HSS and Safe Kids USA Team Up for Sports Injury Prevention

Four physicians, a physical therapist, a nurse, a certified athletic trainer, two certified strength and conditioning specialists, and a nutritionist - all Hospital for Special Surgery staff members - teamed up with a professional pitcher and Safe Kids USA to launch a sports injury prevention campaign as kids everywhere prepare to take to the baseball diamond this season.

A team of professionals and athletes from HSS and Safe Kids USA gather to help teach children how to avoid injury

Almost 500,000 baseball-related injuries are treated in hospitals, doctorsí offices, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers and hospital emergency rooms annually. To help educate and prevent these injuries, HSS and Safe Kids USA sponsored an interactive and informative workshop on baseball safety for more than 100 children gathered at the Police Athletic League (PAL) in Washington Heights on April 3, 2008.

Rob Semerano teaches a young athlete to value safe mechanics

Young athletes stretch and exercise to avoid injury on the field

David Altchek, M.D., Rebecca Demorest, M.D., and Jordan Metzl, M.D. gave instruction on how to avoid baseball injuries and play it safe this season. Henry King, R.N., ATC, and Barry Heyden, CSCS lead the children in a series of conditioning drills to strengthen their core. Shevaun Doyle, M.D., and nutritionist Sotiria Tzakas talked about selecting the right foods to build and protect healthy bones. Meanwhile, Michael Levinson, PT, CSCS, along with professional pitcher Rob Semerano, conducted a throwing and injury prevention session to show kids how they can avoid baseball injuries to their shoulders, elbows, hands, hips and knees.

Dr. Jordan Metzl teaches children how to practice safely

At the end of the workshop, two children won baseballs that were autographed by members of the New York Mets.

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