Frisco’s Sci-Tech Discovery Center in partnership with Baylor Medical Center of Frisco will be holding free panel discussions beginning March 19th to talk to families about sports related injuries and prevention. Experts on orthopedics, sports medicine, neurosurgery and many other disciplines will be leading these free panel discussions with families. Parents can talk to the experts and kids can enjoy hands-on experiments regarding the science and physiology associated with sports related injuries. Most recently in the news, an executive for the National Football League admitted to a link between concussions and a degenerative brain disease similar to dementia, called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and families are able to access more information about sports injuries in our youth. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, approximately 30 million children and adolescents participate in youth sports in the United States, and participation in organized sports is rising. Over 1.35 million youths sustain a serious sports injury with about 14% of those injuries are injuries to the head and 15% are injuries to the ankle.
The discussion series called “CHALK TALK” begin March 19th from 6 PM to 7:30 PM with additional sessions on different topics on May 21 and July 23rd. Featuring one of the leading Texas Orthopedic Surgeons, sports medicine and training experts, the presentations are meant to educate families and to start and continue dialogue with children about their teams and about the importance of preventing injury.
Bring the kids as they will work with the Sci-Tech staff in educational, hands-on exploration of the science behind sports and potential injuries; the activities will be for ages 4-8 and 9-13, and older teens will benefit from the discussions. Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be provided. Activities and presentation appropriate for ages 5 and up.
All panel discussions will be at the Sci-Tech Discovery Center located at 8004 N. Dallas Pkwy. Frisco, TX 75034
Topics of Discussion
March 19 – Top 5 Sports Injuries
Led by: Randal Troop, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine and Head Team Physician, Frisco Roughriders and Orthopedic Consultant, Texas Rangers
Walking, running, jumping, stretching…any repetitive motion can cause wear and damage to your musculoskeletal system. The sport you love could be taking its toll on your body. Parents and athletes can learn about overuse injuries of the knee, shoulder, and elbow as well as prevention techniques.
May 21 – Training, Coordination, Performance and Diet
Led by: Brian Quesenberry and Allen Russell, Fusionetics, Performance Enhancement Specialist & Corrective Exercise Specialists
Learn how to prepare for a higher level of sports through training, conditioning, and diet to raise your performance level in a safe and productive way. Also learn how to recognize and prevent overuse injuries.
July 23 – Concussions
Led by: Mark T. Barisa , Ph.D, ABPP-CNAmerican Board of Neuropsychology and Health Psychology
Concussions can occur in any sport or recreational activity and usually do not involve a loss of consciousness. In fact, what used to simply be called “getting your bell rung,” may sometimes actually be a sports-related concussion. It is vital that all coaches, parents and athletes learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of concussions in sports and activity and what to do about it.
All events are free but space is limited and you can reserve your seats at mindstretchingfun.org.