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Scottish Rite Hospital’s Sports Medicine Team Conducts Research in Young Athletes with ACL Tears

An expert in caring for growing athletes, our pediatric orthopedic surgeon Henry B. Ellis, M.D., was featured in a U.S. News & World Report article addressing the continued rise of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears in kids. This trend raises concern about why this is happening and how best to treat this population.

Since the treatment differs greatly between a child and an adult, Scottish Rite Hospital is conducting research to better understand this condition to determine the best treatment plan for these young athletes. When a child is in sports and an injury occurs, there are many factors to consider before deciding the treatment plan. In regards to an ACL reconstruction, identifying if a child’s bones are still growing is very important in determining the best and safest treatment.

When a young athlete tears his or her ACL, returning to sports may be difficult because the knee may continue to buckle or give way (i.e. the knee is unstable). A young athlete who describes an unstable knee may be a risk of further damage to their knee without consideration for surgical treatment for his or her ACL injury. Our team is evaluating the outcomes and body mechanics in patients who go through certain procedures to reconstruct the ACL in the growing athlete. During this particular procedure, the ACL is stabilized and the growth plates are not affected when the original ACL is replaced completely with a portion of the patient’s own iliotibial band (IT band). Where other studies have evaluated the effect of this procedure on stability of the knee and growth changes, Ellis and his team including Assistant Chief of Staff, Philip L. Wilson, M.D., are evaluating whether removing a portion of the IT band to repair the ACL causes any lasting changes. Ellis says, “We are evaluating the results of the current best practice in young athletes so that we can ensure we are not causing new problems by solving one.” Some changes that have not yet been described may be weakness or functional changes in other areas of the body. Our study uses different tests performed in our Movement Science Lab to evaluate how patients walk and move at different time points after the surgery.

With the continued rise of ACL tears and many other types of injuries in young athletes, prevention, treatment and return to sports timing have all become important research topics. As research continues to move from one question to the next, experts at Scottish Rite Hospital are dedicated to finding answers to provide the best possible care to each of our patients.


Our Sports Medicine Team in the Community

SMYC blogOur pediatric sports medicine team is committed to making sure young athletes have the right care in the right place at the right time. In order for that to happen, we invite the community to educational events throughout the year. For example, we offer splinting workshops in physician offices led by our Fracture Clinic team, athletic trainer education at local high schools, and coaches and parent meetings for sports organizations.

We recently held our second annual Sports Medicine for Young Athletes: An Update for Pediatric Providers event in Frisco. More than 80 providers in the community joined us for a day of pediatric sports medicine topics.

SportsWe were pleased to have Benjamin D. Levine, M.D., faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has done extensive research and training in the area of cardiovascular health for young athletes, and he has a particular interest in evaluating the use of the echocardiogram (ECG) for pre-participation screening for young athletes.

We know that many parents look to their pediatrician for advice when it comes to the health and safety of their young athletes. We are committed to keeping the most current information in pediatric sports medicine available to local providers through events like this and we plan to continue annually.

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

Scottish Rite Hospital: The Leader in Treating Hand Disorders

From a child’s hands, imagination becomes creation. Through their hands, children explore the world around them. For thousands of children with hand and upper limb disorders, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has been a source of hope and healing.

The Center for Excellence in Hand delivers a setting for both patient care and clinical research focused on the treatment for pediatric patients with hand and upper limb disorders, says Scott Oishi, M.D., the center’s director. “Our clinical practice [treats] a variety of children who are either born with congenital hand differences or upper extremity differences, or patients who have had trauma or something happen to them after they’re born,” he says. “There are a lot of patients who come through here and get no surgery at all because all they really need is a lot of encouragement and ability to grow and expand their horizons.”

Oishi and staff hand surgeon Christopher M. Stutz, M.D., have the privilege of seeing many of their pediatric patients from the time they’re a few days old until the time they become 18 years old. “We’re able to keep a database of our patients as far as what type of diagnosis they have, what type of surgeries they underwent, and what their outcomes were, based on very good outcome measures,” Oishi says.

The doctors of the Center for Excellence in Hand are able to understand the best form of treatment for each child through their dedication to research. One of the research studies in the center focuses on the impact of participating in Hand Camp has on school-aged children with a congenital hand difference. Our doctors and researchers evaluate a child’s self-esteem, function and participation in activities, as well as their relationship with peers before and after attending Hand Camp. From treating children with congenital hand abnormalities, such as webbed fingers, reconstructing children’s hands with extra digits, or changing the position of fingers on hands, the center strives to give children back their childhood through the hospital’s world-renowned patient care and groundbreaking research. The Center for Excellence in Hand is committed to helping children with congenital hand anomalies become active, happy, productive, and independent adults.


Future North Campus Construction is Underway

The groundbreaking celebration for Scottish Rite Hospital’s future North Campus in Frisco took place last fall. The event marked the start of construction on the hospital’s first-ever satellite campus since the institution’s founding in 1921.

