Take a few minutes to read about tips to support your young baller and learn about our partnership with the Dallas Mavericks youth program, the Mavs Academy. In partnership with the Dallas Mavericks, Scottish Rite for Children continues to look for ways to reach youth and keep them active and healthy. We have supported the Mavs Academy team promoting safety and wellness with participants in their programs.

Warm Up for Basketball the RITE Way
There is not really a “right” or “wrong” way to warm-up but think of it rather as a productive and unproductive way, or a helpful versus less helpful way. A proper dynamic warm-up should increase mobility of the muscles and joints being used and should incorporate movements that are specific to your sport. Learn more about a dynamic warm-up from sports physical therapist Jessica Penshorn, P.T., D.P.T., A.T.C., L.A.T.

Check out the MAVSFIT resources developed by our expert team of physical therapists and strength and conditioning coaches. Download an exercise guide to help your young athlete make conditioning part of their daily routine at home and on the go.

Activities to do on your own:

Dallas Mavericks Youth Combine
Scottish Rite participation in this event continues to grow. The Mavs Academy offers an experience for middle school basketball players unlike any other. The half-day program is invitation-only due to the rigorous programming and testing offered. Scottish Rite staff provide young athletes with a snapshot of a movement analysis and areas for improvement. Our team continues to find that even the best players need to work on foundational movements. We look forward to this program every spring and fall as it helps us learn more about injury prevention and introduce young athletes to movement mechanics and research.

Coaches Academy
Our team has provided expert guidance for coaches participating in live and virtual clinics offered by the Mavs Academy. Watch a recording of one event that covered detailed instructions for a team dynamic warm-up (more information below) and stress management tips for athletes.

More Resources
We’ve collected the best advice for basketball players and athletes of all kinds into one place. Check out the Mavs Academy website to learn about nutrition, injury prevention and more for young athletes. You can share these resources with coaches and other families because health and safety are both an individual and a team effort!

Young athletes in the basketball gym working out

Sports Nutrition

Our team is committed to caring for young athletes - even before they may need us. Scottish Rite's certified sports dietitian Taylor Morrison, M.S., R.D., CSSD, L.D., works closely with this population to help them understand the importance of sports health and nutrition and fueling the body to stay healthy and in the game. 

Learn more on the Sports Nutrition page >>

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