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Playground Safety Tips from our Fracture Clinic Experts

Issac Martinez age 3 or Mesquite_04Free play and playground time is becoming more valuable to our over-scheduled children. We want to share some of our experience by giving you some suggestions to keep these moments as safe as possible. Our Fracture Clinic pediatric nurse practitioner, Ray Kleposki, tells us that young kids playing on equipment that is not designed with them in mind greatly increases risk for injuries, including broken bones.

Supervision is very important, but even well-meaning caregivers are not familiar with all the injury risks on a playground. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission in their Public Playground Safety Handbook recommends appropriate equipment and practices for public playgrounds. Ray says to “start with choosing a playground that is right for your child’s age.”

Choose playgrounds that provide:

  • A separate play area for very young children.
  • Rubber or mulch type surfaces, not solid like asphalt or grass
  • Surfaces that extend well beyond the play are of each piece of equipment
  • Equipment in good repair.
  • Guardrails to prevent falls from heights greater than the child’s own height.

Screen Shot 2016-04-01 at 2.46.18 PMLessons to teach your child about playground safety:

  • Never push or rough-house.
  • Slide feet first and slide one-at-a-time.
  • Watch for friends before sliding or jumping.
  • Don’t climb outside of guardrails.
  • When jumping, land on both feet.
  • Don’t play on equipment when it is wet.
  • Follow instructions from supervisors.

With these tips and some common sense, playgrounds can be fun and safe. To learn more about our Fracture Clinics and experts at evaluating pediatric playground injuries, visit

April: Layla’s Moment to Shine


Meet Layla, age 16, of Dallas.

My Defining Moment:

I came because I had an extra bone in my ankle that was causing scar tissue buildup, swelling and inflammation.

My Moment to Remember:

I was invited to speak at the hospital’s KidSwing Golf Tournament, which was cool because I’ve never done that kind of thing.

My Moment to Shine:

I’ve performed in the Nutcracker with the Texas Ballet Theater for three years in a row. It’s a lot of fun!

Give a Patient like Layla a Moment to Shine: A gift of $300 will cover the cost of advanced imaging for an ankle problem or injury to plan for a minimally invasive arthroscopic treatment. To donate or learn more about TSRHC’s Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine, please visit


Exclusive Evening of Accessible Luxury on Friday, April 15

Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 3.41.41 PMEnjoy fashion, food, jewelry and cars while benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Set against the luxurious backdrop of Park Place Premier Collection, Accessible Luxury is one of Dallas’ most fashionable events. Hosted by event chairmen Emily and Buck Branson and honorary chairmen Tia and Kelly Kraft, Accessible Luxury is now in its seventh year benefiting the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Be there April 15 for signature cocktails, gourmet bites, runway fashions and a late night dance party.

The exciting offerings include:

  • Rolls-Royce Runway Show
    Be inspired by spring and summer fashion obsessions and vogue looks of exclusive Highland Park Village retailers Alice + Olivia, Anne Fontaine, Bandier, Beretta Gallery, Diane Von Furstenberg, Escada, Filson, Roberta Roller Rabbit and Trina Turk. This renowned fashion show is produced by Harriet Kelly Gibbe and features the models of Campbell-Wagner Runway LLC and Model Citizen. Emceed by Courtney Kerr, with hair and makeup by Salon Pompeo.
  • Maserati Man Cave
    This cavern is something for the fellas, showcasing the Beretta Gallery’s polished apparel and guns along with hot cars and hand-rolled cigars. Amble on over for a Monkey Spring Smash made with Monkey Shoulder whiskey, St. Germain liqueur and mint leaves.
  • Bentley Bubble Room
    Fabulous femmes can browse precious Temple St. Clair gems from Eiseman Jewels while sipping champagne or enjoying a Solerno & Sparkling signature cocktail made with Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, prosecco and fresh berries.
  • McLaren Moonlight Room
    Grab a raffle ticket or three before dancing the night away to the DJ stylings of Lucy Wrubel.
  • Jaguar Jungle Lounge
    Escape into the wild and party on the patio with craft beers from Peticolas Brewing Company, and Reyka Mules, a signature cocktail made with Reyka vodka and ginger beer. The lounge also features a coffee bar and late night nibbles.
  • Sumptuous cuisine from: Ascension Coffee, Bistro 31 and Lounge 31, Chino Chinatown, Howdy Homemade Ice Cream, Paul Martin’s American Grill, Parigi, Steel and Truluck’s.

