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DePuy Mitek Sponsors Back to School Physicals and Youth Sports Injury Prevention Clinic

Event Hosted by Safe Kids Greater Houston and Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas

SUGAR LAND (August 4, 2012) — DePuy Mitek, Inc., a leading orthopaedics sports medicine company, sponsored back to school physicals and a youth sports injury prevention clinic today at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas. The event was hosted by Safe Kids Greater Houston and Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas (MOST) and was open to middle and high school students and parents. In addition to providing physicals, healthcare providers discussed ACL injuries, nutrition, over-training injuries and concussions. Two cardiologists also were on-site to screen for arrhythmias and heart defects, if recommended by the screening physician. Retired professional baseball player, Grover Deacon Jones made an appearance at the event along with Houston Texan Cheerleaders and the Astros Street Team.

“Sports participation offers a host of benefits for children, including weight management, social skills development and team-building skills, but there can be downsides as well without the proper precautions and training,” said Timothy Sitter, M.D., an Orthopedic Surgeon with MOST. “There are many common misperceptions that result in overuse injuries, dehydration or worse, and each year millions of young athletes end up in the emergency room or doctor’s office with injuries that can bring sports participation to a halt. Our hope is that this clinic will help educate parents and young athletes so that we can reduce the number of injuries in our community.”

Proceeds from the event will be donated back to participating schools.

The Safe Kids Greater Houston and Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas clinic is one of several clinics taking place throughout the country as part of a national sports injury prevention educational campaign by Safe Kids Worldwide and supported by DePuy Mitek. The campaign focuses on raising awareness of critical measures to optimize health and prevent sports related injuries, including:

  • Pre-Season Medical Screening: These exams can detect underlying conditions the young athlete may have and help to prevent a potential medical emergency.
  • Safety gear: To prevent acute injuries, children playing sports should have access to and consistently use well-maintained safety equipment, such as helmets, during both practices and games.
  • Proper Conditioning: To prevent acute and overuse injuries, coaches should teach young athletes proper routines for both warm-ups and cool-downs before and after practice and play. This can help prevent sports-related injuries (such as muscle tears or sprains) by stretching and releasing any muscle tension.
  • Hydration: Athletes should be encouraged to drink fluids (water or sports drink) 30 minutes before the activity begins and every 15-20 minutes during activity. Coaches should establish mandatory water breaks during practice and games—don't wait for the child to tell you he/she is thirsty.
  • Rest: If young athletes are very tired or in pain, coaches and parents should encourage them to rest as this valuable recovery time can help prevent acute and overuse injuries.

“Parents and coaches need access to more youth sports safety information to keep young athletes healthy and engaged in activities that they enjoy,” said Ian Lawson, Worldwide President, DePuy Mitek. “DePuy Mitek is pleased to work in collaboration with Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas and Safe Kids to support this clinic and help educate the public about youth sports safety and injury prevention.”

For more information on sports injury prevention, visit www.safekids.org/sports .

About DePuy Mitek
DePuy Mitek is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative orthopedic sports medicine products. The Company offers minimally invasive, arthroscopic surgical solutions that address the challenges of soft tissue repair in the shoulder, knee and other joints, as well as non-surgical therapies such as ORTHOVISC® High Molecular Weight Hyaluronan. DePuy Mitek is part of the DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson which builds upon a legacy of innovation by filling unmet clinical needs and improving patient and economic outcomes across joint reconstruction, trauma, spine, sports medicine, neurological, cranio-maxillofacial, power tools and biomaterials.

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