New Sports Medicine Outpatient Center Opens at Baltimore’s MedStar Franklin Square

BALTIMORE - MedStar Health’s orthopaedic and sports medicine’s pre-eminence in the region continues to grow with the opening of the latest orthopaedic and sports medicine physician and therapy site on the campus of MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

“The new center features the expertise of MedStar Health orthopaedic and sports medicine primary care physicians, as well as MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network’s physical therapists in one location to serve this large east Baltimore County community,” says John Brickley, MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network vice president for ambulatory operations and network development.

“The program occupies two floors of the Medical Arts Building directly across the street from the hospital to provide convenient, seamless care to patients.”

East Baltimore’s First Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center
The center is the first in this area to provide a wide range of orthopaedic, sports medicine and rehabilitation services. “There has been a real need for specialized care of this magnitude in a centralized location,” Brickley says. “It’s been designed in keeping with our other orthopaedic and sports medicine centers in the Washington, D.C. area, and the Greater Baltimore region in Bel Air, Timonium and Ellicott City.

“In addition to sports medicine services, we provide full-service orthopaedic and musculoskeletal care for everything from back pain and joint replacement rehabilitation to orthopaedic injuries, as well as post-surgical care. Over time, we will be expanding services to include other specialty care, such as the expertise of a certified hand therapist in the therapy area,” he adds.

The joint project with MedStar Franklin Square—one of the largest hospitals in Baltimore with the busiest emergency room—features the skills of four physical therapists and a physical therapy assistant, says Jill Anderson, PT, MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network assistant vice president for the Baltimore region. “The 3,500 square-foot, fully equipped rehab gym is located adjacent to the physician offices and features the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill—unique technology that decreases the force of impact of walking and running, and increases it over time as injury heals,” Anderson explains.

“Our therapy services are focused on the full scope of sports injury rehab and prevention, including concussion care, and a ‘return to play’ program to rehab ACL knee injuries and ensure a safe return to sports activity,” she adds.

“Our physical therapists are orthopaedic certified specialists, and among the team are therapists with special certification in concussion and manual therapy,” says Laura H. Long, PT, regional director.

“We are treating both adolescents and adults—including weekend warriors and kids playing team sports. And for our patients’ convenience, we are open early and late, before and after work and school,” Long notes.

“Franklin Square Sports Medicine physicians and therapists provide services to athletes all over the area, including Maryland jockeys through the Horseman’s Health program and a variety of other professional level athletes,” Long adds.

Diverse Physician Expertise
Ten physicians are currently staffing the center, bringing together the teams of two practices with long histories of service to this community, explains David Cohen, MD, director of sports medicine at MedStar Franklin Square.

“The practice has a wide range of expertise, with orthopaedists who specialize in hand surgery, pediatrics, joint replacement surgery and general orthopaedics. Two primary care sports medicine physicians are also a critical part of the practice,” he adds.

“I provide services for the Baltimore Brigade arena football team, and Dr. Leigh Ann Curl provides orthopaedic care for the Baltimore Orioles. But we aren’t simply treating professional athletes: The center is also providing services to collegiate teams and high school athletes.

“The key feature of the center is our integrated care—including a shared waiting area for both physicians and therapists. Our location across from the hospital gives surgical patients ready access for post-procedure appointments and therapy. It is streamlined service that benefits our patients and promotes fuller recovery,” Dr. Cohen adds.

MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network at Franklin Square Medical Center
Sports Medicine ● Orthopaedic ● Musculoskeletal Services
9101 Franklin Square Drive, Suite 205
Baltimore, MD 21237
Phone: 410-282-2255 Fax: 410-238-1581

For Immediate Release

Contact: Derek T. Berry
Director of Communications
Ph: 202-877-1773
[email protected]

14th Annual Super H 5K Run, Walk & Wheel Raises Nearly $53,000 For Adaptive Athletes

McLean, VA – Oct. 3, 2017 — The 14th Annual Super H 5K Run, Walk & Wheel held on Sunday, Sept. 24 at Sport & Health in Tysons Corner, VA,  raised nearly $53,000 which benefits the adaptive sports athletes with MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRN). Proceeds from the race assist the Network’s sports teams which include wheelchair basketball, quad rugby, handcycling, sled hockey and more, in traveling to tournaments, purchasing new equipment and uniforms.