This accessible chic event is anything but typical and sure to entertain guests from the time they arrive on the red carpet. To be a part of one of the top fashion events Dallas has to offer, visit or call 214-559-7656 for ticket information and sponsorship opportunities. Tickets are $125 each or $1,000 for a Trendsetters’ Package for two, which includes a Trendsetters’ Hour from 6 to 7 p.m. before the event officially begins, priority seating for the runway show and a complimentary raffle ticket. To join in on the fun, follow #AccessibleLuxury on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag in your posts.

Silver Sponsors of Accessible Luxury are Emily and Buck Branson, Lark and J. C. Montgomery, Jr., Origin Bank, Carolyn and Karl Rathjen, M.D., and Wells Fargo, The Private Bank.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopedic conditions and sports injuries, as well as certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Patients receive treatment regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please call 214-559-5000 or 800-421- 1121 or visit

National Doctor’s Day is Wednesday, March 30

We celebrate our wonderful and caring physicians in honor of National Doctor’s Day and everyday. Below are a few facts about our incredible team:

Did You Know?

  • We have 19 orthopedic surgeons and 37 total full-time staff physicians
  • All physicians hold faculty appointments at UT Southwestern and are renowned for outstanding research and teaching of medical students, residents and fellows
  • More than 245,000 patients have been treated since the hospital’s inception
  • Scoliosis Clinic - Brace Check up and report card review with pt Haleigh Burleson age 11 of Tyler05We have more than 22,000 active patients
  • 2,102 surgeries were performed in fiscal year 2015
  • TSRHC physicians wrote the book on the treatment of orthopedic conditions affecting children. Now in its fifth edition, the Tachdjian’s Pediatric Orthopaedics edited by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is the standard reference guide for orthopedic surgeons around the world.

TSRHC Spring Event Roundup

From golf outings to a glamorous evening fundraiser, our spring calendar is full of fun activities with a range of interests in mind. Check out some of the following special events taking place in the Dallas area. Full details are available on our website events calendar.

For the Golfer

Preview some of the season’s diverse golfing events.

Learn to Golf

Our Learn to Golf program introduces hospital patients with physical challenges to the fundamentals of golf. Upcoming April and May golf dates and locations include:

  • Fort Worth, Leonard Golf Links, Saturday, April 2
  • Austin, Harvey Penick Golf Campus, Saturday, April 30
  • Dallas, Luna Vista Golf Course, Saturday, May 14
  • Lewisville, Lake Park Golf Course, Saturday, May 21

ScottishRiteShootoutSecond Annual Scottish Rite Shootout

Young adults ages 16 to 18 can round up a foursome and compete in this Topgolf tournament, with opportunities to win benchmark prizes for raising funds for TSRHC.

  • Topgolf Dallas, Sunday, April 10, 5 p.m.

For the Socialite

From crawfish to fashion shows, bring your appetites and fashion sensibilities out for two fun events this spring:

CrawfishCrayon Club’s Crawfish Boil

Feast on Southern-style crawfish and jambalaya at Crayon Club’s fourth Crawfish Boil event, open to both members and nonmembers alike.

  • Texas Ale Project, Thursday, April 7, 6:30 p.m.

Accessible Luxury

Celebrating Dallas-area retailers, this glamorous fundraising event lets guests experience luxury offerings in automobiles, cuisine, cocktails and fashion.

