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Preventing sports injuries focus of free seminar

staff report • Jan 25, 2013 at 8:05 AM

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Regional Medical Center will hold a special event designed to keep all athletes in the game instead of nursing an injury on the sideline.

The free injury-prevention seminar, sponsored by Bristol Regional’s trauma services department, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Monarch Auditorium. Athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, parents and teachers will be empowered with valuable information on a variety of important subjects.

“This event could be a game-changer for everyone involved in sports in our region,” said Sherry Love, Bristol Regional’s clinical manager of trauma services. “As a Level II trauma center, we urge everyone in the region to take advantage of this resource, which promotes wellness by dispensing information about injuries from our health professionals.”

Speakers will include:

• Duke Walker, a physical therapist and outpatient rehabilitation director at Bristol Regional, who will explain the best exercises to prevent injuries and how to perform them correctly. He will speak from 8:30 to 9 a.m.

• Dr. Gabriel Hommel, an orthopedic surgeon from Appalachian Orthopaedic Associates, who will discuss how to avoid arm injuries. His session runs from 9 to 10 a.m.

• Dr. Matthew Wood, a neurosurgeon with Highlands Neurosurgery, who will describe the causes, signs and symptoms of concussions, the safest time to play again and the long-term effects. His program will take place from 10 to 11 a.m.

• Dr. Sidney Collins, a general surgeon with Bristol Surgical Associates, who will discuss protein supplements and energy drinks. His talk runs from 11 a.m. to noon.

• Dr. Michael Fleenor, an orthopedist with Appalachian Orthopaedic Associates, will detail the benefits of immediate management of fractures, sprains and strains. His session will be held from noon to 12:30 p.m.

For more information about the seminar, please call (423) 844-2107.

The event will also provide an opportunity for people who need first aid and CPR training to attend a workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. This workshop costs $38.50 and requires pre-registration. Please call (423) 844-3960 to sign up.

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