This year’s race, attended by a record 311 runners, walkers and wheelers, helps former MedStar NRN patients and those in the community to participate in various adaptive sports, and also allows anyone with a disabling condition or disability to attend fitness classes held at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in D.C., and in Northern Virginia. Those who attend the fitness classes can use the equipment that patients use for therapy in a wide open gym and take part in activities all in an effort to stay active, fit and healthy.

“We sincerely appreciate all of the generosity of our sponsors and those who attended this year’s race,” said Joan Joyce, director of recreation therapy and community relations for MedStar NRH. “Our adaptive athletes are very grateful for all of the support they receive as well as those coming for our fitness classes. It really means a lot to everyone.”

MedStar NRN thanks all of this year’s race sponsors including: Volkswagen Group of America; Reyes Holdings; Darren Star Productions; SES; Streetsense; Tetra Tech; Gregorio’s; Greenhill; NuMotion; Hanger Clinic; Tri-Union Express; Progressions Salon; DPI Adaptive Fitness; District Amputee Care Center; ABC Home Medical; Dr. James Jelinek; Hollister; Stein Sperling Bennett DeJong Driscoll PC; Sport & Health Club of Tysons Corner; MetroLogo; and the Timmie Metz Band.

Category winners from this year’s race include:

  • 1st in Run/Female – Megan Heidt, Silver Spring, MD
  • 1st in Run/Male – Joseph Baremore, Silver Spring, MD
  • 1st in Handcycle/Female – Anne Hilliard, Silver Spring, MD
  • 1st in Handcycle/Male – Anthony Caparella, Silver Spring, MD
  • 1st in Wheelchair/Female – Margaret Redden, Arlington, VA
  • 1st in Wheelchair/Male – Bryce Doody, Rockville, MD

 

Complete race results can be found here.

Super H 5K Run, Walk & Wheel, is an annual race which was started by Harry and Renie Freedman. Harry, a former patient with MedStar NRN, lost his leg in a workplace accident many years ago. An avid athlete, Harry wanted to give back and help those in the community stay active through adaptive sports programs such as the ones MedStar NRN offers.

Next year’s race will take place in the fall of 2018.

If you were not able to attend this year’s race, but would still like to make a donation, go to: MedStarNRH.org/SuperH5K 

Click on the ‘Make An Online Gift’ button at the bottom. Be sure to indicate your donation is for the Super H 5K. Check donations should be sent to:  MedStar National Rehabilitation Network/102 Irving Street NW, Washington, DC 20010. Please write Super H5K on the MEMO line so we can make sure your donation is designated to our Adaptive Athlete Program.

If you are interested in sponsoring next year’s race contact Joan Joyce at 202-877-1420 or email [email protected].

For more information on the MedStar NRH Adaptive Sports Program, go to: medstarnrh.org/adaptivesports.

For photos of this year’s event click here  - Photo credit: Sharon Natoli

 

About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

The Network’s interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts provides comprehensive services to help people recover as fully as possible following illness and injury.  Rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists work hand-in-hand with other rehab professionals to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs.  Rehabilitation plans feature a team approach and include the use of state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical treatment based on the latest rehabilitation research.  

The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease, and sports and work-related injuries.

Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, DC and at more than 50 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region.  MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is fully accredited by The Joint Commission,  the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.

For more on MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Derek T. Berry
Director of Communications
Ph: 202-877-1773
M: 571-218-7594
[email protected]

Top of the Line Sports Performance Center Opens at Lafayette Centre

MedStar NRH is taking center stage at the new, state-of-the-art MedStar Health at Lafayette Centre, which opened in September 2016. Primary care services; a wide range of specialty medical care, including rehabilitation; diagnostic imaging; and surgical facilities are housed in 112,000 sq. ft., in two buildings in the heart of the nation’s capital convenient to Metro and with ample parking.

Comprehensive Sports Performance Lab

MedStar Health Orthopaedics and Sports Center occupies two floors of Building One and features the East Coast’s most sophisticated Sports Performance Lab. The lab is geared to the training and rehabilitation of athletes from across the country, as well as residents of the D.C. region.

“The center has been developed as MedStar Sports Medicine’s Greater Washington region flagship site exclusively dedicated to orthopaedics, sports medicine, physical therapy, performance enhancement and sports medicine-orthopaedic evaluations,” says John Brickley, vice president for ambulatory services and network development. “We’ve created a stateof-the-art center for the prevention and treatment of sports injury—and for the improvement of athletic performance for elite athletes and amateurs.”

