Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children doctors presenting at PRiSM Conference

Jan 31, 2017 / Sports Medicine

A Look Inside PRiSM for Parents of Young Athletes – Sports Medicine

Scottish Rite Hospital recently co-hosted the fourth annual Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRiSM) meeting. The two-day conference included discussion of various clinical cases and medical professionals were able to share innovative ideas for research to provide better care for young athletes. Co-chair of the Program Committee for PRiSM and Assistant Chief of Staff at Scottish Rite Hospital, Philip Wilson, M.D., lined up over 75 presentations by physicians, physical therapists, movement science experts and even an expert in veterinary pathology.

The attendees represented more than 75 children’s hospitals, universities and major medical centers across the country and beyond. Here are some topics that were discussed this weekend:

  • Injury Prevention – We continue to see injuries in young athletes that are preventable. Though we work hard to identify the best ways to treat these injuries, our organizations must continue to share messages about how to prevent these.
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) – A small group of attendees spent an entire day discussing current research and future plans for studies to improve the treatment of OCD in the knee; the group is known as Research in Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee (ROCK).
  • Movement Science and Return to Sports – There is agreement across the country that returning to sports after an injury is an important decision that is not based on time; we must look at how the body has recovered and whether it is ready for the multidirection movements in sports. Evidence-based functional tests are recommended. At Scottish Rite Hospital, we use several, including the Y-Balance Test.
  • Sports Concussions As we learn more and more about concussions, experts continue to emphasize early recognition and medical clearance for returning to sports. Presenters shared survey results that show we have more work to do to help parents, coaches and young athletes to be confident with their knowledge and ability to recognize signs and symptoms of concussions.

You can read more about PRiSM and see a full program list on its website. Many of our sports medicine staff members attended and volunteered to help make the weekend a success. Events like these help us develop our team to provide outstanding care to young and growing athletes.

Learn more about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine.

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