Power Training for Throwing Sports: Play Strong- Play Safe

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ONS Foundation Seminar aims to Prevent Injuries in Kids Playing Baseball

Injuries from throwing sports are a well-known consequence when kids throw too frequently or when they lack the proper strength and muscle conditioning necessary to play throwing sports.

On Wednesday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m., the OGRCC (Old Greenwich-Riverside Community Center) and the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education will present Power Training for Throwing Sports: Play Strong- Play Safe, a free workshop designed to raise awareness about the potential for injuries from throwing sports and to give kids, parents, coaches and trainers hands-on instruction on safe conditioning and strengthening techniques to prevent injury. The program will take place at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich. Admission is free but reservations are required. To register call 203-637-3659, or email ogrcc(at)yahoo(dot)com.

"Playing baseball and other team sports offers kids a chance for healthy exercise; it can build self esteem and provide the unique experience of participating on a team," said orthopedic surgeon Paul Sethi, MD. "However, injuries from throwing sports are a well-known consequence when kids throw too frequently or when they lack the proper strength and muscle conditioning necessary to play throwing sports."

The April 3rd workshop will emphasize the importance of fitness and athletic preparedness for baseball and softball. It will stress the importance of staying fit as a way to maximize the benefits of the team experience and sports performance but also to lead a healthy productive life. Playing team sports builds skills and relationships that go well beyond the ball field, but when injuries take kids out of play and away from the team, there can be both physical and psychological repercussions.

Paul Sethi, MD, orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist will discuss the arm injuries most often associated with throwing sports, and what can be done to prevent injuries. ONS physical therapist Alicia Hirscht, DPT will work with participants to demonstrate and train them in safe conditioning and strengthening techniques.
“Even with pitch counts that limit how often kids throw in a game, kids are getting hurt doing what they love,” said Dr. Sethi. “It is not uncommon for me to see a young player who has sustained an injury that requires surgery to repair. Many throwing injuries can be avoided if you know how to condition and train properly.”

Paul Sethi, MD is a board certified orthopedic surgeon with sub-specialty training in sports medicine and the shoulder and elbow. He is also President of the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education. Dr. Sethi completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Institute in Los Angeles, CA. His research on athletic performance has provided Dr. Sethi with fist-hand experience and a unique perspective for understanding sports-related injuries and conditions. He is a former orthopedic consultant to the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team and former assistant team physician of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, Los Angeles Kings hockey team, the Los Angeles Dodgers and University of Southern California football team. Dr. Sethi considers proper fitness conditioning essential to preventing sports injuries for professional as well as amateur athletes.

The ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education wants to give people who enjoy sports activities tools and techniques to keep them enjoying their sport and out of the doctor’s office. The ONS Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to helping reduce sports injury and supporting healthy living through educational programs and clinical research. Educational programs are offered to the community on a variety of topics throughout the year. All events are free of charge.

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