Those in attendance came away with a lot of information at the “Keeping Kids in the Game for Life,” a STOP Sports Injuries event, Saturday morning at Evans Middle School.
The small group present consisted mostly of parents and Martinez-Evans Little League coaches. They heard about overuse prevention, stretching, the mechanism for shoulder injuries, growth plates, hydration and more.
Presenting the program 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 overuse injuries on her son’s travel baseball team, certified pediatric physical therapist Carrie Boan enlisted the help of Carroll Proctor, the new president of Martinez-Evans Little League, to stage the clinic. Despite a low turnout, Boan was happy with the way the event turned out.
“This was awesome,” she said. “They did a great job, but I wish more people were here to hear it.”
A common theme ran through each professional’s presentation.
“Rest. I think that was mentioned by every single person,” said Todd Fuller.
Fuller and his 11-year-old son, Grant, were there to hear about arm-overuse injuries. Grant is a pitcher, shortstop and a football quarterback.
“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.”