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Rays and Magic Coaches Join St. Anthony’s Experts To Keep Student Athletes In The Game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (June 30, 2011) – When it comes to nurturing student athletes, no one is as important to their health and well being as parents. Now moms and dads – as well as coaches and health professionals – can learn how to keep tweens and teens in the game at the St. Anthony’s Hospital Sports Medicine Conference, Aug. 6 from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Hilton St. Petersburg – Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive, St. Petersburg.

The Student Athletes: Keeping Them In The Game and Injury Free conference will feature a panel of strength and conditioning coaches from the Tampa Bay Rays, the Orlando Magic and the University of South Florida to discuss techniques on how to keep student athletes in top form and free of injuries. Attendees will also have the chance to ask questions following the panel discussion.

That’s just the start as St. Anthony’s Sports Medicine experts will hold several sessions throughout the day to give parents and youth coaches the key information they need to keep their young athletes healthy on the playing field. The registration fee of $20 includes all the sessions and lunch. The first 100 people to register for the event will receive two free tickets each to a Tampa Bay Rays home game.

“We think that it is vitally important for parents to be ahead of the game when considering the medical needs of their children when it comes to sports,” said Koco Eaton, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon and a team physician for the Rays. “The more knowledge parents have, the better they can prepare for the athletic success of their children.”

Scheduled sessions include:

Labral Tears in Throwing Athletes
Koco Eaton, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon
First-time labral (shoulder) tears resulting in joint instability are common in the young athlete. Learn about the newest techniques that will restore joint stability more quickly and reduce the chance for future recurrence of shoulder injury.

Injuries and Overuse of the Thrower’s Elbow and Forearm
Doug Carlan, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon
Learn screening techniques to identify potential balance or range of motion issues that can explain a player’s source of pain and reduce the risk for overuse injury of the elbow or forearm.

ACL Injuries in the Young Athlete
Drew Warnick, M.D., Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
Various factors will influence the treatment decision of an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in a young athlete, such as degree of skeletal maturity and sport-specific demands, post treatment. Learn about important assessments and treatment options for the best outcome.

Developing an Emergency Action Plan for Injuries
John Gross, M.D.
Being prepared for a serious injury can mean the difference in the outcome for an injured athlete. Learn how to develop initial treatment strategies for emergent incidents such as fractures, head injuries, ruptured spleen, dehydration and heat exhaustion.

Substance Use, Abuse and Performance
Vince Lodato, MSW, LCSW
Learn about current trends in drug testing in sports, how to recognize signs of substance abuse, and strategies to identify and refer athletes for help when needed.

Effective Pre-season Conditioning Program
Larry Mayol, ACT/LAT
Learn the key ingredients for an effective pre-season conditioning program that will help identify correctible risk factors early and prepare young athletes for improved performance and overall better physical condition for when game time begins.

This unique conference will benefit parents of middle- and high-school athletes as well as coaches, trainers and health care professionals. For physical and occupational therapists, there are six continuing education credits pending. To register for this informative conference, please call (727) 253-4132 or visit

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. 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 St. Anthony’s Sports Medicine Program
St. Anthony's Sports Medicine Program's consists of a professional team of board-certified orthopedic surgeons, board-certified sports medicine physicians, physical therapists and certified athletic trainers. The Sports Medicine team works with each individual patient providing the latest treatments diagnosis to rehabilitation with the goal of getting competitive athletes and weekend warriors back in the game. To help athletes stay healthy for peak performance, the St. Anthony’s sports medicine experts offers a lecture series with tips on how to improve sports performance.

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

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