WHITE PLAINS, NY — Just in time for the beginning of team try outs, games and practices, three highly regarded experts from White Plains Hospital will present a valuable talk on sports safety for kids. The informational session is open to the public and will provide parents, coaches, and caregivers with the tools they need to prevent injuries and accidents among school-aged kids, as well as guidance on what to do when injuries do occur.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2.6 million children ages 19 and younger are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year for sports and recreation-related injuries, including sprains and strains, and injuries involving growth plates and repetitive motions.
“Playing sports provide tremendous physical and social benefits for kids,” said Michael Schwartz, MD, orthopedic surgeon with White Plains Hospital Physician Associates Orthopedic Specialists who specializes in sports medicine, “but it is extremely important for parents and coaches to know how they can prevent physical injury among their competitive young athletes, and how to react when an injury occurs.”
The talk will be held on Wednesday, September 28th from 6:30-7:30 PM at the Chappaqua Public Library, 195 South Greeley Avenue in Chappaqua. It is part of the Hospital’s Take Charge of Your Health Community Education series, free of charge and open to the public.
Panelists are Dr. Samantha Lowe, a pediatrician with a background in emergency pediatrics; Dr. Michael Weintraub, a neurologist specializing in brain trauma, cerebral concussions and other neurological issues; and Dr. Schwartz. Pediatrician Dr. Ellen Lestz will provide introductory remarks. Dr. Lestz, Dr. Lowe and Dr. Weintraub are based at White Plains Hospital Medical and Wellness, a multispecialty outpatient facility in Armonk, while Dr. Schwartz practices out of White Plains.
Advance registration is not required, but interested individuals can call Jamie Bocchino at (914) 681-2650 or email JBocchino@wphospital.org for more information.