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.
Almost 500,000 baseball-related injuries are treated in hospitals, doctors’ 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.
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.
At the end of the workshop, two children won baseballs that were autographed by members of the New York Mets.