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Internationally Renowned Athletes Fueled by 'Playground to Podium' Care from Texas Children's Hospital
U.S. Olympic ice dancer and Texas Children’s Hospital patient Jean-Luc Baker, 28, competes with his partner, Kaitlin Hawayek. Texas Children’s Hospital is a Team USA National Medical Center and Official Pediatric Medicine Provider of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), offering expertise to athletes in coordination with USOPC medical practitioners.
As a Team USA National Medical Center, Texas Children’s Extends Head-to-Toe Care for Elite Athlete
HOUSTON (Feb. 15, 2022) — As a Team USA National Medical Center and the Official Pediatric Medicine Provider of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), Texas Children’s Sports Medicine and Orthopedics surgeons, physical therapists, dietitians, and psychologists stand ready to extend the care they’ve long provided to the world’s best athletes throughout their journeys from the ‘playground to the podium.’
“At Texas Children’s Hospital, we are honored to provide comprehensive care across the entire medical spectrum for elite athletes through our relationship with the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC),” said Dr. Jeffrey Shilt, Vice Chair of Surgery-Community at Texas Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Sports Medicine Liaison to the USOPC, and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Board for USA Cycling.
Pediatric providers often bring a unique perspective to caring for congenital conditions even into adulthood because of their extensive experience treating them throughout a patient’s childhood and teenage years. This is one of the reasons Texas Children’s Hospital developed its renowned Adult Congenital Heart Program — a specialist from which also supports the USOPC. Similarly, Texas Children’s Transition Medicine team focuses on collaboration between a patient’s pediatrician and future adult provider, with particular attention on patients with complex medical needs.
A direct beneficiary of Texas Children’s Sports Medicine and Orthopedics care, U.S. Olympic ice dancer and 2018 Four Continents Champion, Jean-Luc Baker, 28, is grateful for the whole-body care he received from the nation’s largest children’s hospital. He traveled to Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands from his training center in Montreal, Canada for a full-body assessment in the wake of two significant concussions that caused lasting sensory deprivations. “For three to four days, I underwent comprehensive testing at Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, working with at least a dozen highly specialized physicians, dietitians, and other providers to understand the source of my sensory issues and develop a tailored treatment plan to keep me at the top of my game,” said Baker. “It was one of the most intense experiences of my life, but in the best way possible!”
He notes, “Texas Children’s Hospital really helped me have a significantly better understanding of my body and how to fine-tune it to be the best athlete I possibly can be.”
In addition to Baker, Texas Children’s Hospital wishes a number of other athletes the best in their performances.
Many other athletes have benefited from the Motion Analysis and Human Performance Laboratory at Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. Whether to recover from an injury or to ensure their peak performance, these athletes enjoy the support of a team of physicians, therapists, biomechanists and exercise physiologists to analyze their movement patterns, muscle activation and force generation en route to better health.
In addition to providing world-class pediatric care, the Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women provides comprehensive care for women, with specialized providers to support the growing number of female athletes, ranging from amateur to world class. Under the leadership of Drs. Chimsom T. Oleka and Sara Arian, a team of women’s health experts provide comprehensive reproductive and medical care to female athletes of all ages, throughout all stages of their reproductive years — meeting the medical, psychological, and athletic needs of females from birth and beyond.
For more information about the nationally renowned Sports Medicine & Orthopedics program at Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, please visit https://www.texaschildrens.org/departments/sports-medicine. To learn more about how Texas Children’s helps power and support the dreams of athletes, please visit www.caringforthedream.org.
About Texas Children’s Hospital
Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Tower for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, the first hospital devoted to children’s care for communities north of Houston. The organization also created Texas Children’s Health Plan, the nation’s first HMO for children; Texas Children’s Pediatrics, the largest pediatric primary care network in the country; Texas Children’s Urgent Care clinics that specialize in after-hours care tailored specifically for children; and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.
About the USOPC
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and the National Paralympic Committee for the United States. The USOPC is focused on protecting, supporting and empowering America’s athletes, and is responsible for fielding U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, and serving as the steward of the Olympic and Paralympic movements in the U.S. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org.