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Methodist Sugar Land Hospital opens new sports medicine fellowship program

Sugar Land, TX - 5/3/2013

Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas (MOST) and Methodist Sugar Land Hospital are now offering an accredited primary care sports medicine fellowship program, designed to provide new physicians with the in-depth training needed to care for today’s athlete.

The program will begin this year with one fellow and is expected to grow in the future, said Dr. David Braunreiter, board certified primary care sports medicine specialist,  who will manage the fellowship for MOST.

David Braunreiter, M.D.David Braunreiter, M.D.

Primary care sports medicine is a rapidly growing specialty, driven by the advance of highly competitive youth sports and an increase in the number of adults participating in physically demanding activities such as running, swimming, skiing and more.

“The need for sports medicine has grown beyond its roots in professional and college athletics,” said Dr. Braunreiter.  “Primary care sports medicine physicians provide much more than orthopedic injury management, which is what most people think of when they hear ‘sports medicine.’  In addition to orthopedic injury management, primary care sports medicine physicians are also involved in the management of a wide range of medical conditions as they pertain to the athletic environment, including concussions, asthma, blood pressure, diabetes, epilepsy, illness/infection and overall safety of participation.   Our fellowship program will provide advanced training – beyond the regular medical training primary care physicians receive – to equip our trainees with knowledge needed to help active and athletic individuals recover from medical conditions and injuries and participate in good health.”

In addition to providing specialized training to participants, the fellowship program will enable MOST to extend its already extensive sports medicine services.

“The fellowship program will give us additional resources to see patients on a regular basis as well as improve our community outreach,” said Dr. Braunreiter.  “For example, our fellow could conduct educational seminars on relevant topics, provide medical coverage for tournaments, games and practices, handle pre-participation physicals and even conduct field research.”

Dr. Braunreiter has directed sports medicine fellowship programs twice before, and he is excited about the opportunity to do so again on behalf of MOST and Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

“This is an invaluable program for new physicians who are interested in primary care sports medicine,” he says.  “But it’s also an important asset for MOST and for the patients we serve.  MOST is well-known for its commitment to the community and to athletes of all levels, and having a full-time fellow will enable us to do even more.”

The program at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital joins a similar fellowship program started recently at Methodist Willowbrook Hospital.   Participants in both programs will work with physicians and orthopedic surgeons throughout Houston in treating all level of athletes, and will be involved in hands-on learning in training rooms and on the sidelines for a wide range of high school, college and professional sports teams.

“It’s important to remember that our fellows will already have completed fellowships in their primary specialty, so they are physicians who are undergoing additional training to improve their knowledge of the sports medicine specialty,” said Dr. Braunreiter.  “MOST has highly experienced and skilled physicians with a wide range of sports medicine expertise, and working with them will be an extremely valuable experience for our fellows, which in turn will translate into even better care for patients.”

For an appointment with Dr. Braunreiter, or one of the MOST physicians, call 281-494-MOST (6678).