center of Excellence for the Female Athlete 

Our keen focus is on the specialized needs and injuries of female athletes, including their unique medical conditions AND psychological pressures, namely in the field of pediatric sports medicine. With three female pediatric orthopedic surgeons and a nationally-certified orthopedic physician assistant, we provide a safe space for female athletes to discuss their injuries with a team of pediatric orthopedic and pediatric sports medicine specialists.

Dr. Samara Friedman

Dr. Anna Katsman

Dr. Sarah Stelma

Jaime Morley, MS, PA-C

Our highly-credentialed physicians treat child and adolescent female athletes for the following injuries and orthopedic conditions:

• Knee injuries, including ACL tears, meniscus tears, and knee cap dislocations

• Shoulder and elbow injuries, including sprains, tears, dislocation, and instability

• Hip injuries, including hip dysplasia, sprains, strains, impingement, and labral tears

• Foot and ankle injuries, including ankle sprains

• Scoliosis and other spine deformities

• Fractures, ligament and muscle/tendon injuries

• Overuse and growth plate injuries, including osteochondritis dissecans

Dr. Samara Friedman, MD, talks about advancing the roles of women in the orthopedic space.

To book an appointment with The Pediatric Orthopedics Center, please contact us here or contact us at the bottom of the page!

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Childhood Hip Disorders

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Foot and Ankle

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Know Before Your First Visit

Verify the date and time of your appointment. You may be required to complete new patient paperwork or provide personal information prior to being seen by your doctor. Please arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to your appointment time.

Confirm the address and location of your appointment. The Pediatric Orthopedic Center has four convenient locations in New Jersey. Confirm with the front desk staff the office location for your visit.

Be aware of travel issues and delays. Be mindful of any driving conditions, road construction detours and parking requirements to ensure you arrive for your appointment on time.

Urgent Care for Acute Injuries (Cedar Knolls)

Walk-In Hours Update

*Urgent and Acute Injuries Only during Urgent Care/Walk-in Clinic hours. To find out if your child’s injury qualifies for a walk-in visit, click here. (Walk-in fees may apply.)


Regular Hours: 9am-5pm
Walk-in Hours* (Cedar Knolls): 5pm-8pm


Regular Hours: 9am-5pm
Walk-in Hours* (Cedar Knolls): 5pm-8pm


Regular Hours: 9am-5pm
Walk-in Hours* (Cedar Knolls): 5pm-8pm


Regular Hours: 9am-5pm
Walk-in Hours* (Cedar Knolls): 5pm-8pm


Regular Hours: 8am-5pm
NO walk-in hours.


Walk-in Hours* (Cedar Knolls): 10am-2pm

Sunday: Closed

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