Since then, excavation and clearing of the 40-acre parcel, located at the northeast corner of Lebanon Road and the Dallas North Tollway, has commenced. The hospital’s ambulatory surgery center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.

In the meantime, the hospital’s Plano location at 7000 West Plano Parkway is offering world-renowned sports medicine care to young athletes. In addition, the interim facility offers a fracture clinic, sports therapy, sports-related concussion treatment, a hand clinic and general orthopedic services to patients throughout North Texas.

Paying it FORE-ward

Patient Lauren, age 17, of Dallas, is a natural on the fairway. She was introduced to golf in the third grade when she attended Learn to Golf, an instructional golf program that Scottish Rite Hospital offers its patients. She’s been making tee times and swinging her clubs ever since. Lauren became a hospital patient when she received a diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis at age 2.

Screen Shot 2017-04-10 at 12.47.18 PM“She was treated for about a year and a half and then her arthritis went into remission for 13 years,” her mom, Kammie Campagna says. “Strangely enough, about two years ago, she felt her knees aching, and we came for an MRI and learned that the arthritis had returned.”

Lauren hasn’t let her diagnosis keep her off the course. One of her proudest golf achievements is her participation in KidSwing, an annual golf tournament for kids benefiting Scottish Rite Hospital patients. A participant since 2011 and junior committee member since 2014, Lauren has used her love of golf as a way to give back to Scottish Rite Hospital. She has raised more than $3,000 — and had fun doing it.

“KidSwing’s mission of kids helping kids is awesome and the tournaments are a blast,” Lauren says. “It’s so important to me to give back to the hospital after everything they have done for me.”

This spring, Lauren will lead the Lady Friars of the Bishop Lynch High School golf team in their pursuit to return to the state championship tournament. On National Signing Day 2017, Lauren committed to play golf at the University of Texas at Dallas this fall, where she will pursue a major in speech-language pathology and audiology.

Crayon Club to Host Character Breakfast

Scottish Rite Hospital’s Crayon Club is hosting their annual magical meet-and-greet experience complete with more than 20 favorite children’s characters (ie: super heroes, team mascots and princesses) on Saturday, June 17 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. The event will feature breakfast, an autograph session, silent auction, face painting and other activities.

Set Up

Tickets are:
Child Ticket: $15
Adult Ticket: $25
Table (for 8): $150
Note: Admission is free for children under two. 

Crayon Club was established to unite individuals dedicated to improving the lives of children. Together, through volunteerism, education and philanthropy, Crayon Club supports the mission of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.


Join Crayon Club on Facebook to read more about upcoming fundraising and volunteer opportunities and see photos from recent events!

Super heros; Coen Carpenter as Capt. America; Nickolas Garcia; Kingston Edwards

Reese Pritchett, Ellie Pritchett, Lexie Pritchett, Snow White

Babies and Clubfoot: Learning the Basics of the Condition

What is a clubfoot? A clubfoot is a congenital foot abnormality. It is one of the most common pediatric orthopedic conditions. The heel tilts in and down, and the forefoot is also turned in. Without treatment, a patient with a clubfoot will walk on the outside of the foot which may produce pain and/or disability. A clubfoot is usually smaller than an unaffected (normal) foot. The calf is also usually smaller on the side of the clubfoot. One or both feet may be affected.

Why does it happen? The exact cause of the clubfoot is unknown. It cannot be prevented, but it is treatable. A child with a clubfoot should still grow and develop normally and be able to walk, run and play sports.

How is it treated? Treatment may involve casting, stretching, bracing or even surgery. The goal of treatment of the clubfoot is to have a functional, pain-free foot with good mobility and strength.

Two non surgical techniques are used in newborns and young infants. The first consists of daily stretching, taping and splinting by a physical therapist and parent. The second consists of weekly cast changes by an orthopedist followed by bracing.

Every child is different. Depending on the patient, the doctor will explain each option to determine the best possible treatment plan.

For more information about clubfoot and becoming a patient at Scottish Rite Hospital, visit scottishritehospital.org/clubfoot.

Our Tips for Non-Weight Bearing Activities

Wheelchair blogEnvisioning a major lifestyle change can be a challenge. Transitioning from being a busy and active young person to being a wheelchair can be tough to visualize. Being in a wheelchair does not mean being inactive, it only means redefining activities. What does your child like to play and how can you change this activity to continue their interest and activity level? This post contains many ideas to help your child to remain active. You and your child can come up with your own activities and games as well.

Important: All activities must be discussed with your doctor before participating. The non- weight bearing status must be maintained at all times.

Adapting Activities

Adapting activities can be easy if you think outside the box. This means making the activity fit your child’s needs by changing different aspects of the activity, including the rules and structure. The same activities can still be fun and challenging for you and your child. Below are some ideas for adapting activities.


