Stories about: Pierre d’Hemecourt

“We never thought we’d run again.”

sports medicineFor five years Hope Prockop, a competitive women’s squash player, battled chronic foot pain, while her daughter Lyle struggled with excruciating back pain. “It was really stressful to cope with both conditions,” says Hope. “I wondered if I would ever reach my goals.”

Mother and daughter found the care and support they needed at Boston Children’s Hospital, where a team of doctors got the pair running and helped Hope reach the pinnacle of her sport. She represented the U.S. on the Team USA national women’s squash team in 2006, 2008 and 2010 and won two U.S. Masters national titles and the Allam British Open 45+ Squash Championships in 2015.

Head-to-toe care

In 2010, Hope was questioning her body and her athletic goals. She had chronic foot pain and had consulted podiatrists throughout Boston. Finally, she followed a friend’s advice and made an appointment with Dr. Thomas Vorderer, a podiatrist in Boston Children’s Sports Medicine.

“His commitment to keeping athletes in the game really resonated with me.”

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Boston Children’s Running Program hosts seminar

If your child—young or old—aspires to be a runner, the Runner’s Program at Boston Children’s can help them get off on the right foot. The Sports Medicine experts that will help your child also deliver the same world-class care to world-class athletes at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

We all know that running is a great way for kids to get exercise and have fun, but since 35 to 75 percent of runners each year need medical treatment for running-related injuries, running safely is important. Pierre d’Hemecourt, MD of Boston Children’s Division of Sports is presenting at the Runners’ Seminar Series for the Boston Marathon, and talks to us about Children’s Running Program, which helps runners of all ages run as safely as possible.

The Running Program mainly focuses on best practices and injury prevention tools for kids, high school and college athletes, as well as adults.

“We want to encourage running,” says d’Hemecourt, “but in doing so, we want to show runners how they can prevent injuries and stay healthy.” The program’s plan does just that, and when a patient comes in for an appointment, they go through four 15-minute stations of clinical help.

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