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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HOUSTON – (October 18, 2012)

Methodist Center for Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine at Willowbrook Now Home to First Human Performance Lab of its Kind in Northwest Houston


Led by Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician Scott Rand and Exercise Physiologist Mark Morrison, the lab Offers Endurance Athletes and Bariatric Patients Valuable Resources Once only Found at the Medical Center

Dr. Scott Rand, board certified primary care sports medicine (PCSM) physician at Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, and his specialized Sports Health team launch an advanced Human Performance Lab on the Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Campus.

The new lab is the first of its kind in northwest Houston and brings the technology and expertise once only available at the Texas Medical Center to endurance athletes and Bariatric patients throughout the community.

Located in the new 25,000 square foot, state-of-the-art Methodist Center for Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine facility, the Human Performance Lab provides three primary tests - Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) and Body Composition Analysis, VO2 Max with Body Composition, and VO2 Max with Estimated Lactate Threshold.

Now accepting appointments, the Human Performance Lab is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with evening appointments available on Wednesdays and weekend appointments on Saturday mornings.

“We’re really excited to make these resources more accessible to athletes in the community and those individuals who are ready to take their health to the next level,” said Dr. Rand.

“We not only show them how their body is responding but also develop a plan to achieve optimal performance - whether the goal is the next triathlon, a better game or an optimal workout. We now have both the technology and the expertise to chart that path,” added Rand.

According to senior exercise physiologist Mark Morrison, the testing available in the new lab will not only provide athletes with valuable tools for training but also aide Bariatric patients in meeting pre surgery requirements and sustaining post surgery weight loss. 

“We treat everyone individually - with a tailored training prescription designed to maximize their body’s ability to utilize oxygen and compete at a higher intensity for longer without fatigue,” said Morrison.

Morrison, who recently joined the Sports Health Team at Methodist, works closely with individuals in assessing their body fat, metabolic rate and pulmonary function.  He has a Masters in Exercise Science and over 12 years of combined experience in exercise testing, personal training and instructing. 

Dr. Rand is the PCSM fellowship director and team doctor to Rice and area high schools and sports clubs.  He is also a member of the Concussion Oversight Team serving area schools and nationally recognized in Sports Medicine Education. 

The additional Sports Health resources available at the Methodist Center for Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine include expansive running and throwing lanes for athletic evaluations and post injury conditioning, physical and occupational therapies, rehabilitation services, baseline ImPACT concussion testing and concussion management using computerized neuropsychological testing.

For more information on the new Human Performance Lab or to schedule an appointment call 281.737.0466.  To take a facility tour, learn more about the primary care sports medicine physicians and the Sports Health program, or check dates for upcoming seminars, sports injury clinics and health fairs go to www.methodistwillowbrookortho.com, or call 281-737-0902.

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