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We’re Moving… the TSRHC Sports Medicine Practice!

Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 2.11.22 PMTexas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has served more than 225,000 patients since first opening its doors in 1921, and is growing faster than ever before!

Due to rapid expansion and the demand to serve more patient families in the northern area of the DFW Metroplex, the TSRHC Sports Medicine Center will be moving to its new location at 7000 West Plano Parkway in Plano, Texas.

This larger space will allow more patients access to the outstanding care they deserve from leading surgical and non-operative pediatric orthopedic specialists.

Opening Fall 2015

The Sports Medicine practice will begin seeing new patients and current families in the new Plano location beginning in the fall of 2015. The Sports Medicine staff provides specialized treatment for sports-related pediatric orthopedic conditions and concussions. In addition, they offer sports injury prevention and educational information for young and growing athletes.

Under the direction of Assistant Chief of Staff Philip Wilson, M.D., alongside Henry B. Ellis, Jr., M.D. and Shane Miller, M.D., the TSRHC Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine is actively involved in research regarding the etiology, treatment and prevention of pediatric sports injuries and joint problems. This leading edge Sports Medicine practice will be the primary focus of the new location, with other Scottish Rite Hospital clinics to follow later this year.

Permanent Second Location

More plans are underway for a permanent north campus home, which will be located on 40 acres at the northeast corner of Lebanon Road and the Dallas North Tollway in Frisco. This second location will be an extension of the original Dallas campus.

Groundbreaking for the Frisco location is anticipated soon, with hope for completion of the new campus in 2017.
Becoming a Patient

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital’s Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine is unique in that it receives self-referrals, as well as referrals from primary care and specialty physicians. To make an appointment, call 469-515-7100 or sign up through the online form.

Is water enough for your young athlete today? – TSRHC Sports Medicine

Water is the “go-to” drink to keep young and growing athletes hydrated for optimal performance. However, sometimes water just isn’t enough to replace electrolytes lost through sweating.

If your young athlete answers yes to any of these questions, he or she may need more than water:

  • Are you going to be playing in a high–intensity activity, lasting longer than an hour?
  • Do you feel salt on your skin after activity?
  • Do you see salt on your clothes after activity?
  • Are you going to be participating in back–to–back events or tournaments?
  • Are you going to be playing in hot or humid conditions, either indoors or outdoors?
  • Do you have a hard time drinking extra fluids on practice and game days?

UntitledAll of these are reasons to supplement a water hydration plan with sports drinks or salty snacks. Incorporating these throughout the day ensures optimal safety, health and performance during each practice and game.

The sodium in these items helps to keep water in the body, replaces lost electrolytes and also stimulates thirst. Thirst encourages the athlete to drink more fluids than he or she may do naturally.

Here are some suggestions to have on hand:

  • Sports drinks
  • Broth-based soups
  • Vegetable or tomato juice
  • Pretzels or salty crackers
  • Pickles
  • String cheese
  • Yogurt

Talk with your young athlete about when to reach for these salty snacks; enjoying them too often can lead to other problems. Your child’s pediatrician or sports dietitian can help design a nutrition plan that’s right for your young athlete.

To learn more about the best ways to hydrate, take a look at our PDF on hydration for young athletes.

For information about TSRHC’s Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine, please visit our website at tsrhc.org/sports.

KidSwing golf tournaments complete successful 13th year

About 300 young philanthropists participated in this year’s KidSwing golf tournaments, raising more than $83,000 for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. That brings the total generated for the hospital since the event was launched in 2003 to more than $1.8 million.

KidSwing Junior Committee

KidSwing is unique in that the kids themselves raise money by asking their friends and family to sponsor them. The idea came from 10-year-old patient Ben Sater, who founded the event as a way to give back to the hospital that had taken such good care of him.

Over the years, KidSwing has grown from one tournament to four. The latest, called the Scottish Rite Shootout, is aimed at 16- to 18-year-olds. Held this month for the first time, at Topgolf Dallas, it joins three earlier tournaments for 5- to 15-year-olds: KidSwing Dallas at Brookhaven Country Club, KidSwing McKinney at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club and KidSwing Trophy Club at Trophy Club Country Club.

