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St. Anthony’s Helps Athletes Get Their Heads In The Game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Sept. 9, 2011) – Staying focused and keeping emotions in check is an important part of athletics. So it’s key that athletes prepare their thoughts and emotions whether they are on the court or the field. A St. Anthony’s sports medicine expert will offer tips on how athletes can prepare their minds for peak athletic performance during “The Time Is Now, The Place Is Here,” a free sports medicine lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Outpatient Center (Carillon), meeting rooms A and B.

Vince Lodato, MSW, LCSW, a sports motivation specialist, will discuss how athletes, coaches and parents all talk about preparation of the body for athletic performance. But the mental preparation can get lost. By getting their heads in the game, athletes can prepare both their bodies and thoughts for the workout or competition ahead. Lodato will help participants develop skills that enhance athletic performance, improve competitiveness and increase satisfaction and enjoyment on any athletic field.

Every 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 of 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 year in 2011, the hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care.

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, from 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 www.BayCare.org.

Contact: Sherry Robinson, (727) 825-1445 Phone;  (727) 257-7052 Pager