MedStar NRH physiatrists and sports medicine physical therapists serve as the rehabilitation arm of MedStar Health Sports Medicine and work hand-inhand with the wide spectrum of sports medicine physician specialists across MedStar. MedStar Sports Medicine is the exclusive health care provider for several professional sports teams, as well as club teams and collegiate sports programs.

“The lab is equipped with the most advanced technology available to analyze and enhance sports performance,” says Lance Kelly, director of professional, collegiate and elite sports therapy.

Cutting-edge tools include 3D kinematic and ultra-high speed motion analysis and sports simulation testing and training on the facility’s basketball court, baseball pitching mound, and artificial turf and track.

The lab also features ViPerform™, a wireless sensor technology that tracks and measures how athletes move in real-time. “We can analyze a variety of movements including jumping, running and throwing as the athletes engage in the activity wearing motion and muscle activity sensors that record data at 200 frames per second,” explains Kelly.

The ViPerform™ software translates the data into meaningful results to help develop training plans that enhance performance—and prevent injury.

A unique Runner’s Clinic at the Lafayette Centre offers dual camera video gait analysis that allows therapists to review the runner’s head-to-toe biomechanics—critical information about posture, strength and flexibility that can leave runners open to re-injury. The clinic incorporates cross training and the use of the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill to decrease the force of impact, which is then increased over time as an injury heals.

 

Full Complement of Rehab Services 

MedStar NRH at Lafayette Centre also provides the complete complement of rehab services for musculoskeletal conditions, spine conditions, concussions, pain syndromes, cancer and lymphedema. In addition to physiatrists Jason De Luigi, DO, and B. Elizabeth Delasobera, MD, the center features a cadre of physical and occupational therapists, including certified hand therapists.

“The beauty of the Lafayette Centre is that we can do all we need to help patients in one location,” Kelly notes. “I can walk down the hall to consult with a physician and make an immediate therapy decision. We have diagnostic imaging and patients can have procedures here too. This makes care easier for patients to access and that means better outcomes.”

Learn more about MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network, Lafayette Centre.

Written by Emily Turk.

MedStar NRH 30th Anniversary Victory Awards® Gala Raises $135,000 In 10 Minutes for Adaptive Sports Program

MEDSTAR NRH 30th ANNIVERSARY VICTORY AWARDS® GALA
MedStar NRH 30th Anniversary Victory Awards® Gala

Honorees included Breaking Bad actor, RJ Mitte; former pediatric patient, Bensten Schone; D.C. businessman, Mark French

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 15, 2016 — MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) hosted its 30th anniversary Victory Awards® Gala at the Mellon Auditorium in D.C., on Wednesday, April 20. The emcee for this year’s ceremony was NBC4 anchor Doreen Gentzler.

The theme of MedStar NRH’s 30th Anniversary Gala was “A Celebration of Brazilian Culture & Saluting Those Who Have Faced Challenges Through Their Disabilities.” The evening featured a seated dinner and presentation of the Victory Awards® which honorees received for their courage in facing the challenges of overcoming disabilities.

This year’s honorees included:

  • RJ Mitte, award-winning actor from the hit AMC-TV show Breaking Bad
  • Bensten Schone, age 7, a former pediatric patient with MedStar NRH/Children’s National Health System Center for Children’s Rehabilitation
  • Mark French, D.C. businessman & former MedStar NRH patient

The three honorees were recognized for having shown exceptional strength and courage in the face of physical adversity. They serve as role models for all persons with disabilities.

All proceeds from this year’s Gala will support the new National Center for Brain Injury and Stroke Rehabilitation & Research, which is to be housed in a new addition at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital in D.C. The Center will help maintain the network’s national leadership position in brain injury rehabilitation and research.

This year’s event raised more than $135,000 for MedStar NRH Adaptive Sports para-athletes who compete in various sports such as wheelchair basketball and tennis; quad rugby; sled hockey; rowing; handcycling; and sit volleyball. If you would like to support our adaptive sports and fitness programs, our other philanthropic efforts go to http://www.medstarnrh.org/ways-to-give/#q={}

 


About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

The Network’s interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts provides comprehensive services to help people recover as fully as possible following illness and injury.  Rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists work hand-in-hand with other rehab professionals to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs.  Rehabilitation plans feature a team approach and include the use of state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical treatment based on the latest rehabilitation research.  