  • Park Place Premier Collection Dealership, Friday, April 15, 7 p.m.

For Outdoor Family Fun

Let the warm days of spring invite you to take part in some of the following outdoor activities.

Rotary Club of Dallas Bike Rodeo & Child Safety Day

Children of all ages can attend this free event designed to show them ways to stay safe on and off their bikes.

  • TSRHC Maple Parking Lot, Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m.

Special Event Clay Shootouts

Hit some targets as you raise awareness and funds for TSRHC.

Farm Fun

Catch a horse show or discover the treasures of Texas agriculture this May.

ASA Poker Run

Join the American Subcontractors Association’s North Texas Chapter for a poker run. Funds raised are split between TSRHC and Happy Hill Farm.

  • TSRHC’s Chamber Park, Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m.

To find out how you can get involved with more of our special events, please visit or or call 215-559-7656.

Athletic Trainers and Baseline Testing – TSRHC Sports Medicine

LEE_2066 copyThe Sports Medicine team at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children’s North Campus would not be complete without our athletic trainers. In conjunction with Athletic Training month, established by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, we are celebrating our athletic trainers Josh Stevens, A.T.C., L.A.T., and Jamie Wightman, A.T.C., L.A.T.

Like many of their peers working on the sidelines of youth sports events, one of their roles in our clinic is to administer post-injury testing for patients who have, or may have, had a concussion. They perform a series of tests, including balance testing that helps with diagnosing a concussion and the return-to-learn and return-to-play decision making process.

One tool we use to assess the brain’s ability to function is the ImPACT™ online testing software. It includes tests for memory and reaction time, among other neurocognitive measures. The results are most useful when the provider can compare them to a pre-season baseline version. We recommend these for athletes 10 years and older who play contact sports.

Learn more about scheduling a baseline testing appointment with one of our athletic trainers online at

For information about sports concussions and pediatric sports medicine, please visit

Busy Kids and Broken Bones – TSRHC Announces New Fracture Clinic

Constantly on the move, kids are bound to get hurt once in a while. Because of the open growth plates in young bones, kids are more likely to break a bone than sprain a ligament. Injuries that result in a bad sprain for an adult will often cause a broken bone in children, according to Gerad Montgomery. Our team of pediatric experts at the Fracture Clinic at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children’s North Campus is here to help you navigate treatment for fractures, or broken bones, in kids and teenagers.

London, TSRHC patient

London, TSRHC patient

Many fractures are appropriately stabilized in a pediatrician’s office or at an urgent care center. Young patients are frequently referred to a pediatric orthopedic specialist to further assess and treat broken bones. Occasionally, this is because surgery should be considered. More often, this is to be sure that the injury and the treatment will not impact the growth of that bone. This requires monitoring the healing with physical exams and X-rays over time.

Our team, at Scottish Rite Hospital, only takes care of kids. Therefore, we are very familiar with growth plates and growing bones. If you or a friend needs pediatric fracture care, please call us at 469-515-7200.

For information about fracture care, please visit our website at

Helping Children Like Colby

When you witness the poise and fluid movements of Colby on stage, you know you’re witnessing a young dance professional and ballerina in action. In fact, Colby couldn’t picture life without dancing, and nothing, not even scoliosis, was going to keep her from pursuing the art of dance. Discover how Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) was Colby’s life force in helping her stand tall on stage.

What Is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a condition caused by an irregular twisting or curvature of the spine into a C- or S-shape. Scoliosis affects between 2 to 3 percent of school-age children, most often appearing in adolescent girls ages 10 to 15. Different forms of scoliosis exist, including the most common type, idiopathic scoliosis (it’s currently unknown what causes idiopathic scoliosis).

Dr. Amy McIntosh, a staff orthopedist at TSRHC, recalls that Colby’s spine curvature was greater than 50 degrees when the two first met. After assessing Colby’s curvature based on predictive factors of whether her curvature was going to get better or worse, Dr. McIntosh predicted that her curve was only going to worsen with age.

