HOUSTON, March 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital recently launched a comprehensive sports performance program focused on helping athletes at all levels reach the next level of performance. Experts in exercise physiology, sports nutrition, sports psychology, and strength and conditioning work cohesively to prepare individuals and teams to maximize fitness, prepare for sport and competition and to meet personal goals.
"We understand that all athletes are not the same," said Scott Rand, MD, FAAFP CAQSM, primary care sports medicine, Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Willowbrook & medical director, Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital sports performance. "With advanced equipment and professional expertise, we create unique and custom programs to maximize training benefits, prevent injury, eliminate physical and mental barriers and enhance overall performance."
The hospital offers a comprehensive Athlete Performance Package as a first step in helping individuals take their performance to the next level. For $250, the Houston Methodist Willowbrook sports performance team will identify accurate heart rate training zones, determine calories burned at different intensities of effort, identify mental barriers to success, and design a nutrition and exercise plan tailored to the individual's sport, activity or performance goals. The package includes the following services:
- VO2 Max test, which is a test of endurance performed on a treadmill, measuring how efficiently an individual's cardiorespiratory system utilizes oxygen;
- Exercise physiology consultation, to discuss test results and training goals;
- Sports nutrition evaluation to assess nutrition needs, tailored to a specific sport, activity or training schedule;
- Sports psychology consultation, focused on strategies to improve focus and achieve peak performance; and
- Strength & conditioning session, including an evaluation to identify any areas of weakness and a training plan to enhance performance
"Sports performance services can help individuals of all ages and skill levels, from young competitors and youth teams to newly active adults and professional athletes," said Rand. "The Athlete Performance Package is a great first step, providing a customized plan for individuals to maximize training or performance goals, incorporating nutrition, sports psychology and exercise programs."
To get started, call 281.737.0466 or visit houstonmethodist.org/orthopedics/sports-medicine for more information.
About Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Willowbrook
Utilizing the latest research and state-of-the-art technology, Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine has become the leader in orthopedic care in Northwest Houston. Team physicians to high school and collegiate sports teams and sports clubs across Houston, the elite group of orthopedic surgeons - with subspecialties in foot and ankle, hand and wrist, hip and spine and sports medicine - collaborate with primary care sports medicine physicians and rehabilitation therapists to offer patients of all ages the least invasive, advanced treatment options available.
About Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is a 312 bed, not-for-profit, faith-based hospital, which is part of Houston Methodist. The hospital has expanded in Northwest Houston to serve the comprehensive health care needs of the growing community.
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has been named a Magnet recognized health care facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®.
Houston Methodist Willowbrook is ranked No. 4 in the Houston metro area and No. 8 in Texas by U.S. News & World Report as a "Best Hospital" in 2015.
Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is a regional referral center specializing in cardiology and cardiovascular services, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and sports medicine, and comprehensive cancer services. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has a Breast Care Center, Cancer Center, Imaging Center, Infusion Center Sleep Center, Surgical Weight Loss Center and operates the largest Birthing Care Center in the Greater Northwest Houston area.
For more information on the comprehensive services available on the Houston Methodist Willowbrook campus and to learn about upcoming events, please visit houstonmethodist.org/willowbrook. To find a physician, call 281.737.2500.
SOURCE Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital