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Dr. Christian Schupp of the Methodist Center for Sports Medicine Publishes Research Findings in American College of Sports Medicine Journal

Willowbrook, TX - 6/28/2013

Co-Authoring with Dr. Alysia Bedgood, “Sideline Management from Head to Toe of the Skeletally Immature Athlete” Appears in Recent issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports

Dr. Christian Schupp, a primary care sports medicine physician who is board certified in family medicine and fellowship trained in sports medicine, publishes work and furthers research at Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine - home to an elite group of orthopedic and sports medicine physicians. His work appears in the recent issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Collaborating with colleague, Dr. Alysia Bedgood, the article, “Sideline Management from Head to Toe of the Skeletally Immature Athlete,” provides valuable insight into the differences between musculoskeletal injuries affecting the young verses the adult athlete and the importance of an individualized treatment plan.

Christian Schupp, M.D., primary care sports medicine physician.

According to Schupp, while there are many articles on specific injury patterns and types of injuries that occur in sports, there is very little addressing the sideline management with a specific focus on the injuries affecting young athletes.

“Our article reviews the most common injuries that can occur with the young athlete from head to toe in comparison to a skeletally mature or adult athlete. We address how to approach these injuries from a sideline and sports medicine perspective, thus providing insight for health care professionals to evaluate and treat young athletes - as well as determine when they can safely return to sports,” said Schupp.

“Our article reviews the most common injuries that can occur with the young athlete from head to toe in comparison to a skeletally mature or adult athlete. We address how to approach these injuries from a sideline and sports medicine perspective, thus providing insight for health care professionals to evaluate and treat young athletes - as well as determine when they can safely return to sports,” said Schupp.

Dr. Schupp is part of one of the most innovative Primary Care Sports Medicine (PCSM) Fellowship programs in the country and lectures nationally on sideline preparedness. He holds a certificate of added qualifications in sports medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is the medical director for The Woodlands Marathon and is a team physician for several local Houston high schools. He also serves as an advisor to a number of professional groups - including NCAA Football and Basketball, Iron Man (Kona and The Woodlands), triathlons, marathons and professional tennis and cycling.

“We have a unique team focused on the overall health of the athlete, not just a disease process or organ system - but rather the whole athlete and active individual. This type of research and the work that Dr. Schupp does with athletes of all ages in our community is gradually changing the future of sports medicine,” said Dr. Scott Rand, director of the PCSM Fellowship Program and the Methodist Center for Sports Medicine’s Human Performance Lab located on the Methodist Willowbrook Hospital campus.

Dr. Schupp is part of a 10-physician orthopedic and sports medicine group. Board certified and fellowship trained, many of the physicians serve as team physicians for high school, collegiate and professional sports teams throughout Texas. Many also work in extended educational realms for organized sports clubs and travel with US teams, including the US Youth Olympic Weightlifting team and the US Soccer team.

The next “All School Activities” sports physicals are scheduled for August 3 from 8 a.m. - noon and weekend sports injury clinics begin Saturday, August 23 - both at 13802 Centerfield Drive. To learn more about the Methodist Center for Sports Medicine and upcoming sports health activities call 281-737-0902.

About Methodist Willowbrook Hospital

Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is a not-for-profit, faith-based hospital, which is part of The Methodist Hospital System. The facility opened on December 18, 2000. The campus has expanded in Northwest Houston to serve the comprehensive health care needs of the community.

Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has received its chest pain and stroke accreditations, performs complex surgeries such as neurosurgery and open heart, and focuses on women and children in its new Women’s & Children’s Pavilion. Utilizing the latest research and state-of-the-art technology, Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Willowbrook has become the leader in orthopedic care in northwest Houston.

For more information on the comprehensive services available on the Methodist Willowbrook campus, please visit methodistwillowbrook.com. For a physician referral, call 281-737-2500.