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Hospital takes young patients on a special trip

The LI Herald reports that HSS treated young patients and hopeful future athletes with various musculoskeletal conditions to a day of surfing in Long Beach. The children and teens learned the art of riding the waves from world-class surfers and Long Beach residents Will and Cliff Skudin and their specially trained staff at Skudin Surf.

The trip was sponsored by the Adaptive Sports Academy at the hospital’s Lerner Children’s Pavilion. The academy organizes local, regional and national adaptive programs for kids and teens with a range of disabilities, to help them learn new skills, develop new interests, reinforce therapy goals and socialize with other patients.

The academy allows young patients with movement-impacting conditions to dive into athletic activities once believed to be beyond their reach, said Jessica H. Heyer, MD, pediatric orthopedic surgeon at HSS.

“A lot of times, these kids and their families would never be able to participate in the activities,” Dr. Heyer said, “so we get them out there, and they learn that they could do something if they just had the right adaptive equipment.”

Read the full article at liherald.com.