The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopaedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease, and sports and work-related injuries.

Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, DC and at more than 50 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region.  MedStar NRH is consistently ranked by physicians in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” for Rehabilitation, and is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.

For more on MedStar NRH and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.

 

For Immediate Release

Contact: Derek Berry
Director of Communications
Ph: 202-877-1773
M: 571-218-7594

[email protected]

MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Receives Donation of New Vehicle for Patients’ Therapy from Longtime Supporters Volkswagen Group of America & GEICO

 

NRH Geico News ReleaseWASHINGTON, DC – Nov. 18, 2015 – For disabled patients who hope to one day restore their independence by driving again, that day is a little closer. This past week MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) received a generous donation of a 2015 Volkswagen Passat, with special modifications and wrapping courtesy of GEICO.

The Passat’s decorative wrapping features GEICO Geckos, VW keys and each company’s logo. The stationary vehicle is designed to help patients recovering from a variety of disabling injuries and illnesses such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord and orthopaedic injuries, learn to safely transfer in and out of a car. The vehicle also serves an integral role in the MedStar NRH Driver’s Education Program’s evaluation process of patients yearning to regain the independence that only a driver’s license can provide. In both cases, patients are assisted by MedStar NRH occupational therapists. 

 “This generous gift helps our patients relearn skills that promote improved motor function and independence, and those skills learned in the hospital setting are immediately transferrable in a community setting,” said John Rockwood, President, MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and Senior Vice President, MedStar Health. “Both VW and GEICO connect with this goal, and understand that for our patients there is no greater independence than being able to travel in a car. We are truly honored that VW and GEICO have chosen to partner with us to make this new training vehicle a reality.”

The car was officially installed earlier this fall and patients have received tremendous benefit out of the vehicle. The VW video production team is chronicling the installation and unveiling of the vehicle for a special video to be released soon on the company’s media site.

“Volkswagen is proud to support MedStar NRH and its endeavors to help patients who have overcome incredible circumstances regain the autonomy of entering and egressing from a vehicle, as well as relearn driving skills,” said Machelle Williams, General Manager, Diversity & Corporate Social Responsibility, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “We are honored that the 2015 Passat can play such an important role in this next phase of the recovery process for MedStar NRH patients.”  

 “The benefits that the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network achieves on behalf of patients are remarkable,” said Greg Kalinsky, GEICO senior vice president and a member of the MedStar NRH board of directors.  “They can and have enriched the lives of many and we are pleased that we can support their breakthroughs.”

Photos from the event available here – feel free to download – photos by Sharon Natoli.

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About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

The Network’s interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts provides comprehensive services to help people recover as fully as possible following illness and injury.  Rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists work hand-in-hand with other rehab professionals to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs.  Rehabilitation plans feature a team approach and include the use of state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical treatment based on the latest rehabilitation research.  

The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease, and sports and work-related injuries.

Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, DC and at more than 40 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region.  MedStar NRH is consistently ranked by physicians in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” for Rehabilitation, and is fully accredited by The Joint Commission,  the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.

For more on MedStar NRH and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.

ABOUT VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA, INC.

Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. VWGoA operates a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as our financial arm VW Credit, Inc. Founded in 1955, the company's headquarters are in Herndon, Va.; VWGoA brings vehicles to the U.S. that marry the science of engineering and the art of styling, with the goal of offering attractive, safe, and eco-conscious automobiles that are competitive and set world standards in their respective classes. The company has approximately 6,000 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a network of approximately 1,000 dealers.

ABOUT GEICO

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 13 million private passenger customers, insuring more than 22 million vehicles (auto & cycle).

Using GEICO’s online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.

GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for boats, life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.

For more information, go to www.geico.com.

Contact: Derek T. Berry
Director of Communications
Ph: 202-877-1773
[email protected]

YOUTH ATHLETES, WEEKEND WARRIORS AIDED BY NEW DEVICE THAT HELPS FIND PRESSURE POINTS AFTER INJURY

 

FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS, MD – Aug. 10, 2015 – MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) is working with a company called PhysiMax, a startup company based in Israel to help youth athletes and weekend warriors who need rehabilitation with some technology to help identify pressure points, post-surgery to enable a faster rehabilitation process.

The PhysiMax device is a real-time device that allows physical therapists and sports medicine physicians the chance to review an athlete’s (weekend warrior or amateur/professional athlete) progress in rehabilitation by doing a series of movements and tests to see if they are doing better.

