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Aaron Gray, MD
Inside Columbia Favorite Doctor 2015

Aaron Gray, MD Family and Sports Medicine


Dr. Aaron Gray practices general sports and family medicine at both the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute and University Physicians at Green Meadows. He is a physician for University of Missouri athletes and team doctor for Mizzou Baseball. He has served as a team physician for United States Youth National Soccer teams on international trips. He is board certified in family medicine and has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in primary care and in sports medicine. He specializes in pediatric and adult sports medicine and non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. His specific areas of interest include stress fractures, overuse injuries, pitching and throwing injuries and concussions. A graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center-College of Medicine, Dr. Gray completed his residency at the University of Missouri. He also completed a primary care sports medicine fellowship at the University of California-Los Angeles. While at UCLA, he was the team physician for men's soccer, baseball, men's volleyball, women's golf and assistant team physician for football.

The Missouri Orthopaedic Institute is coming together with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, National Athletic Trainers' Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association and Safe Kids USA to promote the STOP Sports Injuries campaign.

The STOP Sports Injuries campaign educates athletes, parents, athletic trainers, coaches and healthcare providers about the rapid increase in youth sports injuries, the necessary steps to help reverse the trend and the need to keep young athletes healthy. The STOP Sports Injuries campaign highlights include teaching proper prevention techniques, discussing the need for open communication between everyone involved in young athletes' lives, and encouraging those affected to sign The Pledge to be an advocate for sports safety. The campaign website and pledge are available at

Patient Services

Schedule a Pediatric or Adult Sports Medicine appointment with Dr. Gray by calling (573) 882-BONE or 882-2663.

What is a Sports Medicine Specialist?

A physician with significant specialized training in both the treatment and prevention of illness and injury. The Sports Medicine Specialist helps patients maximize function and minimize disability and time away from sports, work, or school.

He or she is a physician who:

  • Is board certified in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, or Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation.
  • Has obtained one to two years of additional training in Sports Medicine through one of the accredited Fellowship (subspecialty) Programs in Sports Medicine.
  • Has passed a national Sports Medicine certification examination allowing them to hold a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.
  • Further adds to their expertise through participation in continuing medical education activities and recertification via re-examination every ten years. This rigorous process was instituted to distinguish certified Sports Medicine Specialists from other physicians without specialized training.
  • Is a leader of the Sports Medicine team, which also may include specialty physicians and surgeons, athletic trainers, physical therapists, coaches, other personnel, and the athlete.

Sports Medicine Specialists have received additional training in the non-musculoskeletal aspects of sports medicine. Common examples of these include:

  • Concussion (mild traumatic brain injury) and other head injuries
  • Athletes with chronic or acute illness (such as infectious mononucleosis, asthma or diabetes)
  • Nutrition, supplements, ergogenic aids, and performance issues
  • Exercise prescription for patients who want to increase their fitness
  • Injury prevention
  • ìReturn to playî decisions in the sick or injured athlete
  • Recommendations on safe strength training and conditioning exercises
  • Healthy lifestyle promotion


More Than Fun and Games

Dr. Aaron Gray has seen the line of high school girls limp through his clinic with torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACLs) in their knees.

Betrayed by a mixture of anatomy, hormones and body mechanics, female athletes in soccer and basketball — or any “cutting” sport that requires sudden changes in direction — are four to six times more likely to injure their ACLs than boys in similar sports. A full tear means reconstructive surgery and six to nine months of rehabilitation — at a cost as high as $25,000. And, says Gray, half of them show signs of early arthritis 15 years later.

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More youth injury prevention needed as sports seasons begin  03.11.2015
COLUMBIA - Spring weather is finally making its way to Mid-Missouri, and that means sports seasons are starting up. Unfortunately, it means sports-related injuries in young athletes will be starting up as well.

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Injured? Fear Is Your Biggest Enemy.  02.24.2014
Fear, researchers are finding, plays an enormous role in an athlete’s recovery. In fact, it can determine whether or not an athlete ever makes a full recovery—and that fact is often overlooked, says Dr. Aaron Gray, a physician for athletes at the University of Missouri. Some athletes, he says, “almost have post-traumatic stress back to” the moment they got injured.

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Football Helmets Overlooked Piece of the Concussion Puzzle  10.06.2013
The problem with helmets is their design. Dr. Aaron Gray, a sports physician at the University of Missouri and football team physician, said football helmets have evolved from their leather cap days to the hard helmets we see now for a reason, but there is a new problem the equipment helps create.

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Columbia's Startup Weekend draws entrepreneurs with stories to tell  09.13.2013
"Our idea is Smart Visit," he said. "This is something where the patient, before they see the doctor, they fill out this form and answer specific questions about their problem. We have computers in most of our rooms. When people are talking I’m trying to type out what they’re saying.

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Doctors Warn of Concussions In Young Athletes  09.19.2012
Dr. Gray sees patients that suffer concussions from all over central Missouri. Together Dr. Gray and Children's Hospital Prevention and Outreach Coordinator Michele Imes are helping to spread awareness about concussions..

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Dr. Gray provides patient care at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute -- the newest, largest, and most comprehensive freestanding orthopaedic center in central Missouri. The institute enables Dr. Gray to provide his orthopaedic patients with a wide range of inpatient and outpatient proceedures in a single location. On-site services include radiology, anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, orthotics, prosthetics, and an outpatient pharmacy.

Missouri Orthopaedic Institute Clinic
1100 Virginia Avenue, Columbia, MO
Phone: (573) 884-7701
Fax: (573) 555-1213

Green Meadows Family Medicine Clinic
3217 S. Providence Road, Columbia, MO
Phone: (573) 884-8700

Pediatric Orthopaedic Clinic
204 N. Keene St., Suite 102, Columbia, MO
Phone: (573) 884-7874

Twitter: @MizzouSportsDoc