Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) made a splash this week with a surfing trip for young patients. Giving new meaning to the term “patient care,” the Adaptive Sports Academy at Lerner Children’s Pavilion at HSS treated 12 patients, along with some of their siblings, to sand and surf in Long Beach, Long Island.
The Academy enables young people with cerebral palsy or another physical challenge to experience the benefits of exercise. The program’s trips and recreational experiences aim to build their self-confidence, encourage independence, and increase physical activity and mobility. The excursions are offered without cost, thanks to the generosity of donors.
Adaptive surfing and other activities are competitive or recreational sports for people with disabilities. Sometimes rules or equipment is modified to meet the needs of participants. Some are understandably nervous at first, but they almost always exceed their own expectations and have a blast.
Two research teams at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) have been awarded grants by the NBA and GE Healthcare Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Collaboration. This strategic partnership between NBA and GE Healthcare was launched to collaborate with leading clinical researchers to address the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries affecting NBA players and everyday athletes.
A team led by Brett Toresdahl, MD, primary care sports medicine physician at HSS, received a grant of nearly $300,000 that will go towards investigating the use of ultrasound imaging to monitor healing and guide readiness of return to play in athletes with bone stress injuries.