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Sports Medicine MVP – Elijah

with MVP Badge 2Almost one year ago, Elijah, 16, of Dallas, met Philip L. Wilson, M.D., to discuss the pain he had been having in his knee. He learned a lot about his diagnosis of osteochondritis dissecans, a condition of the bone and soft tissue in the knee that causes pain and can worsen with activity.

Less than a year after Dr. Wilson performed surgery to encourage natural healing in his bone, Elijah returned to his favorite sport, track, at his high school in Dallas. Though he says it took some time to get his strength and speed back, he had an amazing finish with five medals including a gold for his performance in the district championship 400 meter race.

Elijah is grateful for his experience at Scottish Rite Hospital with Dr. Wilson and is looking forward to starting the summer track season. He’s especially excited to be able to consider fall football, now that he is cleared for all sports.

This is why we’re here, giving children back their childhood.

For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.

Our Sports Medicine Team in the Community

SMYC blogOur pediatric sports medicine team is committed to making sure young athletes have the right care in the right place at the right time. In order for that to happen, we invite the community to educational events throughout the year. For example, we offer splinting workshops in physician offices led by our Fracture Clinic team, athletic trainer education at local high schools, and coaches and parent meetings for sports organizations.

We recently held our second annual Sports Medicine for Young Athletes: An Update for Pediatric Providers event in Frisco. More than 80 providers in the community joined us for a day of pediatric sports medicine topics.

SportsWe were pleased to have Benjamin D. Levine, M.D., faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He has done extensive research and training in the area of cardiovascular health for young athletes, and he has a particular interest in evaluating the use of the echocardiogram (ECG) for pre-participation screening for young athletes.

We know that many parents look to their pediatrician for advice when it comes to the health and safety of their young athletes. We are committed to keeping the most current information in pediatric sports medicine available to local providers through events like this and we plan to continue annually.

For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.

Mental Conditioning for Young Athletes – An Interview with our Psychologist

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we asked our psychologist, Erica Force, Ph.D., C.C.-A.A.S.P., to tell us about how to improve a young athlete’s mental health with mental conditioning.

What is mental conditioning?

This is a type of training where an athlete becomes familiar with his or her mental skills and ability to improve or optimize those skills. The goal is to improve performance in sport by improving mental skills such as focusing, confidence, and intensity.

Claire Brenner age 15 of Frisco _ 18Who needs mental conditioning?

Since our mental skills are critical in sports whether we are just starting or are competing at high levels, all athletes would benefit from mental conditioning.

What are some examples of mental conditioning exercises for teams?

Teamwork activities don’t have to be sport-specific. A team may learn to work better together with team building activities where the focus is on solving a problem or completing a task without talking. These activities can help a team increase communication and cohesion.

What do you recommend for individuals?

Reciting positive phrases like, “I’ve got this,” during training and performance can help build confidence. Many professional athletes prepare for competition using their imagination to visualize their success in an activity, this is called mental imagery.

How often should these types of exercises be performed?

Teams can benefit from making time to practice mental skills on a regular basis. Many coaches make time at the beginning of the season and continue to encourage practice on a monthly or weekly basis. Individual athletes can adopt positive mental habits into daily activities. Mental conditioning can improve performance just like physical conditioning and practicing technical skills. Thus, mental skills are equally important to practice!

What advice do you have for parents of young athletes?

Most parents know that positive mental skills have the potential to improve performance, what they don’t realize is that the contrary is also true. When a child has a poor attitude or is faced with a stressful social situation, their sports performance can decline. Creating open dialogue and helping your child develop his or her mental toughness can help a child perform in sports and recover from setbacks and injuries more quickly.

For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.

Future North Campus Construction is Underway

The groundbreaking celebration for Scottish Rite Hospital’s future North Campus in Frisco took place last fall. The event marked the start of construction on the hospital’s first-ever satellite campus since the institution’s founding in 1921.

Since then, excavation and clearing of the 40-acre parcel, located at the northeast corner of Lebanon Road and the Dallas North Tollway, has commenced. The hospital’s ambulatory surgery center is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.

In the meantime, the hospital’s Plano location at 7000 West Plano Parkway is offering world-renowned sports medicine care to young athletes. In addition, the interim facility offers a fracture clinic, sports therapy, sports-related concussion treatment, a hand clinic and general orthopedic services to patients throughout North Texas.

Mental Preparation for Competition

game daySports involve a balance of physical fitness, sport-specific skills, commitment and mental toughness. Athletes dedicate many hours of physical training to prepare for competition, however, many do not dedicate enough time to mental readiness.

To maximize performance on “game day,” try including these key elements in your mental preparation:

  • Positive attitude: Practice saying optimistic and encouraging things to yourself to boost confidence.
  • Plan and visualize: Imagine a play or visualize a successful shot to help improve performance.
  • Consider obstacles: To avoid getting distracted, take time to plan how you will handle and overcome potential challenges such as bad weather or schedule changes.
  • Game-day routine: Develop a pre-performance routine to improve focus and help you stay on track every game day. A consistent pre-performance routine boosts confidence and lets you now you are ready to go. For example, an athlete may prep for each game day by eating breakfast at a certain time, listening to music to relax during travel, visualizing their performance while standing on sideline before the game, etc.

