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Just in Time for Little League Season

NY Mets Medical Director and Professional Pitcher Team Up to Show Local Kids How to Prevent Baseball-Related Injuries

NEW YORK—March 31, 2008

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) and Safe Kids USA Launch Sports Injury Prevention Campaign for Kids


New York Mets Baseball Medical Director and Co-Chief of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) Dr. David Altchek and Professional Pitcher Rob Semerano will conduct a throwing and injury prevention workshop with kids from the Police Athletic League (PAL) in Washington Heights to show kids how they can avoid baseball injuries.



Thousands of kids from the five boroughs and across the entire metro area will take to the baseball diamond this season, but if they are not careful, they could end up injured. This fun and informative workshop will help keep a group of these future all-stars safe and less prone to injury.

  • Fact! It is estimated that half of all organized sports-related injuries among children can be prevented.
  • Fact! An estimated 4.8 million children 5 to 14 years of age participate in organized and recreational baseball and softball every year.
  • Fact! 50 percent of all throwing injuries requiring medical attention are directly related to overuse, which occurs over time from repeated motion.
  • Fact! Almost 500,000 baseball-related injuries are treated in hospitals, doctors' offices, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers and hospital emergency rooms annually.



David Altchek, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, Hospital for Special Surgery, and NY Mets Baseball Medical Director: Dr. Altchek has helped Major Leaguers and now he'll help Little Leaguers play it safe.

Rob Semerano, Professional Pitcher: This major leaguer, who throws a 95 mph fastball, will conduct a demonstration showing proper throwing techniques. Kids will have an opportunity to practice throwing and get helpful tips.

HSS Young Athletes Group: Medical experts specializing in young athletes will educate kids about the mechanics of throwing, injury prevention, strength training, body conditioning, and healthy eating.

Martin R. Eichelberger, M.D., Founder and Chairman, Safe Kids Worldwide; Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, The George Washington University School of Medicine; Chief, Trauma and Burn Service, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.: Dr. Eichelberger will discuss the latest trends in preventing childhood injuries. Safe Kids Worldwide is a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer of children 14 and under.



Thursday, April 3, 2008, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.



The Police Athletic League (Armory Center) in Washington Heights, N.Y., Room: Gymnasium
216 Ft. Washington Ave. (corner of 169th Street), New York, N.Y. 10032
Phone:  (212) 927-0306



About HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the eighth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.


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