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Health Center Today, October 9, 2009

Keeping Young Female Athletes in the Game

Jennifer Rizzotti Headlines Free Program at UConn Health Center for 5th to 8th Grade Girls

By Chris DeFrancesco

The UConn Health Centerís New England Musculoskeletal Institute is offering a free injury prevention program for girls in grades five through eight Sunday, October 25.

Former UConn womenís basketball great and current University of Hartford womenís basketball coach Jennifer Rizzotti is the featured speaker. The program also will include presentations by UConn experts:

  • Dr. Thomas Trojian, UConn team physician and director of Health Centerís Injury Prevention and Sports Outreach programs, will discuss anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury prevention.
  • Dr. Robert A. Arciero, UConn team physician and chief of sports medicine at the Health Center, will discuss prevention and treatment of overuse injuries of the shoulder.
  • Nancy Rodriguez, professor of nutritional sciences and director of sports nutrition, will discuss proper nutrition for workouts.

The program starts at 1 p.m. with the speaking presentations in the Keller Auditorium in the main building, followed by a power walk to the Medical Arts and Research Building for special activities including a basketball throw, raffle, autographs and refreshments.

Parents and guardians are welcome. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call 860-679-7692 or 800-535-6232. More information is also available at