When it comes to sports injuries, the best offense is a good defense. That's why the Dallas Mavericks have teamed up with Scottish Rite for Children. Together, the all-star alliance provides young athletes with the tools they need to excel on and off the court.
"It's important for athletes to develop healthy habits because it will allow them to play the game longer," says Dr. Henry B. Ellis, pediatric orthopedic and sports medicine surgeon at Scottish Rite for Children. "In addition, they have more fun, feel better while they play, and will likely be a better competitor."
Scottish Rite for Children has been the official health partner for the Mavs Basketball Academy for the past three years. This year, they launched "Warm Up the RITE Way," a program that includes exercises hand-selected by sports physical therapists to help athletes — both beginner and advanced — build a proper foundation.
Knee and ankle injuries are the most common among basketball players, and most of the time, they are preventable with proper education for kids, parents, and coaches. The Dallas Mavericks integrated "Warm Up the RITE Way" into the beginning of its Hoop and Development Camps this summer, where hundreds of athletes were taught fundamentals to help them keep playing for as long as they want — even all the way to the NBA.
By teaching players how to move correctly and engage the right muscles before playing, Scottish Rite for Children and the Mavs hope to make an impact before they are injured and need treatment.
"These habits really start off the court, with developing a healthy sleep routine, learning how food fuels the body for sports, and staying hydrated well before the game," says Ellis.
In addition to "Warm Up the RITE Way," the Mavs and Scottish Rite for Children are educating families of young athletes on topics such as overuse injuries, balance, nutrition, and hydration. The goal is to help young and growing athletes develop strong muscles, joints, and bones and a lifestyle that helps kids stay on the court and off the bench.
Ready for some info right now? Scottish Rite for Children and Mavs guard J.J. Barea surprised players at Mavs Hoop Camp this summer for a fun game of horse and tips to continue playing the "RITE" way. Click here to learn more.