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St. Anthony’s Helps Athletes Avoid Upper Extremity Injuries

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (June 7, 2011) – Sore shoulders. Sprained wrists. Aching elbows. Such are the aches and pains with which many athletes are all too familiar. St. Anthony’s sports medicine experts will explain how athletes can keep injuries of their upper body extremities to a minimum during “Upper Extremity Sports – How to Avoid Most Common Injuries,” a free sports medicine lecture on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Outpatient Center (Carillon), meeting rooms A and B.

Orthopedic surgeon Douglas Carlan, MD, will discuss the latest treatments for the most common upper extremity sports. Dr. Carlan also will explain which conditions respond best to surgical and non-surgical treatment options. Following the lecture, Melissa Cunningham, a licensed occupational therapist who specializes in sports medicine, will demonstrate effective stretches for pre- and post-sports activities to prevent injuries to the shoulder, elbow, hand or wrist.

Each month, the St. Anthony’s sports medicine experts offer tips on how to improve sports performance. To register, call (727) 953-9129 or visit StAnthonys.com. The outpatient center is located at 900 Carillon Parkway, off Ulmerton Road, near Feather Sound in St. Petersburg.

About St. Anthony’s Hospital
St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and is the first and only faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. As St. Anthony’s celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2011, the hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. In 2010, St. Anthony’s Hospital earned the prestigious ENERGY STAR award by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for superior energy efficiency for a second year. St. Anthony’s Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center is the only breast center in St. Petersburg honored with accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the American College of Radiology (ACR).

About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need.

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at www.BayCare.org.

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