For Immediate Release
Scholastic Sports Injuries, Prevention To Be Focus Of Next ‘Dinner With The Doctor’ Event
Sports safety awareness is an increasingly important topic to parents of children who participate in sports, as well as to school nurses, teachers and coaches.
Such issues as concussion injuries and prevention, pre-participation physical evaluations, proper hydration habits and overuse injury prevention will be addressed by sports injury experts at Jersey City Medical Center’s next “Dinner with the Doctor, on April 21st, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital’s cafeteria (at 355 Grand Street, Jersey City).
The problem of youth sports injuries is a serious one. In the United States, about 30 million children and teens participate in some form of organized sports, and about three million injuries occur each year, which cause some loss of time and participation. Almost one-third of all injuries incurred in childhood are sports-related injuries. While the most common injuries are sprains and strains, many injuries can continue to affect young athletes for years.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide and the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- Approximately 3 million children and adolescents ages 14 and under get hurt annually playing sports or participating in recreational activities.
- Sports and recreational activities contribute to approximately 21 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among American children and adolescents.
- More than 775,000 children and adolescents ages 14 and under are treated in hospital emergency rooms for sports-related injuries each year. Most of the injuries occurred as a result of falls, being struck by an object, collisions, and overexertion during unorganized or informal sports activities.
Presenting at the upcoming “Dinner with the Doctor” will be Dr. Sean Lager and Dr. Alex Visco. Dr. Lager, a board certified orthopedist, is a graduate of the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, who trained at New York City and Baltimore hospitals. He has served as a physician for various professional, college and scholastic teams, including the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League and Morgan State University and Loyola (MD) College.
Dr. Visco is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He holds a medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and trained at New York Presbyterian, The University Hospitals of Columbia/Cornell, and Saint Barnabas Health Care System. He is the author of The Neck Pain Handbook: Your Guide to Understanding and Treating Neck Pain.
“Dinner with the Doctor,” held monthly at Jersey City Medical Center and other community locations, gives area residents the chance to enjoy a light dinner and listen to leading physicians discuss their specialty and answer questions.
“Our mission is ‘enhancing life’ and, with our Dinner with the Doctor series, we do it through fostering education and awareness,” said Joseph F. Scott, President and CEO of LibertyHealth, which operates and manages Jersey City Medical Center. “We strongly encourage those people who live and work in the communities we serve to meet some of the area’s best doctors and get answers to questions they may have on various health and medical topics.”
To register for the upcoming event, call 201-915-2332.