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Return to Sports – Y-Balance Test

Y Balance BlogAfter a significant injury, young athletes like Milik are often very concerned about when they get to go back to sports. As a 12 year old, Milik tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and wanted to go back to basketball. Pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Philip L. Wilson, M.D., reconstructed his ACL and now Milik is back on the courts.

We talked to his mom about his journey to return to sports. She remembers one of the most frustrating moments was when he didn’t pass “the test” the first time. The test she referenced is referring to is called the Y-Balance Test. It is one of several tests we use to determine when an athlete is ready to return to sports. The test evaluates the athlete’s use of his operative leg compared to the normal side to determine if it is able to sustain the stresses of sports.

Milik told us he wishes he had known more about the test before it was time to take it. In fact, other patients have told us that also, so we have created a video to show young athletes early in their recovery process.

Dr. Wilson says, “We want rehabilitation and returning to sports to be a positive experience for young athletes. Most importantly, we want playing sports to be a safe experience and that is why we use evidence based tests like the Y-Balance Test to help determine the right time for each athlete instead of looking at a calendar.”

For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.

Announcing the 2017 Accessible Luxury Chairs

Accessible Luxury 2017 is pleased to announce this year’s Chairs, Emily Ray-Porter, Zac Porter and Cullen Potts.

After falling in love with the concept of Royal Blue in Austin, co-owners Emily Ray-Porter, Zac Porter and Cullen Potts brought this fabulous grocery store to Dallas in the fall of 2015. The boutique grocer offers everyday essentials, gourmet goodies, Stumptown coffee bar and great wines. Its charming setting has quickly earned itself an irreplaceable spot in Park Cities culture.

DSC_6204_blogEmily Ray-Porter is a highly sought-after real estate professional with Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. For the past six years, Emily has been recognized through Dave Perry-Miller and D Magazine for her sales production and dedication to her clients. Emily is passionate about her work with Family Legacy and Naomi’s Village, two organizations dedicated to caring for orphan children in Africa.

Zac Porter is a founding partner of Viceroy Realty Advisors, which provides advisory services and development consulting for mixed-use and high-street properties. Zac is active in the Dallas community and is currently a part of the prestigious Leadership Dallas – Class of 2017. He is past president of Dallas Roundtable and a board member with Uptown Dallas, Inc.

Cullen Potts works as a proprietor of Capital Institutional Services, Inc., an independent brokerage firm founded in 1977. Additionally, he is a real estate investor and serves as director of Family Business Affairs and board director for Capital Institutional Services.

For more information about Accessible Luxury, please visit accessibleluxury.org.

Get to Know our SRH Staff: Pedro Rodriguez in Volunteer Services

Meet Pedro, an Evening Volunteer Coordinator who has been working in our Volunteer Services department for the past 3 years. Our Evening Volunteer Program is designed to provide a group activity for inpatients, siblings and family members during the weeknight evenings. Volunteers provide fun and recreation to keep the children’s minds off of their medical care and provide family-oriented activities while they’re at Scottish Rite Hospital.

Get to know Pedro in our Staff Spotlight below.

Pedro, pictured third from the right, with volunteers at Treasure Street.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Hmm…that’s a tough one; there are so many things I love about it. I love getting to hang out and  play different games and do different crafts with our inpatients. It’s great seeing them laugh, smile and forget whatever has brought them to our hospital, even if it’s just for two hours. I love how our volunteers, no matter how busy their lives become, always make time to make huge impacts in our inpatient lives. I literally could not do what I do without them.

What’s your favorite thing about the hospital?

How inviting it is. People who work and volunteer here really do go the extra mile for our patients and their families.

What skills do you need for your job?

I think for my job, you need to be creative, outgoing, jovial, patient, have the ability to laugh at yourself and stay pretty calm. I think for the most part I hit all of those, although sometimes I can be an upside down duck.

What was your first job? What path did you take to get here?

