Workshop to Focus on Sports Injury Prevention for Young Athletes

July 30, 2013 – (San Diego, CA) – Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and Safe Kids San Diego will host a free community workshop in City Heights focusing on sports injury prevention for young athletes. The event will offer parents, athletes, coaches and trainers’ important tips and valuable information about some of the most common types of injuries young athletes suffer while playing sports.

Experts will talk about the importance of sports physicals and provide details on a free program offered by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services that provides free physicals and pre-participation exams. Other topics include head injuries, concussions and proper hydration.

An estimated 2.6 million children and teenagers under 19 years old are treated in emergency rooms for sport related injuries across the United States every year.

“Our goal is to keep kids in the game, and, together with Safe Kids San Diego, we are committed to help reduce these injuries by educating parents, coaches and young athletes,” said Mary Beth Moran, Injury Prevention Manager at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and Coordinator for Safe Kids San Diego. “Many of these sport injuries can be easily prevented.”

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, July 31 from 3 to 4:30 p.m., at the City Heights Wellness Center, 4440 Wightman Street, Suite 200, San Diego.

The Wellness Center is a partnership between Rady Children’s and Scripps Health.

About Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego:
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is a 475-bed pediatric care facility providing the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego, Southern Riverside and Imperial counties. Rady Children’s is the only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. In June 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked Rady Children’s among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in all ten pediatric specialties the magazine surveyed. For more information, visit www.rchsd.org and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo and YouTube.