UNTHSC Honors San Antonio Spurs Team Physician

UNT Health Science Center has honored Dr. Paul Saenz with the Mary E. Luibel Distinguished Service Award. Saenz is a graduate of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and Team Physician for the San Antonio Spurs. TheThe Mary E. Luibel Distinguished Service Award honors those who have shown to be committed to their pursuit of advancing osteopathic medicine, and is named for the wife of TCOM founder Dr. George J. Luibel. “Dr. Saenz is an outstanding physician who has displayed the highest character and integrity as he advances the field of osteopathic medicine,” said UNTHSC President Dr. Michael R. Williams via release.… Full Story

Baylor Scott and White Facility at The Star Wins Engineering Award

The Engineering News-Record gave Baylor Scott and White Sports Therapy and Research at The Star its award of merit this week. ENR is a weekly construction industry magazine that provides news, analysis, data an opinion. The 11-story, 310,000 square-foot facility focuses on sports performance and health, cost $93.73-million to build, and was completed in March. Located next to the Dallas Cowboys training facility, ENR highlighted the “the 60-yd-long athletic field called for 32-ft-high door panels to provide both indoor  and outdoor field experiences for pro and amateur athletes,” and the “single-boom lift for work in the tight space on the challenging… Full Story

Texas Health Exploring Sports Medicine Collaboration with Qatar Sports Complex Developer

Texas Health Resources has entered an agreement with Qatar-based Aspire Zone Foundation to explore a North Texas partnership. A news release from the Arlington-based health system says the partnership would expand its sports medicine services and create a “center of excellence” in North Texas. The memorandum of understanding, signed on Wednesday, does not necessarily promise future collaboration. A Texas Health representative said there’s no timeline on next steps and that the details of how a partnership would present itself are yet to be determined. The spokesperson didn’t say where a center of excellence might be located or what it would… Full Story

Hospital Systems Are Rushing To Plant Sports Medicine Investments in Collin County

Near the end of the first set of a close volleyball match in January, Alexis James, a young, sought-after recruit from Frisco, called for a “three” set, meaning a quick set toward the inside portion of Alexis’ position. What came instead looked more like a “hut,” a set that shoots out toward the antenna located at the end of the net. Alexis made a quick adjustment but came down awkwardly on her left leg. Raised by a football-coach father, she shook it off and kept playing. It wasn’t until two weeks later—after insistence by her club-team coaches that she was fine,… Full Story

Whole Body Cryogenic Therapy: A Secret Weapon For Recovery Or Sham Science?

Whole body cryogenic therapy is a relatively new form of recovery that involves standing in a vertical chamber for three minutes while engulfed in nitrogen vapor that can get to -250º Fahrenheit. While peer-reviewed studies are sparse, athletes, including NBA players, are singing its praises. Full Story

Dallas Company Draws FDA Investigation After Product Linked to Hepatitis Deaths

Food and Drug Administration investigations have become second nature for Dallas-based USP Labs, after a recent look by the federal agency linked one of the company’s supplements to a hepatitis outbreak in Hawaii. The FDA issued a warning last week linking the company’s bodybuilding supplement OxyElite Pro to an outbreak of non-viral hepatitis. Nearly 30 patients have been hospitalized with acute heptatitis so far, two dozen of whom had used OxyElite Pro. Two of those have required liver transplants, and one has died. “The warning letter states that the products are deemed adulterated because they contain a new dietary ingredient (an ingredient… Full Story

Kenneth Cooper Issues Statement on Excessive Running by Older Athletes

In a Nov. 27 Wall Street Journal article about excessive running, Dallas physician Kenneth Cooper was quoted as saying, ” “If you are running more than 15 miles a week, you are doing it for some reason other than health.” Cooper, often called the father of aerobics, issued a statement Tuesday expanding on those remarks. He said he has no concerns about people over age 50 running too much if they have no cardiovascular disease or musculoskeletal problems. He said the theory that running more than 30 miles a week might damage the heart is rare for endurance athletes. Cooper… Full Story