I had my first job at 13. I worked at a country club as a waiter at the pool. I also worked at Starbucks, but I can’t recommend anything, not much of a coffee drinker. Most of my family is in the medical field in some form or fashion, I think with that influence and wanting to work with children brought me to Scottish Rite Hospital.

What is your favorite hospital-related Special Event?

I’m definitely a little biased. With the support I get from my team and the volunteers, the Evening Volunteer Program has created four hospital special events; Drive-In Movie Night, Back-to-School Carnival, Inpatient Night Parade, and our fundraising SPIKE Volleyball Tournament. Last year was our inaugural year and we raised $3,600 for Scottish Rite Hospital!

Inaugural SPIKE Volleyball Tournament hosted by our Evening Volunteers

Inaugural SPIKE Volleyball Tournament hosted by our Evening Volunteers

What’s your favorite…

  • Place to travel: Anywhere that my friends and family are.
  • Type of food: Tacos- All day, every day!
  • TV show: Who has just one? Definitely something a few seasons in so I can binge.

If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Telekinesis and Teleportation- you know, save on transportation.

What’s your spirit animal?

Panda

What is something people don’t know about you?

I played the violin for four years

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

Anything 90’s

 

To learn more about our Volunteer Program and how to apply, please visit scottishritehospital.org/volunteer.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Anthony, age 15 of Fort Worth

Anthony is an active 15 year old from Fort Worth, Texas. In 2008, Anthony had an accident and one of his legs was amputated below the knee. That hasn’t slowed him down. Anthony is very athletic and played on his school basketball team up until this year. He has never been to Colorado and is excited about the chance to try both skiing and snowboarding for the first time. Anthony has signed up to take a class in welding, and he thinks he may want to be a welder when he grows up. He says welding is a combination of art and technology, and that really excites him. Eventually, Anthony thinks he might want to attend Baylor University.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

February 2017 will mark the 36th anniversary of the annual Amputee Ski Trip, held each year at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo. Fourteen teenage patients with limb differences receive practical recreational therapy, while also having the opportunity to grow, build confidence and bond with others similar to them.

For more information, visit scottishritehospital.org/amputee-ski-trip.

Nutrition Tips for Young Basketball Players

It is important for young and growing athletes to eat regularly scheduled and well-balanced meals throughout the school day. It’s best to plan ahead for additional snacks and water to make sure the athlete is optimally fueled and hydrated when there is an afterschool sports event.

Here are some tips regarding practice and game day fuel for young basketball players from Taylor Fisher, M.S., R.D., L.D., Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children dietitian.

Use these tips to plan ahead so that your athletes have nutritious choices for their backpacks:

  • Pack a water bottle for sipping throughout the day as well as during and after the event.
  • Take foods that help hydrate (i.e.: grapes, pears, oranges, yogurts).
  • Pack snacks with complex carbohydrates and protein to provide nourishment throughout the school day and after the event (i.e.: chocolate milk, apple slices with string cheese, trail mix).
  • Bring snacks with more easily digested carbohydrates for snacks right before and during the event (i.e.: fresh or dried fruit, applesauce, pretzels, fig bars).

A great way to help your young athletes develop healthy habits is to include them in the planning and shopping for their meals and snacks. Fisher says, “These lessons can instill healthy habits early in life that carry on beyond youth sports and into college and adulthood where they are responsible for their own food and nutrition choices.”

For more information about injury prevention, nutrition and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Aryanna, age 14 of Weatherford

Aryana_BlogAryanna, age 14 of Weatherford, has been a patient at Scottish Rite Hospital since she was 3 years old. She uses a prosthesis because of a lower limb difference in which one leg is shorter than the other. However, her time at the hospital began with having both scoliosis and hip surgery when she was younger.

Today, Aryanna is part of a color guard team and enjoys performing in theatre. When she grows up, she hopes to become a forensic pathologist. This is Aryanna’s first time to go on the ski trip and she is looking forward to meeting new friends who can relate to the same life struggles.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

February 2017 will mark the 36th anniversary of the annual Amputee Ski Trip, held each year at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo. Fourteen teenage patients with limb differences receive practical recreational therapy, while also having the opportunity to grow, build confidence and bond with others similar to them.