A junior committee oversees KidSwing. New committee members this year include Michael Brunski, 9, of Allen; Caden Hansen, 8, of Southlake; Blake Littleton, 12, of Frisco; Aubrey Morris, 12, of Irving; Gage Sherwinski, 11, of Allen; and Randy St. Clair and Rusty St. Clair, both 14, of Plano.

Sponsors include GEICO, the Ryan Foundation, Janet and Joe Tydlaska and Topgolf ($10,000 each); Barbi and Scott Cohen, J. Small Investments, the Mary Kay Family Foundation and Stonebridge Orthodontics ($5,000 each); Davaco, Cinemark and the Freedom Foundation ($2,500 each); and Anonymous, Archer Western, Capital One Bank, Green Bank, Sandy Nachman, Truman W. Smith Children’s Care Center and Veritex Community Bank ($1,000 each).

Proceeds from this year’s KidSwing benefit the hospital’s bebionic hand technology program.

See more photos on TSRHC’s Events Facebook page.

Crayon Club Character Breakfast

No matter how old you are, there is something magical about meeting your favorite characters. It is why so many people flock to Comic-Con events, and it is why the Crayon Club Character Breakfast at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is an annual smash. What is the event, and how did it get started?

A Magical Morning

Kids who attended the Crayon Club Character Breakfast on June 27 didn’t mind getting up early on a Saturday morning. The over-all excitement is contagious as children get to feast their eyes on their favorite characters. What’s even better is that the kids get to interact with the characters as the fictional icons serve up a delicious breakfast.

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A Character Extravaganza

Whether they’re dying to hang out with Batman or simply must take a photo with Elsa, a child’s character dreams come true at our Crayon Club Character Breakfast. Everyone who attends the event is encouraged to dress up, and, after breakfast, those costumes are put to good use. Kids receive a special autograph book and pen, so they can float around the room and collect the signatures of their favorite heroes and princesses. In addition to the autograph party, there was also face-painting stations and other awesome activities.

Something for Parents

The Crayon Club Character Breakfast isn’t just for kids. The event included a silent auction for parents. They were able to bid on items like tickets to sporting events, family photography packages and other family-friendly prizes.

How It Started

The Crayon Club Character Breakfast started back in 2013 as the brainchild of Dorothy McGowan and Natalie Womble, members of Crayon Club. They wanted young professionals to be able to support the hospital in a way that could also open a door for them to get in touch with children in the community.

The Character Breakfast is unique in that it is really all about the children. It gives Crayon Club members a special opportunity to feel the personal satisfaction that comes from volunteering.


Join Us Next Time

The Crayon Club Character Breakfast is a special annual event at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, and it plays a role in helping the hospital continue its good work in treating pediatric orthopedics. Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s event! Stay up to date on next year’s Character Breakfast event and all our other special events by following TSRHC Events on Facebook and Twitter.

Understanding Pediatric Rheumatology

Pediatric rheumatology is a medical discipline that strives to address arthritis and other rheumatic conditions in children. What does pediatric rheumatology involve? What causes rheumatic conditions in children? What can doctors do to help?

Rheumatology—An Overview

Rheumatologists deal a lot with arthritis, but “arthritis” is a broad term that takes in more than a hundred unique conditions.

Doctors will diagnose rheumatic conditions by taking note of symptoms such as swelling and stiffness in the joints, a limited range of motion, and pain in the joints, muscles or other bodily structures. Some conditions may also come with fever, weakness or rash. A skilled rheumatologist will make note of all symptoms and perform tests to determine which condition is affecting the child.

Examples of Rheumatic Conditions

There are many more rheumatic conditions than listed here, but some of the most common conditions that we treat at TSRHC include:

  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Vasculitis
  • Dermatomyositis:

Other reasons for referral may include:

  • · Prolonged joint swelling or pain
  • · Non-traumatic musculoskeletal pain
  • · Weakness
  • · Rash
  • · Fever of unknown origin

Causes of Rheumatic Conditions in Children

Pediatric Rheumatology

Scientists have yet to pinpoint the exact causes for most rheumatic conditions. However, there are several factors that may play a role in the occurrence of these diseases. Genetics, trauma, infection, certain hormones, strenuous wear and tear on joints, and metabolic disturbances could all have something to do with the onset or worsening of rheumatic conditions.