“She had the type of curve that I could do a selective thoracic fusion on,” Dr. McIntosh explains. “I could fuse only the vertebrae attached to her rib cage and leave the vertebrae that are in her lumbar spine untouched.” This type of surgery would allow Colby to support her flexibility, a critical asset for a dancer.

Three months after scoliosis surgery, Colby is standing tall once more. Her shoulders are even; the prominent curve that once characterized her back is gone, and her waist is more evenly symmetrical.

TSRHC Gets Colby Dancing Again

“It’s just been amazing,” Colby remarks about the TSRHC experience. “Five days I was at the hospital, and everyone was so nice.”

Today, Colby is back to pirouettes and pliés, just as graceful as when she first laced up her ballet slippers as a child.

Watch Colby’s Story

Bouncing Back: Helping a Young Athlete Cope with an Injury or Surgery

Young athletes are tough, but an injury or upcoming surgery can cause even the most levelheaded athlete to stress.

UntitledAt Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, we are fortunate to have a psychologist, trained in sport psychology, on our team. Erica Force, Ph.D., tells us that some patients may be more likely to have problems coping with their injury than others.

Athletes are more at risk of having problems coping with injury or surgery, when they:

  • are at a pivotal point in their sports career or season.
  • must spend an extended time out of sports.
  • are already experiencing a particular stress, for instance, divorcing parents or academic struggles.
  • have difficulty coping with stress.
  • are advised to change sports completely.

Athletes are more likely to cope well when they:

  • have good social support with a well-balanced social life, which includes activities and friends outside of sports.
  • have coaches and caregivers who are supportive and encouraging.
  • stay connected with his or her team throughout recovery.

Dr. Force says, “Parents can influence children long before an injury occurs by being good role models for handling stress and being resilient. When parents demonstrate healthy coping skills and a well-balanced social life, there is a good chance their children will pick up on these behaviors and apply them to their own lives.”

Erica Force, Ph.D., is available during our regular clinic hours to consult with our patients. Parents can request to meet with Dr. Force to help develop a plan that is best for each child. To learn more about Psychology at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, visit our website at

For information about pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at

Volunteer at the 2016 Reverchon Roundup

Spring’s return brings opportunities for renewal, refreshment and the annual Reverchon Roundup. Taking place Saturday, March 5, at 9:30 a.m., this annual cleanup event, now in its 18th year, benefits the historic Reverchon Park, just steps from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) in Dallas. Find out how you can join TSRHC in rolling up your sleeves and volunteering your time to care for this community space.

RIC_8212It Takes Friends to Care for Reverchon Park

Reverchon Park, a public park in the Oak Lawn section of Dallas, is like the Central Park of Dallas. Established in 1915, this 46-acre space provides recreation and refreshment for thousands of Dallas residents and visitors each year.

Today, the Friends of Reverchon Park, a nonprofit organization, preserves and ensures that the park remains an attractive community recreational area. Organized in 2005, the Friends unite volunteers from across Dallas and Fort Worth to care for and support Reverchon Park.

Rounding Up for Revitalization

The Reverchon Roundup invites TSRHC staff and volunteers to join the Friends of Reverchon Park in removing trash, spreading mulch, clearing away underbrush and debris, and planting flower beds. Additional partners in the project are the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, the Dallas Police Department, and Arborilogical Services. Additionally, area businesses sponsor breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages for the Roundup volunteers

Ready Yourself for This Year’s Roundup

TSRHC invites you to get involved in this year’s Reverchon Roundup on Saturday, March 5. Volunteer by yourself or gather your family, co-workers, or a group and spend the morning outdoors in one of the most beautiful park settings in Dallas. To get involved, please contact TSRHC Volunteer Services at 214-559-7825 or email Parking will be available at TSRHC.