Sports Safety Initiative watches out for student athletes

Mark Tesoro, Special to The News-Press 10:03 a.m. EST November 27, 2015According to SafeKids Worldwide, one in three children participating in team sports is injured seriously enough to miss practice or games.(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto) http://slashdot.org/users2.pl?nick=sportshealthwatch&uid=4287755 - Sportshealthwatch - When parents and friends attend a local high school sports event, they expect to see great athleticism and team spirit from players who thoroughly enjoy taking part in the game. One of the most important things we can do to enhance the experience is to keep athletes from getting sidelined by injury.Florida is a leader in the nation for sport-related injury and deaths. According to SafeKids Worldwide, one in three children participating in team sports is injured seriously enough to miss practice or games.Fortunately, the Youth Sports Safety Initiative a recent community partnership including Lee Memorial Health System, Lee County Public Schools, physician members of Lee County Medical Society assures that young athletes receive care as quickly as possible while still on the field.Dr. Pete Bohatch, Director of http://www.askmen.com/sports/ - http://www.askmen.com/sports/ - Athletics for Lee County Schools, and Dr. Abbott Bo Kagan, orthopedic surgeon, are credited with spearheading the initiative. They approached Lee Memorial Health System to join the partnership. With the only Level II Trauma Center between Tampa and Miami, the health system is best equipped to address most of the catastrophic sports injuries in the region.There are seven trainers, each is Athletic Trainer Certified, and youll see one of them along the sidelines of most major sporting events this year, as well as at practice, providing coverage for all 13 Lee County public high schools. Lee Memorial Health System is providing three of http://www.bestbuy.com/site/electronics/health-fitness-sports/pcmcat242800050021.c?id=pcmcat242800050021 - http://www.bestbuy.com/site/electronics/health-fitness-sports/pcmcat242800050021.c?id=pcmcat242800050021 - the seven trainers this year. http://www.2shared.com/my_files/1 - WWW.SPORTSHEALTHWATCH.COM/ - In addition, the Lee Memorial Family Medicine program has assigned its medical residents to various high schools throughout the area to cover and attend games. The initiative offers additional hands-on clinical learning environment for their Florida State University medical residentswhile providing an additional layer of protection to the athletes on the field. .According to the CDC, more than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable. Education is the key to preventing injuries. The trainers and residents devote their time to teaching students, teachers, coaches and parents about nutrition, training, performance, and injuries such as concussion prevention and symptoms, ACL (acute cruciate ligament) and avoiding overuse that can result in conditions like tennis elbow.Prevention is the best medicine, especially when it comes to keeping our young athletes safe. Safety is our No. 1 priority and Lee Memorial Health System is proud to support the Youth Sports Safety Initiative. If you are a coach or parent of an athlete, start your season off right by contacting the Lee Memorial Trauma Center to host a brief discussion about how to play hard and safe for a lifetime. http://bestheart001.livejournal.com/profile - www.sportshealthwatch.com - Mark Tesoro is an injury prevention educator with Lee Memorial Health Systems Trauma Center. https://www.instapaper.com/p/sprthealthwatch - WWW.SPORTSHEALTHWATCH.COM - Read or Share this story: http://newspr.es/1jnCUkg