Pediatric Rheumatology and TSRHC

In 1956, the hospital established one of the country’s first pediatric rheumatology clinics. Today the clinic is led by internationally recognized pediatric rheumatologist Marilynn Punaro, M.D. TSRHC’s rheumatology clinic is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier clinical treatment and research centers for rheumatic conditions, including juvenile arthritis, dermatomyositis and scleroderma.

For more information about becoming a patient at TSRHC, please visit www.tsrhc.org/becoming-a-patient or contact our patient access department at (214) 559-7477.

Meet the Prevou family, whose struggle with an advanced form of arthritis led researchers at TSRHC to conduct a genetic study of the disease. The study resulted in better treatment methods for the three Prevou brothers, all now in college, and others suffering from PAPA syndrome.

Fore The Love of the Game

At Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children a key component of our mission is to treat the whole child, not just their medical condition. Learn to Golf is one of the cornerstones of therapeutic recreation here at the hospital. Ten clinics are held at golf courses around the state, where specially trained golf professionals teach our physically challenged patients the fundamentals of the game, including swinging, safety and etiquette.

More than 1,200 patients have reaped the rehabilitative benefits since the program was launched, including some who have gone on to become members of their school golf teams or gotten involved in their local PGA, LPGA and United States Golf Association junior golf programs.

Besides free instruction, participants who don’t own clubs receive a free set. Kids are also eligible for scholarships that provide funding for involvement in local junior golf programs.

Hospital friends such as Gary Pickle, a local instructor and club maker, have helped patients like Dagem Adehena by making specialized clubs paid for by the hospital’s Learn to Golf program. Since participating in the program, Dagem’s passion for golf has continued to grow. Watch as we follow his journey and see what he’s up to today.


Stop Overuse Injuries Before They Stop You – TSRHC Sports Medicine

UntitledThere are two types of injuries. Acute injuries, which occur suddenly and typically with a single event; and overuse injuries, which are caused by a gradual wearing down over a period of time. With overuse injuries, body tissues become inflamed with repetitive stresses caused by actions like running, jumping and throwing. In some cases, these actions/stresses cause permanent changes and damage. The stress may come from forceful impact with the ground, stretching of sensitive tissues in growing bones or overstretching of soft tissues around the joints. To protect the tissues, resting from the stressful activity is a must, and sometimes other treatment is required. Philip Wilson, M.D. says, “With the right action plan, overuse injuries and long-term complications can be avoided.”

Tips for all young athletes to prevent overuse injuries

  • Focus on proper form. Seek advice from experts to learn proper form. More importantly, stop practicing when fatigue leads to changes in form.
  • Recognize warning signs of overuse injury: pain, swelling and poor form. When these things happen, immediately take a break.
  • Keep a balanced training schedule. Each week, save a day or two for rest. Or switch to different activities that emphasize different body parts and training intensity levels.
  • Participate in more than one sport. Changing movements and training patterns helps to reduce the risk of injury as well as assist with overall athletic development.
  • Know your sport and the risks associated with it. Sports like baseball, volleyball and running are more likely to cause overuse injuries than contact and cutting sports like football, soccer and lacrosse (acute injuries are more common with these).

For information about TSRHC’s Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine, please visit our website at tsrhc.org/sports.

TSRHC Patient Autumn-Rose Encourages Others to Dream Big

After years of hip pain, Autumn-Rose and her mom knew something wasn’t quite right. Through her years of running track at Coronado High School, Autumn-Rose had experienced pain so intense in her hip that sometimes she couldn’t even walk. Doctor after doctor, every answer was different and no one seemed to be able to resolve the issue. Finally, a Lubbock orthopedist diagnosed Autumn-Rose with hip dysplasia and referred her to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children where Chief of Staff Dr. Daniel Sucato performed surgery in January 2012.

ARDream Big

Autumn-Rose did not let this obstacle hold her back. After surgery, she quickly returned to the activities that she loves, like running track, cheering for both her school and a competitive squad, and competing in beauty pageants. She was crowned Miss Limestone County Outstanding Teen and won the Miss South Texas Outstanding Teen pageant.

Autumn-Rose chose to make the most of her days in the spotlight at beauty pageants by empowering other young people. She used her platform, “Dream Big: Overcoming Medical Hardships,” to talk about her experience with hip dysplasia and encourage others to dream big and live fearlessly.

