MedStar Montgomery Medical Center, MedStar Sports Medicine & MedStar National Rehabilitation Network Establish Partnership with the Olney Boys and Girls Club
Affiliation to Provide Athletes, Coaches and Families with Access to Experts in Injury Prevention, Management and Education
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center in conjunction with MedStar Sports Medicine and the MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network has established a partnership with the Olney Boys and Girls Club that will provide the organization with ongoing access to many of the region’s top experts in the prevention and management of sports injuries.
The Olney Boys and Girls Club, founded in 1969 as one of the first youth sports clubs in Maryland, is dedicated to providing children with a structured and safe environment to learn to play sports and expend some of the energies of youth. Today, the organization provides services to more than 7,000 children annually operating from its headquarters at Freeman Fields, a former 118-acre farm that it purchased in 1998.
“The Olney Boys and Girls Club is delighted to partner with MedStar Health. It’s a partnership that will add value to the services we offer and truly benefit the local community,” says Ken Bradford, executive director of the Olney Boys and Girls Club. “This partnership will help parents, coaches and athletes prevent injuries, promote healthy lifestyles and when the need arises, enable parents to obtain the best care in sports medicine for their children. It’s an exciting collaboration and we look forward to working together on a number of initiatives to address some of the most common topics in sports medicine.”
MedStar Sports Medicine is the official medical team of the Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Blast, Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, US Lacrosse and many of the collegiate, high school and recreational teams in the region. Along with its team coverage and clinical care, MedStar Sports Medicine is known for its specialized expertise in the areas of sports injury epidemiology and injury surveillance and has specialty programs dedicated to ACL injury prevention, concussion care and prevention, pediatric and adolescent sports medicine, and sport biomechanics.
The MedStar NRH Rehabilitation Network, ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best hospitals for rehabilitation, has been providing its state-of-the-art services to area residents for 30 years. It’s team of experts, which includes certified athletics trainers as well as physical therapists and other specialists, also have extensive experience caring for athletes of all levels.
The Olney Boys and Girls Club offers children of all ages the opportunity to learn and participate in sports that include baseball, basketball, field hockey, football, lacrosse, soccer, softball and wrestling. The organization also offers a variety of popular summer camps.
“We are committed to partnering with the community in health, wellness and prevention…not just when people are sick. This is an exciting opportunity for us to do that,” notes Thomas J. Senker, FACHE, president, MedStar Montgomery, and senior vice president, MedStar Health. “We have been a proud supporter of the Olney Boys and Girls Club for many years. It’s a fantastic organization that makes a difference in young lives every day and we are thrilled to further strengthen our relationship through this partnership.”
In addition to working directly with the young athletes and their coaches, the MedStar Health experts will be offering a variety of seminars, lectures and screenings starting this fall on topics ranging from concussions to ACL injuries to sports nutrition and the use of dietary supplements and more. A schedule of events can be found at www.medstarmontgomery.org/olneyboysgirlsclub.
MedStar Montgomery Medical Center is a 138-bed not-for-profit hospital serving the greater Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas. A proud member of MedStar Health, MedStar Montgomery is committed to delivering the latest in modern medicine and medical technology.
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. 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