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Leading Medicine Magazine, Vol 7, No 1 - 2013

High school basketball center Adam Ward, pictured with physical therapist Jennifer Fedee, is using the arm bike to warm up his arm, chest and upper back muscles. GOING THE EXTRA MILE METHODIST WORKS OVERTIME to ENSURE THE SAFETY of HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES By George Kovacik t’s Saturday morning and hundreds of high school kids and their coaches are piling onto school buses. This time, their destination is Reliant Stadium. No, they will not be playing in the state fi nals or working out with the Houston Texans, they will be doing something much more important. They will be getting a preparticipation physical. I For the past fi ve years, The Methodist Hospital System has sponsored a “one-stop shop” for youth extracurricular preparticipation physicals. Every May, doctors in internal medicine; pediatrics; ear, nose and throat; cardiology; neurology; and orthopedic surgery; as well as nurses, fellows, physical therapists and athletic trainers; give their time to make sure more than a thousand kids are healthy enough to participate in school activities. “In 2009, Texas led the nation in the number of uninsured children. For many, this event serves as the only time they will see a doctor,” explains Dr. David Lintner, an orthopedic surgeon with the Methodist Center for Sports Medicine at The Methodist Hospital and the medical director of the event. “This gives us the chance to fi nd problems that have gone undetected in the past and prevent a possible catastrophic health issue.” 18 methodisthealth.com/leadingmedicine


Leading Medicine Magazine, Vol 7, No 1 - 2013
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