  • Allow more bounces in a game (i.e. basketball, tennis, volleyball, etc.).
  • Allow for multiple hits in a sport (i.e. baseball, volleyball, tennis, etc.).
  • Allow different scoring system for points.
  • Vary the passing styles.
  • Reduce or extend time to perform the action for the sport.


  • Use lighter bats or racquets.
  • Use shorter handles on racquets or similar equipment.
  • Change the size or type of ball used for an activity. For example, for tennis, use a lowpressure ball; for baseball, use a softball; and for volleyball, use a beach ball or a balloon.


  • Decrease the size of the court or playing area.
  • Lower basketball nets or hoops.
  • Change the standard boundaries of a game.

Activity Ideas


  • Begin with a smaller basketball and lower hoop. This can help to develop coordination of shooting hoops from a wheelchair.
  • Slowly increase up to a standard size basketball and raise the hoop a little daily or weekly.
  • Play a game of H-O-R-S-E with your child if he or she enjoys being competitive.
  • Make sure your child maintains non-weight bearing status.


  • Tennis can be played from a seated position.
  • Most high schools and parks have tennis courts that are open to the public.
  • Using smaller, lighter racquets with shorter handles and low-pressure tennis balls are ways to modify the game for your child.
  • Remember to be patient with your child when playing tennis in a wheelchair. 5. Make sure your child maintains non-weight bearing status.


  • Start by using a balloon or beach ball with a string tied up horizontally as a ‘net’.
  • Once your child is comfortable with hitting the lighter objects, then he or she can begin using a beach ball or volleyball
  • Make sure your child maintains non-weight bearing status.

Wheelchair Mobility

  • Have your child learn to wheel themselves in the wheelchair.
  • This can be an aerobic workout. Wheeling themselves everywhere they go helps develop strength and provides cardio exercise.
  • You can create games or races to see how far your child can go without getting tired.Consider racing them on a smooth sidewalk or go on family walks in the evening.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the therapeutic recreation department or your doctor for further assistance.

Mavs Launch New Health and Wellness Resource for Aspiring Young Athletes

TScreen Shot 2017-03-07 at 2.07.40 PMhe Dallas Mavericks are back for the summer of 2017 with Mavs Basketball Academy, which includes Hoop Camp presented by Academy Sports & Outdoors, Elite Camp, Overnight Camp, Dance Camp and a new Health Program presented by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Mavs Basketball Academy (MBA) is dedicated to bringing the excitement of the NBA to the DFW community and is the #1 source for professional basketball and dance training for all skill levels.


The new Health arm of MBA will provide resources and training clinics utilizing the sports medicine experts from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, North Texas’ authority on sports health and injury prevention.  The goal is to educate young athletes and dancers, their parents and coaches on current recommendations for safe participation, proper training, recognizing and responding to injuries and sports injury prevention during MBA activities throughout the year.

“As pediatric sports medicine specialists, we are passionately committed to preventing injuries that keep young athletes out of sports. We share a vision with the Mavs Academy that children will be healthy and active well into their adult lives,” said Henry B. Ellis, M.D. pediatric sports medicine surgeon at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. “This partnership will impact the future of many young and growing athletes.”


Registration is open now for both Mavs Basketball Academy Hoop Camps and Elite Camps, presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.  MBA Summer Camps provide kids ages 8-18 the fundamentals of the game, the opportunity to meet new teammates, learn sportsmanship and have plenty of fun, coached by the best coaching staff in the NBA. Throughout the summer, campers will receive visits from Mavs players and coaches, and each participant will receive a goodie bag including a pair of Mavs Game Tickets to a 2017-2018 preseason game.

Hoop Camps are a week-long, Elite Camps are 3 days a week and both begin June 5th and run through the beginning of August.

Mavs Basketball Academy is also bringing back Overnight Camp for a 2nd season, slated for June 11-15, at the University of Texas at Arlington.  This 4-night camp includes meals at the UTA cafeteria, boarding in university dorm rooms and the opportunity to meet a Dallas Mavericks player and front office staff.

The Mavs Dance program, also in its second year, is led by the ever-popular Dallas Mavericks Dancers.  The Mavs Dance Program is the top choice for dance instruction in the metroplex. Children of all skill levels will learn the fundamentals and exercises that helped form the best dance team in the NBA.

Camp will place special emphasis on self-confidence, technique, fitness, and most of all, fun.  Campers will receive a Mavs game ticket to a 2017-2018 pre-season game, Mavs Dancer poster and a camp t-shirt.  They will also have the opportunity to dance during halftime at a Mavs pre-season game.

The Mavs Dance program will be held 3 days a week, are located in Dallas, Plano, Grapevine and Allen, and run from June 14th through July 28th.

For more detailed information including summer schedule, locations and to register for camps, visit mavs.com/basketballacademy or call 214.747.MAVS.

Mavs Basketball Academy is sponsored by: Scottish Rite Hospital, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Nike and Lexus.

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?


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.