After seeing boys on her son’s travel baseball team go down with overuse injuries, Carrie Boan knew it was time to speak up.
“We’d look around and see these young athetes ready to get injured, and it’s hard to watch, so my husband kept saying you need to open your mouth,” said Boan, a certified pediatric physical therapist with Pediatric Therapy of Aiken LLC, who lives in Evans.
With the help of Carol Proctor, the new president of Martinez-Evans Little League, Boan has put together Keeping Kids in the Game for Life, a STOP Sports Injuries event, which will be at Evans Middle School from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 30. The event free.
Also presenting will be Dr. Douglas Phillips, of Orthopedic Associates of Augusta P.A.; physical therapist Lonnie Hergott from PEAK Rehabilitation and Fitness; and former Atlanta Brave Matt Childers of Complete Game MLB.
STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) began in 2007, and among the board members is renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Boan went to a national STOP clinic recently and had the opportunity to speak with Andrews.
“Oh yes, Augusta, Evans, I see a lot of kids from that area,” Boan said was Andrews’ response. “I thought, geez, how embarrassing. It lets me know we’re not doing the right things for our athletes.”
Boan and the panel will talk about overuse prevention, stretching, growth plates, hydration and more.
“It’s a lot to cover in two hours, but I’m trying to keep it general for the parents,” Boan said.
In August, Boan plans to hold another clinic to address football concussions and knee-overuse injuries.
For more information, call (843) 450-4074.