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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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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.

It’s Like a Science Fair for Healthcare Professionals

Every year, kids try their hand at developing and conducting scientific research for the science fair. From growing mold to creating electrical circuits, they define their hypothesis, develop testing methods, perform the experiment and then thoughtfully consider the results.

At Scottish Rite Hospital, we follow the same steps of the scientific method and continually share our results with our peers. Sometimes, we are even eligible for awards when we present our studies at conferences, just like a local science fair. Our doctors and researchers travel both locally and internationally to present their research findings with the goal of spreading knowledge regarding specific pediatric orthopedic topics.

Recently, our pediatric sports medicine team presented a poster explaining the study and results from a review of sports-related concussion patients at the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (TACSM) Annual Conference in Waco, Texas. This conference is designed to allow young researchers to showcase their work, receive feedback, and learn from experienced sports medicine researchers during lectures and educational events. The poster was considered as a finalist for the event’s “Doctoral Research Poster Award.” Aaron Zynda, research coordinator on the team, says, “It was an honor to be recognized with other researchers in the field of sports medicine and have the opportunity to present.”

The team previously presented preliminary results of this study at the American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Conference in the fall, but this time they focused on results for soccer players. The findings suggest that the soccer players are consistent with the larger group. Thirty seven percent answered yes when asked if they continued to play or returned to play on the same day as their injury. An interesting trend was that in this small group, the girls were more likely to continue or return to play. This behavior puts the athlete at risk of having worse symptoms and a longer recovery.

Co-author Shane M. Miller, M.D. says, “The most important component of clinical research is to find out how to apply the results to the athletes that are under our care and others in the community and across the nation.” He’s on his way to Indianapolis to share the results of the larger study at the Youth Sports Safety Summit next week.

Read more about our work in research, prevention and clinical care for sports-related concussions on our website.

Return to Sports – Y-Balance Test

Y Balance BlogAfter a significant injury, young athletes like Milik are often very concerned about when they get to go back to sports. As a 12 year old, Milik tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and wanted to go back to basketball. Pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Philip L. Wilson, M.D., reconstructed his ACL and now Milik is back on the courts.

We talked to his mom about his journey to return to sports. She remembers one of the most frustrating moments was when he didn’t pass “the test” the first time. The test she referenced is referring to is called the Y-Balance Test. It is one of several tests we use to determine when an athlete is ready to return to sports. The test evaluates the athlete’s use of his operative leg compared to the normal side to determine if it is able to sustain the stresses of sports.

Milik told us he wishes he had known more about the test before it was time to take it. In fact, other patients have told us that also, so we have created a video to show young athletes early in their recovery process.

Dr. Wilson says, “We want rehabilitation and returning to sports to be a positive experience for young athletes. Most importantly, we want playing sports to be a safe experience and that is why we use evidence based tests like the Y-Balance Test to help determine the right time for each athlete instead of looking at a calendar.”

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

Nutrition Tips for Young Basketball Players

It is important for young and growing athletes to eat regularly scheduled and well-balanced meals throughout the school day. It’s best to plan ahead for additional snacks and water to make sure the athlete is optimally fueled and hydrated when there is an afterschool sports event.

Here are some tips regarding practice and game day fuel for young basketball players from Taylor Fisher, M.S., R.D., L.D., Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children dietitian.

Use these tips to plan ahead so that your athletes have nutritious choices for their backpacks:

  • Pack a water bottle for sipping throughout the day as well as during and after the event.
  • Take foods that help hydrate (i.e.: grapes, pears, oranges, yogurts).
  • Pack snacks with complex carbohydrates and protein to provide nourishment throughout the school day and after the event (i.e.: chocolate milk, apple slices with string cheese, trail mix).
  • Bring snacks with more easily digested carbohydrates for snacks right before and during the event (i.e.: fresh or dried fruit, applesauce, pretzels, fig bars).

A great way to help your young athletes develop healthy habits is to include them in the planning and shopping for their meals and snacks. Fisher says, “These lessons can instill healthy habits early in life that carry on beyond youth sports and into college and adulthood where they are responsible for their own food and nutrition choices.”

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