News Release

September 9, 2010

Contact: Chris DeFrancesco, 860-679-3914

Free Program on Youth Sports Injury Prevention September 22

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Sports medicine experts who provide care to the University of Connecticut’s student athletes are holding a free program about youth sports injury prevention Wednesday, September 22, at the UConn Health Center.

Speakers will include Dr. Robert Arciero, chief of the UConn Health Center’s Sports Medicine Division, Dr. Thomas Trojian, director of the UConn Health Center’s Injury Prevention and Sports Outreach Programs, and Dr. Thomas DeBerardino, an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and joint preservation. They’ll discuss prevention of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, concussions, and throwing injuries and describe the sports medicine services available at the New England Musculoskeletal Institute. They also will explain STOP Sports Injuries, a campaign to engage athletes and their parents, coaches and health care providers and help them learn more about the prevention, treatment and long-term effects of overuse and trauma injuries. STOP is an acronym for "Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention."

The program starts at 7 p.m. in the Low Learning Center. To register, call 800-535-6232. More information about the New England Musculoskeletal Institute is available at More about STOP Sports Injuries is available at

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