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PHONE: 469-333-1KID(1543) – Contact Nadia – shine@shinepediatrics.com

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ATHLETES AND PARENTS, 

Dr Naidoo has been trying to understand the best way to complete a sports physical for our most elite athletes. It is disappointing that many urgent care facilities and pediatric practices do the minimal amount of evaluation necessary for a sports physical. Another issue he has seen and used to practice himself is simply looking at the athlete’s previous well child visit for the year. If everything was normal on that exam, then he would clear the athlete for athletic activities. 

As a former Division I football player at the University of Miami in Florida, now coaching and training young children from the ages of 6-12 years old and having exposure to many more athletes from friends in the athletic arena, he is at the grassroots regarding sports safety and performance for our children. There is not another pediatrician that he knows that can have the dialogue with him regarding player safety, optimal training environments, nutrition that is tailored to the individual, understanding the musculoskeletal makeup of the individual and the limitations that it will have on the athlete’s performance and his or her risk for more severe injury in the future. 

Dr Naidoo suffered two concussions from football, one in high school and one in college, along with a torn Medial Collateral Ligament and years of hamstring problems. He, more than anyone else, has gone through it. Athletes do not admit much about injury. “You play through it.” It’s the nature of the competitor. No one understands the athlete better than an athlete. Medical professionals and lay people may have great comments to make, but athletes do not think like everyone else. To be the best, certain sacrifices have to be made. 

Here at Shine, we want to give your athlete, and his or her parents, the information necessary to make the right decisions.  Dr. Naidoo believes we focus too much on our children and adolescents playing in games and tournaments and being on select teams instead of working on the development of the athlete.  He can walk into any gym, athletic field or track right now and pick out those children who are an injury waiting to happen or have an injury that no one has recognized. More so, there is so much potential in that athlete if given the proper training techniques to correct poor mechanics and to push the limits for the individual in a safe manner, while recognizing where injury may occur. It is a push and pull endeavor to train athletes. No athlete is the same and each one requires attention and detail. 

A major focus is on the elite athletes. These are athletes who will one day use sports to possibly make a living or allow their parent to not have to worry about paying for college. These are children who are not just playing the sport to have fun and use it as a hobby, but there is potential to play beyond high school. They say the greatest athletes play their game without thinking. It’s instinct. It’s natural. Their brain does not have to engage during competition. This type of prowess only happens with early involvement in training. It’s not necessarily the number of games they play, but it is being able to take one’s body and stress it so it can be challenged for when that brain has to perform under competitive stressors. 

Our goal with our sports performance and training is to achieve maximum results by safely reaching the ceiling for an athlete’s potential, while understanding holistically about their musculoskeletal system, their nutritional status, cardiovascular and pulmonary function to achieve E-LETE athletes who get “Their Shine On!” 

Dr Horwitz and Ronnie Braxton are two individuals who will lend their expertise to the development of safe environments for our youth to train effectively. They also share the comprehensive approach of nutrition, musculoskeletal development and assessment to achieving those goals. 

The Team who will get them there: 

Dr. Steven Horwitz 

  • 1996 United States Olympic Team Medical Staff
  • Chiropractor Chairman, Maryland Council on Physical Fitness
  • 2002-2004 Maryland Chairman, National Strength and Conditioning Association 
  • 2004-2010 RKC Kettlebell Instructor Certified in Active Release Technique (ART)
  • 1999-2014 Certified in Graston Technique
  • Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner
  • Titleist Performance Institute (TPI)
  • Certified Certified in Dry Needling
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Certified Functional Movement Screening (FMS)
  • USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach 
  • MORE INFO ON DR HORWITZ 

Ronnie Braxton 

  • University of Houston Graduate Bachelor of Exercise Science 
  • NFL Combine Training 
  • U.S.A Track Certified 
  • NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist 
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer 
  • ASFA Certified Master Personal Trainier 
  • MORE INFO ON RONNIE (REAL TRUTH) BRAXTON

Helpful Links:

Growth, Maturation, and Sports Training: Is Your Child Ready to Play Sports?

Train Right…Or Go Home…and Injured.

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