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Lecture: Sports can be safe for children

In a resort area like Aspen, it’s expected that children will participate heavily in sports – but parents and coaches may not always have the best information on how to keep children as healthy and safe as they can be.

Jordan D. Metzl, MD, the fourth speaker in the Aspen Given Foundation’s Winter Public Lecture Series, will give a presentation on “Healthy Sports: A Guide for Parents and Coaches” today at 5:30 p.m.

The Given Institute is located at 100 E. Francis St. Light refreshments will be served at 5 p.m., and the lecture is free.

Dr. Metzl is the medical director of the Sports Medicine Institute for Young Athletes at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City – and he’s also an 18-time marathoner and two-time Ironman Triathlete. Dr. Metzl has also served on the U.S. Olympics Committee Advisory Board and as a medical correspondent for the CBS Saturday Morning Show.

During his presentation, Dr. Metzl will talk about how parents can optimize nutrition for their children, how to prevent a wide range of sports-related injuries and how parents can interact effectively with coaches. He’ll also talk about how to determine the appropriate level of competition for children of different ages – and the importance of balancing sports with other activities.

“I’ll talk about the psychological excess of competition, but mostly I’ll be talking about some basic methods of making sports healthier and safer,” said Dr. Metzl. “I’m a huge jock myself, and I certainly don’t discourage sports, but there’s a lot of information that can help parents and coaches as they work with kids.”

In a recent interview, Dr. Metzl said of the 30 million children who participated in sports in the U.S. last year, more than one million suffered injuries that required an emergency room visit.

Dr. Metzl will talk about a wide range of over-use injuries – from shin splints to shoulder problems in baseball pitchers – and how to recognize when they are becoming serious enough to pose long-term health problems.

For more information, call 925-3730; or visit the Web site at http://www.giveninstitute.org.

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