One test involves jumping off a box while a series of infrared buttons around the area of the injury shows a therapist on a computer screen, quickly, where pain may still be lingering on the patient.

This allows the athlete or weekend runner to return to activity or sports more quickly. The technology recently came to the MedStar NRH Network this summer and was built by graduate students from Georgia Tech University.

See this short video for more details:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJt_c0FSNHE

More from NBC4 WRC-TV Washington, D.C. –

 

 


 

About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

The Network’s interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts provides comprehensive services to help people recover as fully as possible following illness and injury.  Rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists work hand-in-hand with other rehab professionals to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs.  Rehabilitation plans feature a team approach and include the use of state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical treatment based on the latest rehabilitation research.  

The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease, and sports and work-related injuries.

Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, DC and at more than 40 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region.  MedStar NRH is consistently ranked by physicians in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” for Rehabilitation, and is fully accredited by The Joint Commission,  the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.

For more on MedStar NRH and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.

Contact:

Derek T. Berry
Director of Communications
Ph: 202-877-1773
M: 571-218-7594
[email protected]

ADAPTIVE ATHLETES BENEFIT FROM UNIQUE 5K RACE SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

 

MEDSTAR NATIONAL REHABILITATION NETWORK PRESENTS 12TH ANNUAL SUPER H 5K RUN, WALK & WHEEL!

McLean, Virginia – Aug. 4, 2015 — MedStar National Rehabilitation Network will host the 11th annual Super H 5K Run, Walk & Wheel on Sunday, September 20 for runners, walkers and adaptive athletes. The event begins and ends at the Sport & Health Club in Tysons Corner (8250 Greensboro Dr., McLean, Virginia 22102).

All proceeds from the race support MedStar NRH’s adaptive sports programs. These programs enable athletes with disabilities to compete in various sports such as wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, sled hockey, quad rugby, sit volleyball, hand cycling and rowing.

Funds raised from the Super H race have recently helped the MedStar NRH wheelchair basketball team placed in the top tier in the national wheelchair basketball tournament and is helping a paraswimmer to go to national and international meets to compete in the Paralympic Games in Rio.

“It is a thrill to see the adaptive athletes take off on their hand cycles, wheelchairs and some with just crutches doing the same event able-bodied athletes do…just a little differently,” said Harry Freedman, founder of the Super H 5K.

 Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the race begins at 8 a.m. The post-race party begins at 9 a.m., with refreshments from Paolo’s Ristorante in Reston and Muncheez in Georgetown. This year the party will have live music by acoustic guitarist Timmie Metz.

 The race registration fee of $30 supports the Adaptive Sports Program at MedStar NRH for children and adults with physical disabilities to pursue healthy, active lifestyles through recreational and competitive sports. The fee is $35 after September 1.

 For more information and to register online, go to: MedStarNRH.org/SuperH5K. Or call Leslie Concha at 202-877-1781.

 

About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

The Network’s interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts provides comprehensive services to help people recover as fully as possible following illness and injury.  Rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists work hand-in-hand with other rehab professionals to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs.  Rehabilitation plans feature a team approach and include the use of state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical treatment based on the latest rehabilitation research.  

The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease, and sports and work-related injuries.

Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, DC and at more than 40 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region.  MedStar NRH is consistently ranked by physicians in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” for Rehabilitation, and is fully accredited by The Joint Commission,  the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.

For more on MedStar NRH and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.

Contact:

Derek T. Berry
Director of Communications
Ph: 202-877-1773
M: 571-218-7594
[email protected]

Children’s National and MedStar Sports Medicine team up for Concussion Awareness in the District

WASHINGTON, DC – Children’s National Health System and MedStar Sports Medicine are spearheading a first-of-its-kind concussion awareness and training pilot program, funded by the District of Columbia Department of Health, to develop sustainable strategies for the District’s Athletic Concussion Protection Act of 2011. The Act applies to athletes in the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age and younger, who participate in any athletic program in or out of school. The Act requires coaches, parents, and school personnel be trained in concussion recognition and response, which compels the athlete to be removed from the field or court following a suspected concussion, only to return to play after a healthcare provider experienced in concussion management provides written clearance to do so.