For more information, visit scottishritehospital.org/amputee-ski-trip.

Backpack Safety Tips

Backpacks are a popular and practical way for children and teenagers to carry school books and supplies. Compared to shoulder bags, messenger bags or purses, backpacks are better because the back and the abdominal muscles support the weight of the backpack. When a backpack is worn correctly, the weight is evenly distributed across the body so shoulder, neck and back injuries are less common.

Backpack SafetyIf a backpack is too heavy or is used incorrectly it can cause muscle joint strain and cause back pain. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children do not carry more than 10-15% of their body weight in their backpacks. For example, if a child weighs 80 pounds, a backpack should not weigh more than 8 to 12 pounds. Although backpacks can lead to poor posture when they are not worn correctly, heavy backpacks do not cause scoliosis.

Problems Backpacks Can Pose

Many different things can lead to back pain. These include increased participation in sports or exercise, poor posture when sitting and long periods of inactivity. Some children can have back pain because of a heavy backpack. When a heavy backpack is placed incorrectly on the shoulders, the force of the weight can pull a child backwards. The child then compensates by bending forward at the hips or by arching the back. This can cause shoulder, neck and back pain.

Wearing a backpack over just one shoulder, may cause a child to lean to one side. This may result in shoulder, neck or back discomfort. Backpacks with tight, narrow straps can dig into the shoulders, causing numbness, tingling or weakness in the arms. Also, a heavy backpack can cause increased risk of falling by putting the child off balance.

Choosing the Right Backpack

  • Wide, padded shoulder straps
  • Two shoulder straps
  • Padded back
  • Lightweight backpack

Injury Prevention

  • Always use both shoulder straps.
  • Pack light (10-15% of child’s weight)
  • Remove unneeded items
  • Lift properly by bending at the knees and grabbing the pack with two hands.

Adapted from American Academy of Pediatrics information on Backpack Safety, 11/2015: http://tinyurl.com/7oozzls

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Jordan, age 17 of Sadler

Jordan_BlogJordan, age 17 of Sadler, loves snowboarding. Jordan wears a prosthesis on his right leg, and he has been a patient at the hospital for the last five years. His favorite things include skittles, playing basketball and hanging out with friends. Though this is his first ski trip with Scottish Rite Hospital, Jordan first learned to snowboard six years ago. That is something he’s really proud of, and he can’t wait to get back on the mountain.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

February 2017 will mark the 36th anniversary of the annual Amputee Ski Trip, held each year at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo. Fourteen teenage patients with limb differences receive practical recreational therapy, while also having the opportunity to grow, build confidence and bond with others similar to them.

For more information, visit scottishritehospital.org/amputee-ski-trip.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Diana, age 15 of Garland

Christy_BlogDiana, age 15 of Garland, has been coming to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since she was a baby. She wears a prosthetic leg and has never been skiing or snowboarding. However, Diana says she loves snow and cold weather! She plays the violin in her school orchestra and her favorite things include chocolate covered strawberries and the TV show Gravity Falls. When she grows up, Diana hopes to be a veterinarian. Diana says she looks up to her parents, and the thing she is most proud of is knowing her mom and dad are proud of her.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

February 2017 will mark the 36th anniversary of the annual Amputee Ski Trip, held each year at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo. Fourteen teenage patients with limb differences receive practical recreational therapy, while also having the opportunity to grow, build confidence and bond with others similar to them.

For more information, visit scottishritehospital.org/amputee-ski-trip.

Karen’s Moment – Volunteer Services

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Whether it’s greeting patient families or helping behind the scenes, more than 1,000 volunteers contribute to the mission of Scottish Rite Hospital. Volunteers, like Karen are there every moment, supporting and caring for our patients like a good friend.

This month, we will be giving you a deeper look at our Volunteer Services department on our Facebook page. Join us for volunteer stories, flashbacks and interesting facts. For more information, visit scottishritehospital.org/volunteer.