With more children today playing organized sports on school, recreation or travel teams than there ever have been – and starting at a younger age than in the past – there also has been a spike in injuries, both statewide and nationally. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), in partnership with Safe Kids New Jersey, invites youth athletes in grades one through six, their parents and their coaches to learn how to “Play Safer, Smarter, Stronger, Faster” on June 4* at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, home of the Somerset Patriots.
This event is free and open to the public. Youth will participate in interactive stations including “Warm Up,” “Prevent and Recognize Concussions,” “Nutrition & Hydration” and keep “Head Smart.”
“It’s great that kids are more active, but with that we’re also seeing more concussions, acute injuries and overuse injuries issues like strains and sprains and shin splints,” explained Diana Starace, injury prevention coordinator for RWJUH and Safe Kids Middlesex County. “We want to reach these youth athletes before they develop bad habits, like not eating properly before a game or relying only on sports drinks to keep hydrated, and teach them proper preparation and play habits.”
To participate in the clinic, individuals must have tickets for the Patriots game. Purchase discounted game tickets and register for the clinic at www.somersetpatriots.com/tickets/groups and click the “Group Portal Login” button (located on the bottom right of the screen). Then use code RWJBSSC.
Coaches who register their teams to participate in the “Team Challenge” advance of the event will qualify to win a team prize.
EVENT: Sports Safety Clinic
DATE/TIME: Sunday, June 4, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
LOCATION: TD Bank Ballpark
860 E. Main Street
Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807