Over the course of six months, Children’s National and MedStar Sports Medicine will provide education and training events for youth, student athletes, athletic program administrators, coaches, school nurses, teachers, and parents. The goal is to educate each group on how to identify a suspected concussion and when student athletes can return to school and play. Working with various government, school, parenting, and athletic organizations, the partners will continue to evaluate and improve concussion awareness, implement training programs, and help to develop and enforce the stipulations surrounding the Athletic Concussion Protection Act.

Co-Principal Investigator and MedStar NRH’s Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer Michael R. Yochelson, MD, believes in the importance of detection, stating, “It is critical that everyone involved in youth athletics has the ability to recognize the signs  and symptoms associated with concussion in order to remove student athletes  from play if a concussion is suspected.”

“Traumatic brain injuries affect millions of young athletes annually,” says grant lead, Children’s National Spokesperson, and Co-Principal Investigator Gerard Gioia, PhD. “By educating and working with the community to identify a concussion and manage it, we can ensure that our children have the greatest potential to succeed not just on the playing field but at school and the other aspects of their lives.” The partnership between Children’s National and MedStar Sports Medicine is an important one, as both organizations bring significant expertise and resources for the protection of student athletes from the effects of concussion.

While the first of a series of train the trainer events began today, June 18, the beginning of the grant’s activities began on May 11, 2015, when the grant leaders sponsored the event “Scholar Athletes to Successful Leaders,” at The City Club of Washington, DC. Shireen Atabaki, MD, MPH, from Children’s National presented the Concussion Care & Training Program. During her presentation, she emphasized the fact that the District of Columbia is the first jurisdiction to fund training and public awareness for Athletic Concussion Protection. This initiative will focus on underserved student athletes who are the most vulnerable. The day-long forum brought together District school athletic teams and DC Council Members, where they discussed various topics including workforce development, health, wellness, and concussions.

“The District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH) believes that establishing a pilot concussion program to support the Athletic Concussion Protection Act will help pave a national pathway for other states nationwide, as concussions affect young athletes everywhere. This is part of Mayor Bowser’s mandate to improve the health and wellness of the residents of our city,” notes DOH Director, LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, MD, MPH.

Although estimates of mild traumatic brain injuries, or concussions, are unclear at this time, well over 1 million are believed to occur annually among student athletes, making it a serious public health issue in the United States.

 

About Children’s National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is Magnet® designated, and was ranked among the top 10 pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report 2015-16. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is one of the nation’s top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. With a community-based pediatric network, seven regional outpatient centers, an ambulatory surgery center, two emergency rooms, an acute care hospital, and collaborations throughout the region, Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as an advocate for all children. For more information, visit ChildrensNational.org, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About MedStar Health

MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

About MedStar Sports Medicine

MedStar Sports Medicine, an initiative integrated throughout MedStar Health, is one of the premier sports medicine programs in the country. Over the past 30 years, MedStar Sports Medicine has grown to include more than 36 physicians, 23 certified athletic trainers and a network of therapists, nutritionists, and support staff at MedStar’s ten hospitals and diversified services. Focused on patient care, education, research and team relationships, this network of medical professionals is dedicated to enhancing the health and performance of all active people. More than 40 sports organizations, including the Washington Nationals, Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Baltimore Blast, and US Lacrosse, have chosen MedStar Sports Medicine as their official medical team. Visit us at MedStarSportsMed.org, or call 888-44-SPORT (888-447-7678).

Contact:

Emily Hartman
Children’s National Health System
[email protected]
202-476-4500

Derek Berry
MedStar Health
[email protected]
202-877-1773

Warmer Weather Means Proper Hydration When You Run, Workout

Courtesy of Megan Moran & the physical therapy/sports medicine team at MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network, Marymount – Arlington, VA

LRG_VIEW_drinking_water_imageWarmer weather is upon us and therefore it is a good time to review the importance of hydration during exercise.

Sweating is an important process that helps with temperature regulation of the body. The evaporation of sweat helps to cool the body’s temperature, but sweating leads to the loss of valuable fluids. Dehydration is the loss of too much of the body’s fluids and leads to negative effects on body functions. Dehydration with loss of 1-2 percent of the body’s weight may have a negative impact on sports performance and lead to an increase in heart rate, changes in mental function, decrease in muscle strength and endurance and a decrease in aerobic capacity. 

