Meet the EXPO Organizers
The Adaptive Sports EXPO is brought to you by the UT Southwestern Adaptive Sports Coalition, a group of volunteers from organizations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with a shared interest in adaptive sports. Members of the Coalition acknowledge the multiple health and psychological benefits of adaptive sports participation and hope to make adaptive sports opportunities more accessible to everyone.
Jason Smith, Ph.D. – Founder, Co-Director of the Adaptive Sports Coalition and Rehabilitation Psychologist
"As a rehabilitation psychologist, I am interested in adaptive sports because of the impact it has on one’s quality of life and overall well-being. I am a strong believer in physical activity and exercise as medicine. Psychological health and wellness are some of the greatest benefits of sports and physical activity, because regular participation improves mood and reduces anxiety. Finally, adaptive sports are an excellent way to engage in the community, socialize, and simply have fun with folks with similar interests."
Shane Miller, M.D. – Adaptive Sports Coalition Founding Member and Sports Medicine Physician
"I am a pediatric sports medicine physician at Scottish Rite Hospital’s Sports Medicine Center and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedics and Pediatrics at UT Southwestern. The benefits of sports participation are numerous and include physical, psychosocial, and health-related benefits which positively impact lives. As a sports medicine physician, I encourage exercise and physical activity for everyone. Adaptive sports opens the world of sports participation to a population that routinely overcomes challenges in their daily lives and benefit greatly from their participation, while demonstrating their incredible athletic talents. My goal for being involved in this coalition is to introduce new opportunities to those who may not be aware of what opportunities exist in the community for them."
Robert Rinaldi, M.D. – Adaptive Sports Coalition Founding Member and Specialist in Pediatrics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Robert Rinaldi, M.D., is division chief of pediatric rehabilitation medicine at Children’s Health. After receiving his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Dr. Rinaldi completed a residency in general pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, and a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Rinaldi’s clinical interests include brachial plexus and peripheral nerve injury management, torticollis management, musculoskeletal disorders in children, and rehabilitation in neuromuscular disorders. His research interests include rehabilitation management of brachial plexus injuries. Dr. Rinaldi has served on numerous national committees, including the Pediatric Subcommittee of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the Board of Governors for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. As a lifelong athlete himself, he has held belief in the benefit of physical activity and sport in children with disabilities. He sees the Expo as an opportunity to facilitate this belief and as yet another way to influence lifelong health for children.
Nicholas Fey, Ph.D. - Adaptive Sports Coalition, Head of Research & Development and Mechanical Engineer/Joint Bioengineer
"I am an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Dallas in Bioengineering and UT Southwestern Medical Center in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. After attending college at The University of Texas at Austin to study mechanical engineering, I pursued research in the Center for Bionic Medicine at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) and Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. My research focuses on the biomechanics of human movement and informed design and control of prosthetic and orthotic technologies for human assistance, with an emphasis on demanding forms of human locomotion such as recreational sports activities. In the past, I have examined how individuals with transtibial and transfemoral amputation move and how the application of both conventional and robotic knee-ankle-foot prostheses may enhance mobility and quality of life. I am excited to have helped and continue to help build a culture where DFW adaptive athletes can feel supported and search for ways that engineering technologies may help."
Thanks to Our UTSW Adaptive Sports Coalition Members
Special thanks to some of our UTSW Adaptive Sports Coalition members who helped make this event possible: Darlene Hunter; Doug Garner; Ron Davis; Dana Dempsey; Robert Rinaldi, M.D.; Kathleen Bell, M.D.; Nicholas Fey, Ph.D.; and many others!
Partners: University of Texas Arlington