Dr. Steven Flores, M.D. is an Assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Flores is the Team Physician for the Houston Texans and Houston Rockets and Head Team Physician for St. Thomas High School. Additionally, he is the Assistant Team Physician for the University of Houston athletics.
Dr. Flores is fellowship trained in sports medicine and arthroscopy at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.
We all have that kid who either wants to work really hard and just can't do to injury or that wants to use the injury as a reason to be lazy. We are also faced with man power issues in that if we cannot babysit those the whole time. Athletic Trainers need to have a list of exercises to pull from knowing we will not cause harm to the injured site.
Speaking of people who always want to keep working even if they have been told to rest… Rob is always looking for ways to improve the hydration of athletic trainers so that we have a few less things to worry about. Check out Frio Hydration for Superior Hydration products
Still in its infancy the ATCares program being rolled out by the NATA is a phenomenal resource that has been long over due. I am excited to be a part of the program and have been a helping hand in Bubba Wilson being asked to be the district 6 representative.
Here we focus on the reason for this, basic tips and the effects it has had so far.
My one big take away: Say “I've been in a similar situation” instead of “I know how you feel” because you truly do not know how that person feels.
In case you missed my story here is the full episodes where we dealt with the loss of an athlete.
Bubba Wilson has some questions about the NATA position statement and seeks clarification and understanding. Few injuries are as scary as spinal cord ones. To ensure we are following best practices and understand why we are doing what is recommended we have some experts give insight and explanation.
Number one determining factor is time under pressure. Get the athlete to a level 1 trauma center to reduce pressure on the spinal cord.
We also seek to discuss some of the practical ways to implement these skills into the secondary setting.
Dr. Mark Prasarn is the spine consultant for the Houston Texans and University of Houston. Some of his research has helped shape the way spine injuries are managed.
We are broadcasting live and interviewing the speakers of the Memorial Hermann's Sports Medicine Update. It is a great way to continue improving your athletic training practice. There are always new topics, new aspects of old topics and great re-freshers.
We plan to release the lecture and then the interview. Through the course of the summer the podcasts will be shorter, more frequent, and a lot more raw (less editing).
In episode 135 – Tragedy, Death, Grief, Healing we were fresh off the loss of an athlete in which we performed life-saving skills. We desire for each school to have an action plan in place to help the Athletic Trainers and coaches deal with the loss for the next 6 months, not just the next week.
Here is our action plan for you to submit to your district and have on file or in place before a catastrophic injury occurs.
Summer was packed with learning for me with 3 Sports Medicine conferences, and 1 podcast conference. I have learned a lot of things but that for the most part we are on the right track. We continue to improve by learning each week from the podcast, and I am working on continually improving the podcast for you.
Thanks for being part of the show Israel and Mickey.