The Southwestern Initiative for Sports Health (SWISH) was founded in 2009 with a mission to continually advance the field of Sports Medicine through education, collaboration, patient care and research. Soon after its founding, SWISH members established the FRESH (Foundation For Research in Sports Health) Fund at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Proceeds from this fund are used to support research efforts geared towards advancing the knowledge of musculoskeletal and sports related injuries. These research efforts include both basic science and clinical studies aimed at “bringing the bench to the bedside” and providing our patients with state-of-the-art strategies for both the prevention and treatment of various injuries.
By involving medical students, resident doctors in training, and other healthcare professions, these research efforts also instill the passion for knowledge and medical advancement in our physicians of tomorrow. Through a generous donation to the FRESH fund by one our patients, a database has recently been created that will allow all SWISH members to track their patients progress longitudinally, and thus track and improve patient outcomes for years to come. Donations such as this are essential to the SWISH research efforts and the advancement of medicine in general.
If you would like to donate to the FRESH fund, or if you are a medical student or resident in training and wish to participate in these research efforts please contact Julia Lawshae Julia.Lawshae@UTSW.edu