_WAT1972Looking Ahead

Autumn-Rose will attend Sam Houston State University in Huntsville this fall, majoring in forensic chemistry. She has made the cheer squad and will cheer for the Sam Houston Bearkats at their football and basketball games. This summer she took time off from Miss Texas to be a counselor at Ceta Canyon Christian Church Camp.


It Helps to Hydrate – TSRHC Sports Medicine

Do you ever feel sluggish or unable to focus during a practice or game? Are you frustrated because you know you have gotten ample sleep, have eaten well, and have had great practices up until now?  When you feel this way, do you question why?

UntitledThe answer may be in what you are drinking… or not drinking.

During and after events, the body needs water to

–       Sweat to keep the body cool
–       Keep energy levels up
–       Be alert and stay focused
–       Recover optimally

A dehydrated athlete may also feel early fatigue, headache and decreased focus and attention, all of which may hinder performance during the event.

If you are feeling any of these things, it may be time to take a look at your hydration plan.  How much, when, and what are you drinking?

A few simple rules to follow for optimal hydration are:

  • Drink water throughout the day.
    • Start your event hydrated!
  • Drink plenty of water during and after the event as well.
    • This will help the athlete maintain a safe body temperature and enable quick recovery.
  • Know other ways to hydrate when water is not enough.
    • Try drinking milk or fresh fruit smoothies.
    • Try eating yogurt, fresh fruits like grapes, apples, & oranges and fresh vegetables like bell peppers, spinach, cucumbers, and broccoli. 

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To learn more about the best ways to hydrate, take a look at our PDF on hydration and talk with your doctor, athletic trainer, or sports dietitian to help build a hydration plan that is right for you.

For information about TSRHC’s Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine, please visit our website at tsrhc.org/sports.

TSRHC and the Learn to Golf Program

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) has been providing pediatric orthopedic care to the region for more than 90 years. In addition to offering numerous services for children with orthopedic conditions, TSRHC provides patients with ancillary recreational therapy, such as our Learn to Golf Program. Learn more about how this unique program helps patients reclaim their childhood through education, engagement and recreation.

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Program History

Established in 1998, the TSRHC Learn to Golf Program is a key component of the hospital’s therapeutic recreation department. Using the National Amputee Golf Association’s First Swing program as a guide, TSRHC designed a clinic that introduces patients to the rehabilitative benefits of golf. In 2000, Learn to Golf was formally recognized by the United States Golf Association with a multi-year grant to fund expanded program offerings. Since its launch, more than 1,200 children have participated in the Learn to Golf Program.

Golf Instruction

Throughout each clinic session, golf instructors are on hand to teach participants about the technical components of the game, such as driving, chipping and putting. In addition, basic golf rules, safety and etiquette are explained so that kids feel comfortable playing a full game after completing the clinic. Each of the instructors involved in the program has received specialized training for teaching golf to patients with physical disabilities.

TSRHC Learn to Golf

Clinic Benefits

For patients, the Learn to Golf program offers a hands-on introduction to a physical activity they can enjoy for the rest of their lives. It helps children to growth both socially and physically by meeting other kids and learning to enjoy recreational activities despite their physical challenges. These patients are able to push themselves to try new things in a safe and supportive environment. Most importantly, it instills confidence and provides a great deal of fun and enjoyment.

Locations and Eligibility

The Learn to Golf program offers local clinics, each consisting of a half-day session. Since the program’s inception, TSRHC has offered clinics in cities throughout Texas, including Austin, Bullard, Fort Worth, Plano, Dallas, Wichita Falls, Lewisville, Lubbock, Grand Prairie, Denison, Waco, Longview, San Antonio and Odessa.

Texas Scottish RIte Hospital Learn to Golf Program

All patients at TSRHC ages six and older are invited to participate in the Learn to Golf Program. In some cases, the program is able to provide adaptive equipment to help children with certain orthopedic or neurological challenges, such as scoliosis, clubfoot, hand disorders, hip disorders, limb length differences spina bifida and cerebral palsy. Trained instructors use other innovative methods to ensure that all children are able to participate in the program.

Through the Learn to Golf program, hundreds of children have discovered that their physical challenges don’t have to hold them back from fulfilling, fun activities. This program continues to help more pediatric orthopedic patients year after year through therapeutic recreation.