Erica Force, PhD, CC-AASP, has practiced as a licensed psychologist with a focus in sport psychology since 2012. She is a registered Sport Psychologist for the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry. Upon completion of her pediatric post-doctoral fellowship at TSRHC in 2015, she joined the Psychology team. Utilizing her credentialing as a Certified Sport Psychology Consultant, she sees patients on our North Campus in Plano. Dr. Force has co-authored publications in prominent journals focused on the psychology of sport.

For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.

Get to Know our SRH Staff: Tabetha Rowe, Registered Nurse, Sports Medicine

Tabetha is a registered nurse who has been working with young athletes for the past five years. She’s currently working at our North Campus in Plano. Get to know more about her in our Staff Spotlight below.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

My sports medicine co-workers. We have an environment of trust, support and respect. We are always having a good time.

Tabetha RoweWhat’s your favorite thing about the hospital?

The opportunity to equally care for all kids, regardless of their financial situation.

What skills do you need for your job?

Time management, good sense of humor, patience, ability to stay calm when things get busy, multi-tasking, problem-solving

What was your first job? What path did you take to get here?

Sales at The Buckle in Memphis, Tennessee. My first nursing job was in Ventura, California in pediatrics at a community hospital.

What is your favorite…

  • Team building activity: When the North Campus staff joined a softball league last spring.
  • Hospital event: The Annual Brandon Carrell Conference 


What’s your favorite…

  • Place to travel: anywhere with sand, water and a view.
  • Type of food: dessert, preferably gelato, ice cream or frozen yogurt

If you could have a super power, what would it be?

Teleportation to eliminate my commute.

What is your favorite sport to watch? Do you have a favorite team?

College football – Michigan Wolverines, Go Blue!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Marine biologist, I love animals.

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

A trip to Alaska that included ziplining, flying in small planes over glaciers, and visiting the Arctic Circle.

We’re Thrilled About Our New Relationship With The Mavs Basketball Academy

Wes McElreeb and Ben Parks_15Our mission at Scottish Rite Hospital is to help children get back to being children. In many areas, including sports medicine, we are looking for ways to prevent injuries so we don’t have to treat them. Our new partnership will help us to continue to reach more and more young athletes and parents with messages about health and injury prevention. We’re passionate about those things and the Mavs Basketball Academy (MBA) is too.

Our goals are perfectly aligned, we both want to help kids enjoy sports and develop lifelong habits that keep them active and healthy well into adulthood. The Mavs Basketball Academy has asked us to step in and provide the latest evidence on topics that truly make a difference in the lives of young athletes.

If you follow us, you’ll hear from the sports medicine providers and care teams at Scottish Rite Hospital in print and other media on injury prevention topics including overuse injuries, balance, following rules, nutrition and hydration. Together, these tips will help young athletes develop strong bones and muscles, good coordination and a lifestyle that helps them stay on the court, rink and field and off the bench.

Follow this important initiative in several ways:

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And sign up to receive “The Huddle” our periodic newsletter full of tips and updates on our team and practice.

Check back often for more information on our “Health” program page on the MBA website.

From One Dancer to Another

Dancer blog postBeing a former dancer, Amanda Fletcher, R.N., C.P.N.P., R.N.F.A., Scottish Rite Hospital nurse practitioner on our pediatric sports medicine team, has some great lessons for young dancers. Read her recommendations and tips for being a healthy dancer below:

  • Balanced nutrition, including protein, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats , such as avocados, nut butters, extra virgin olive oil, and walnuts, are key for energy and optimum performance.
  • Proper warm-up and effective stretching are very important. Do not bounce and do not force positions. For instance, do not force your turnout or use the momentum of your body to force the splits as this can cause stress on your joints and muscles, which can lead to injuries.
  • Proper body alignment and form are important, even when you’re feeling tired.
  • Cross training or a fitness program outside of dance can help develop core and hip stability, as well as strength and flexibility in major muscle groups like the hamstrings.
  • Parents and the dancer should focus on positive conversation and healthy approaches to training schedule, rest, body image and nutrition.
  • Dancing through pain can lead to more complex problems. It’s important to see a specialist for an evaluation if it does not resolve with rest or if the pain persists.
  • Positive social support is important for the disciplined, high level athlete.

Though Fletcher isn’t dancing now, as a certified nurse practitioner, she brings a valuable set of skills and experience to help our team care for the whole child. Offering a comprehensive approach to care, nurse practitioners emphasize the well-being of the whole person with patient-centered care and prevention. Fletcher says, “I see many dancers that have injuries that could have been prevented. I can relate to them and talk about long days in the studio and how applying these lessons can reduce their risk of new and repeat injuries.”