Even greater dehydration, greater than 3 percent loss of body weight, can lead to more severe conditions such as heat creams, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke.  Signs of dehydration include thirst, irritability, headache, weakness, dizziness, cramps, chills, vomiting, nausea, and decreased performance. Those who have a history of heat-related conditions such as heat cramps are at greater risk to experience another heat-related illness. 

What can be done to prevent the negative effects of fluid loss during exercise? 

  • It is important to hydrate properly everyday, throughout the entire day. 
  • Two to three hours prior to exercise, consume 17-20 ounces of water and another 7-10 ounces 20 minutes before exercise. 
  • After exercise, rehydration should be completed within two hours.
  • Water is great to rehydrate for short bouts of exercise, but for longer episodes (greater than 45 minutes) fluids with electrolytes and carbohydrates are beneficial. 

Carbohydrates replace lost glycogen and the electrolytes increase the speed of hydration. Although weight change is the best way to assess fluid loss during exercise, urine color can be used for a quick and inexpensive estimate. Be sure to speak with a sports medicine specialist if you have specific questions or concerns. 

 

For more on our MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network, Marymount site click here – http://www.medstarnrh.org/our-network/locations/marymount/

Their address/contact info is below:

Marymount
4040 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 120
Arlington, VA 22203
703.292.4060
[email protected]

 

*Source: Casa DJ, Armstrong LE, Hillman SK, et al. National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Fluid Replacement for Athletes. J Athl Train. 2000;35(2):212-224.

MedStar National Rehabilitation Network & Marymount University Collaborate on Arlington Outpatient Center

ARLINGTON, VA – May 20, 2015 — MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) has opened its newest outpatient center in the Ballston area of Arlington, in the same location as Marymount University’s academic center for their physical therapy program. The new center, located at 4040 Fairfax Drive near Marymount’s main campus, brings MedStar NRH’s total number of outpatient network locations to nearly 50. The Marymount site is the 6th to date for the Network in Northern Virginia.

The MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network-Marymount University center offers patients in the surrounding community and Marymount staff and students various physical and occupational therapy services for conditions such as concussion; foot and ankle injuries; orthopaedic injuries; running injuries; spine conditions and injuries; and general sports medicine.

Additionally, sports medicine physicians with MedStar NRH will work closely with Marymount’s student athletes to support their athletic teams as well as the Student Health Center. Marymount physical therapy students will also be able to train and be mentored at the center.

“MedStar NRH will support the training of Marymount’s physical therapy students, establish a scholarship program, and provide opportunities for clinical rotations across the Network to support Marymount University’s mission and academic program,” says John Brickley, MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network, Vice President of Ambulatory Operations and Network Development. “We also get to know the next generation of therapists, and they get to know us.”

John Rockwood, President of the MedStar National Rehabilitation Network and Senior Vice President, MedStar Health says “this collaboration will help train the next generation of physical therapists.”

An open house was held at the new center on Tuesday, May 19. Marymount began seeing patients earlier this year.

For more information go to the MedStar NRH website – MedStarNRH.org/Locations – or call 703-292-4060.

To view the photos from the open house, please click here: http://ow.ly/NcULZ 

 

About MedStar National Rehabilitation Network

The MedStar National Rehabilitation Network (MedStar NRH) is a regional system of rehabilitation care that offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient services in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

The Network’s interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts provides comprehensive services to help people recover as fully as possible following illness and injury.  Rehabilitation medicine specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists work hand-in-hand with other rehab professionals to design treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs.  Rehabilitation plans feature a team approach and include the use of state-of-the-art technology and advanced medical treatment based on the latest rehabilitation research.  

The Network provides comprehensive programs specifically designed to aid in the rehabilitation of adults and children recovering from neurologic and orthopaedic conditions such as amputation, arthritis, back and neck pain, brain injury, cancer, cardiac conditions, concussion, fibromyalgia, foot and ankle disorders, hand and upper extremity problems, post-polio syndrome, stroke, spinal cord injury and disease, and sports and work-related injuries.

Inpatient and day treatment programs are provided at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital located in Northwest Washington, DC and at more than 40 outpatient sites conveniently located throughout the region.  MedStar NRH is consistently ranked by physicians in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” for Rehabilitation, and is fully accredited by The Joint Commission, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), with CARF accredited specialty programs for Amputations, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke.

For more on MedStar NRH and to find a location near you, log on to MedStarNRH.org.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Derek Berry
Director of Communications
Ph: 202-877-1773
M: 571-218-7594
[email protected]