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Orthopedic surgeon Dr. David Lintner examines a student at Methodist’s annual preparticipation student physicals event at Reliant Stadium. Doctors and nurses line the concourse around Reliant, checking height, weight, blood pressure, vision, joints, etc., as well as the heart and the brain. What sets this event apart from others is that if a serious heart problem or a history of head trauma or concussion is detected, the athlete will see a specialist from the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center or the Methodist Concussion Center on site. “We recently detected a previously unrecognized heart condition in a young girl that placed her at risk for sudden death on the playing fi eld,” says Dr. Patrick McCulloch, an orthopedic surgeon with the Methodist Center for Sports Medicine at The Methodist Hospital. “She was treated and is doing well. Needless to say, she and her parents are grateful.” COVERING THE AREA The Methodist Center for Sports Medicine consults with nearly 175 high schools throughout Houston and the surrounding communities, and works closely with 50. “This means an athletic trainer goes out for weekly visits to evaluate injuries, expedites the specialty care that is needed within 24 hours, and educates players and coaches about things like concussions and safe play,” says Bobby Kinsley, manager of athletic training services with the Methodist Center for Sports Medicine. “Physicians will also spend weekend nights during the football season on the sidelines of many high school games.” The Methodist Hospital began its mass community physicals for high school students in 2010, and over the past few years, they have proven so successful that the practice has spread to other Methodist hospitals around the area. Methodist Willowbrook Hospital hosted its fi rst series of screenings this summer, one day each in May, June and August, and saw approximately 300 student athletes. In Fort Bend County, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital also hosted its fi rst community-wide screening for students last August at the new Constellation Field. “I enjoy being on the sidelines for high school games because high school athletics is the purest form of amateur sports, and I can just practice sports medicine,” says Dr. Timothy Sitter, an orthopedic surgeon with the Methodist Center for Sports Medicine in Sugar Land. “I think it’s important to have a physician and an athletic trainer on the sidelines because it provides an extra level of expertise in assessing an injury.” “Parents I have spoken with like the fact that doctors and athletic trainers are on the sidelines,” says Lintner, who is also the head physician for the Houston Astros and a team physician for the Houston Texans. “It gives them peace of mind to know that if their child is hurt that they are going to receive top-notch medical care immediately.” After the Friday night lights go dim, Methodist opens its clinic doors on Saturday morning in Baytown, Willowbrook, Sugar Land and West Houston, to give players an opportunity to have their injury evaluated by a specialist without having to wait until Monday. “An athlete can get an MRI and CT scan or concussion test if necessary. We have the ability to read them on site and can quickly formulate a plan to get them back on the fi eld as soon as possible,” Kinsley emphasizes. “Parents don’t have to miss work and the kids don’t have to miss school.” LEADERS IN THE FIELD Doctors at the Methodist Center for Sports Medicine are all board-certifi ed in sports medicine and take care of the Houston Texans, Houston Astros and Houston Dynamo, as well as Rice Athletics, University of Houston, Houston Ballet and Rodeo Houston. The center is also partnering with CES Performance and the Houston Dynamo on a new training facility at Houston Amateur Sports Park that will feature state-of-the-art therapeutic technology to better treat and train an athlete during the different levels of care. “Taking care of professional athletes is rewarding, but it is really great that we have the type of institution that goes the extra mile for student athletes as well,” McCulloch says. “It’s great for us to be able to give back to a community that has always supported us.” n To learn more or to schedule an appointment with a specialist, visit methodistorthopedics.com. Leading Medicine • Volume 7, Number 1 1 9


Leading Medicine Magazine, Vol 7, No 1 - 2013
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