For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.

Mavs Launch New Health and Wellness Resource for Aspiring Young Athletes

TScreen Shot 2017-03-07 at 2.07.40 PMhe Dallas Mavericks are back for the summer of 2017 with Mavs Basketball Academy, which includes Hoop Camp presented by Academy Sports & Outdoors, Elite Camp, Overnight Camp, Dance Camp and a new Health Program presented by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Mavs Basketball Academy (MBA) is dedicated to bringing the excitement of the NBA to the DFW community and is the #1 source for professional basketball and dance training for all skill levels.


The new Health arm of MBA will provide resources and training clinics utilizing the sports medicine experts from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, North Texas’ authority on sports health and injury prevention.  The goal is to educate young athletes and dancers, their parents and coaches on current recommendations for safe participation, proper training, recognizing and responding to injuries and sports injury prevention during MBA activities throughout the year.

“As pediatric sports medicine specialists, we are passionately committed to preventing injuries that keep young athletes out of sports. We share a vision with the Mavs Academy that children will be healthy and active well into their adult lives,” said Henry B. Ellis, M.D. pediatric sports medicine surgeon at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. “This partnership will impact the future of many young and growing athletes.”


Registration is open now for both Mavs Basketball Academy Hoop Camps and Elite Camps, presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.  MBA Summer Camps provide kids ages 8-18 the fundamentals of the game, the opportunity to meet new teammates, learn sportsmanship and have plenty of fun, coached by the best coaching staff in the NBA. Throughout the summer, campers will receive visits from Mavs players and coaches, and each participant will receive a goodie bag including a pair of Mavs Game Tickets to a 2017-2018 preseason game.

Hoop Camps are a week-long, Elite Camps are 3 days a week and both begin June 5th and run through the beginning of August.

Mavs Basketball Academy is also bringing back Overnight Camp for a 2nd season, slated for June 11-15, at the University of Texas at Arlington.  This 4-night camp includes meals at the UTA cafeteria, boarding in university dorm rooms and the opportunity to meet a Dallas Mavericks player and front office staff.

The Mavs Dance program, also in its second year, is led by the ever-popular Dallas Mavericks Dancers.  The Mavs Dance Program is the top choice for dance instruction in the metroplex. Children of all skill levels will learn the fundamentals and exercises that helped form the best dance team in the NBA.

Camp will place special emphasis on self-confidence, technique, fitness, and most of all, fun.  Campers will receive a Mavs game ticket to a 2017-2018 pre-season game, Mavs Dancer poster and a camp t-shirt.  They will also have the opportunity to dance during halftime at a Mavs pre-season game.

The Mavs Dance program will be held 3 days a week, are located in Dallas, Plano, Grapevine and Allen, and run from June 14th through July 28th.

For more detailed information including summer schedule, locations and to register for camps, visit mavs.com/basketballacademy or call 214.747.MAVS.

Mavs Basketball Academy is sponsored by: Scottish Rite Hospital, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Nike and Lexus.

Let’s Talk Concussions

Scottish Rite Hospital experts are often on the road to share their research findings and experiences in caring for children. One example is our pediatric sports medicine physician Shane M. Miller, M.D. He has a passion for concussion education and it is evident in the frequent invitation he receives to speak on the topic. Here are a few examples:

    • Pediatricians studying for board certification, Philadelphia, PA
    • UT Southwestern Medical School Family Medicine Grand Rounds, Dallas, TX
    • Plano parent and coaches @ Prestonwood Sports Organization Soccer Coaches Meeting
    • Community event at Sci-Tech Discovery Center, Frisco, TX
    • School Nurses at the Episcopal School of Dallas, Dallas, TX
    • Frisco Soccer Association Coaches Meeting, Frisco, TX
    • McKinney ISD school nurses, McKinney, TX
    • National and international sports medicine specialists at Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX
    • Local pediatricians at Pediatric Society of Greater Dallas quarterly meeting, Dallas, TX
    • Pediatricians and healthcare providers at Pediatric Orthopedic Education Series, Dallas, TX
    • Dallas community through interview and publication in Dallas Child Magazine
    • Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers at DFW Sports Symposium, Southlake, TX

UntitledThis week Dr. Miller is at the NCAA Headquarters in Indianapolis at the Youth Sports Safety Summit.

The multi-disciplinary Youth Sports Safety Alliance hosts this annual event bringing together advocates for young athletes from across the country. Made up of athletic trainers, orthopedic surgeons, physicians, and school and youth sports organization administrators share lessons learned and collaborate to identify ways to make youth sports safer. Dr. Miller will be talking about the importance of immediate removal from play after a suspected sports-related concussion. He will highlight results from a recent study of his patients showing that 4/10 go back to play or continue playing on the day of their injury. He emphasizes the phrase “when in doubt, sit them out.”

If you have a group that would like to learn more about sports-related concussions or another pediatric sports medicine topic, please email lindsay.linteman@tsrh.org.

For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.