The clinic is sponsored by DuPuy Mitek and is being hosted by Safe Kids Wake County. WakeMed and Wake Orthopaedics experts will discuss how to prevent and manage sports-related injuries in young athletes with sessions including:
• ACL and overuse injuries;
• proper stretching, warm-up and cool-down exercises;
• injury prevention practices for coaches; and
• a parent question and answer session with orthopaedic physicians.
Participants will have the opportunity to meet the pros from the Carolina RailHawks, as well as special guest, Carla Overbeck, Olympic Gold Medalist and former captain of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. All registered participants and their families will receive free tickets and meal vouchers for the RailHawks vs. FC Edmonton soccer match following the clinic at 7:00 p.m.
In addition, education displays will address concussions, heart conditions and the importance of baseline EKGs, nutrition and hydration.
“More than one in three children who play team sports are injured seriously enough to miss practices or games, and some suffer life-long consequences,”
This youth sports injury prevention clinic is one of several taking place throughout the country as part of a national education campaign sponsored by Safe Kids USA and supported by Depuy Mitek. The campaign focuses on raising awareness of critical measures to optimize health and prevent sports-related injuries. Topics will include:
• Pre-Season Medical Screening: These exams can detect any underlying conditions the young athlete may have and therefore prevent a potential medical emergency.
• Safety gear: To prevent acute injuries, children playing sports should have access to and consistently use well-maintained safety equipment, such as helmets, during both practices and games.
• Proper Conditioning:
• Rest: If young athletes are very tired or in pain, coaches and parents should encourage them to rest as this valuable recovery time can help prevent acute and overuse injuries.
For more information on sports injury prevention, visit www.safekids.org/