Those in attendance at the “Keeping Kids in the Game for Life” clinic, part of the STOP Sports Injuries campaign, came away with lot of information on overuse prevention, stretching, hydration and more Saturday.
The majority of the small group at Evans Middle School were parents and coaches with Martinez-Evans Little League.
On hand were Dr. Douglas Phillips, of Orthopaedic Associates of Augusta, P.A., physical therapist Lonnie Hergott, from PEAK Rehabilitation and Fitness, and former Atlanta Brave Matt Childers, of Complete Game MLB.
After seeing boys on her son’s travel baseball team go down with overuse injuries, certified pediatric physical therapist Carrie Boan enlisted the help of Carroll Proctor, the new president of Martinez-Evans Little League, to stage the clinic.
“This was awesome,” said Boan. “They did a great job but I wish more people were here to hear it.”
There was a common theme running through each of the presentations.
“Rest. I think that was mentioned by every single person,” Todd Fuller said.
Fuller was there to hear about arm overuse injuries along with his son, Grant, 11, who plays baseball and football.
“I wanted to find the proper protocols and to hear from the experts what is the latest information,” said Fuller. “The last thing I want to do is have an injury for him at 11 that will prevent him from being 18 and being that much better.”
Childers talked about his experiences as a professional pitcher and wanted to stress the importance of rest to help minimize the risk of injury.
“Just for the parents and coaches to be reminded that they have to be observant of the kids as to how they’re doing,” Childers said. “You want to practice and maximize what you can do without having any overuse injuries.”