News Release

November 5, 2008

Contact: Chris DeFrancesco, 860-679-3914

Photos: Bone Health and Injury Prevention

Geno Auriemma, Health Center Experts Advise Young Female Athletes

FARMINGTON, CONN. – More than 100 adolescent girls and their parents attended a female sports health program at the University of Connecticut Health Center Nov. 2. “Bone Health and Injury Prevention” was presented by the New England Musculoskeletal Institute/a> and Celebrate Health, a UConn Health Center education program for women and girls. The formal speaking portion of the program included presentations by Health Center experts and UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, followed by interactive sessions such as a knee injury workshop, agility and vertical jump assessments, chair massages and prize drawings.

Caption: UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma walks with dozens of young athletes as part of a female sports health program at the UConn Health Center. Auriemma encouraged the girls to stay active and try different sports and told them “being a kid and doing kid stuff” is one of the best ways to prepare their bodies for the demands of competitive athletics.

Caption: Young athletes and their parents line up for an autograph from UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma at the UConn Health Center, where Auriemma was the featured speaker at a female sports health education program.

Caption: Kylie Hanlon, an eighth-grader at East Hampton Middle School who plays soccer, takes part in an agility test during a UConn Health Center program for young female athletes. Anthony Cannavo, a certified athletic trainer at the New England Musculoskeletal Institute, records her score.

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