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Annual BayCare Sports Medicine Conference Focuses on Student Athletes

‘The Sports Gene’ Author David Epstein is Keynote Speaker

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (June 30, 2014) – Is it nature or nurture that plays the most important role in developing world-class athletes? David Epstein, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and author of the bestseller, The Sports Gene, will address that question and more during the annual BayCare Sports Medicine Conference, Aug. 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hilton St. Petersburg – Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive, St. Petersburg.

The conference, Keeping Young Athletes in the Game, will focus on ensuring the health of middle and high school athletes. In his keynote address, Epstein will discuss 10,000: The Most Dangerous Number in Sports by examining the origins of the “10,000 hours rule” and how it could ultimately damage the performance and health of young athletes. Epstein’s acclaimed book, The Sports Gene, looks at whether it is innate ability or endless practice that leads to sporting success. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions following his talk.

The first 100 people to register for the event will receive two free tickets each to a Tampa Bay Rays home game.

In addition to Epstein, BayCare’s Sports Medicine experts will hold several sessions throughout the day to give parents, athletic trainers, youth coaches and health professionals the key information they need to keep young athletes healthy, no matter the sport.

Presentations will include information on preventing overuse injuries; female athletes and eating disorders; managing the child athlete’s asthma; and gaining a competitive edge through good nutrition. BayCare’s Sports Medicine team also will explore the hidden threat of concussion in young athletes.

Koco Eaton, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and a team physician for the Rays, will act as emcee of the day-long event. “We think that athletic success for young athletes is no accident,” said Dr. Eaton, who is instrumental in organizing the Sports Medicine Conference.  “It is a combination of hard work but also knowing when the body needs rest and when medical intervention is necessary.”

Registration fees are $35 for students; $40 for adults; and $65 for physicians and health  care professionals who are seeking continuing education credits. Registration includes all sessions, a continental breakfast and lunch. Continuing education credits (CEUs) and continuing medical education credits (CMEs) offered to health professionals for attending the day-long conference are: physicians and physician assistants – 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits; nurses – 6.5 CEUs; physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, radiology technologists – 7.5 CEUs; athletic trainers – 7.0 CEUs.

To register or for more information, please visit or call (727) 953-9192.

About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 11 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, South Florida Baptist, and Winter Haven. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at


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