NEW YORK—March 31, 2008
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.
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
About Hospital for Special Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics and No. 2 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2016-2017), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. HSS is an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at www.hss.edu.