Bristol Regional Hosting Free Seminar Feb. 2 To Provide Information About Preventing Injuries

Bristol Regional Medical Center is hosting a special event designed to keep athletes of all types in the game instead of nursing an injury on the sideline.

It's a free injury-prevention seminar, sponsored by Bristol Regional's trauma services department, which will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Monarch Auditorium. Athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, parents and teachers will be empowered with valuable information on a variety of important subjects.

"This event could be a game-changer for everyone involved in sports in our region," said Sherry Love, Bristol Regional's clinical manager of trauma services. "As a Level II trauma center, we urge everyone in the region to take advantage of this resource, which promotes wellness by dispensing information about injuries from our health professionals."

Speakers will include:

Duke Walker, a physical therapist and outpatient rehabilitation director at Bristol Regional, who will explain the best exercises to prevent injuries and how to perform them correctly. He will speak from 8:30-9 a.m.

Dr. Gabriel Hommel, an orthopedic surgeon from Appalachian Orthopaedic Associates, who will discuss how to avoid arm injuries. His session runs from 9-10 a.m.

Dr. Matthew Wood, a neurosurgeon with Highlands Neurosurgery, who will describe the causes, signs and symptoms of concussions, the safest time to play again and the long-term effects. His program will take place from 10-11 a.m.

Dr. Sidney Collins, a general surgeon with Bristol Surgical Associates, who will discuss protein supplements and energy drinks. His talk runs from 11 a.m.-noon.

Dr. Michael Fleenor, an orthopedist with Appalachian Orthopaedic Associates, will detail the benefits of immediate management of fractures, sprains and strains. His session will be held from noon-12:30 p.m.

For more information about the seminar, please call 423-844-2107.

The event will also provide an opportunity for people who need first aid and CPR training to attend a workshop from 1-5 p.m. This workshop costs $38.50 and requires preregistration. Please call 423-844-3960 to sign up.