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St. Anthony’s Helps Athletes Avoid Serious Injury

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 20, 2012) – No pain, no gain is a thing of the past. If a little ache goes untreated, it can become a big pain, especially for runners. Let the St. Anthony’s sports medicine experts offer tips on how to avoid turning small twinges into large headaches during “Runners: Recognize & Treat An Injury Before It Becomes A Serious Problem,” a free sports medicine lecture on Monday, April 9, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Outpatient Center (Carillon), meeting rooms A and B.

Bryan Thomas, a St. Anthony’s licensed massage therapist, will discuss how the appropriate massage therapy can keep you active and in the race. Then join Koco Eaton, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and a team physician for the Tampa Bay Rays, who will discuss how runners can learn to recognize and prevent common injuries, such as stress fractures, hamstring strains, shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and Achilles tendonitis. This session is a must, just in time for athletes about to participate in the St. Anthony’s Triathlon on April 29 in downtown St. Petersburg.

Every month, the St. Anthony’s sports medicine experts offer tips on improving sports performance. To register, call (727) 953-9129 or visit and search for the lecture by title. The St. Anthony’s Outpatient Center, which offers outpatient surgery, imaging services, physical therapy and rehabilitation and also features the Carillon Wellness Center and physician offices, is located at 900 Carillon Parkway, off Ulmerton Road, near Feather Sound in St. Petersburg.

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.

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

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