GMC, Braves to hold injury prevention clinic

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Medical Center has partnered with the Atlanta Braves and will host an injury prevention clinic at Gwinnett Stadium on Jan. 16.

The clinic, Injury Prevention in Youth Baseball, aims to educate parents and coaches on keeping young players injury-free.

"Our goal is to educate the parents, coaches and players to try to prevent injuries before they happen," said Scott Maughon, chairman of GMC's sports medicine program.

Hospital and team physicians and other experts will take part in a roundtable discussion, followed by an interactive session focusing on pitch counts, pitch types and pitching mechanics.

"Far too many unnecessary sports-related injuries occur right here in our community," said Lloyd Van Pamelen, Gwinnett SportsRehab therapist. "We're hoping that by equipping the parents and coaches of our youth with a few valuable lessons, we can make a huge impact."

The clinic, which is scheduled to last from 8:15 a.m. until 2:15 p.m., will conclude with an all-access tour of the stadium and facilities, hospital officials said.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Registration closes on Jan. 13. To register, call 678-442-5000.

The first 50 to register will receive two tickets to a 2010 Gwinnett Braves game.

For more information, call Tim Simmons at 678-312-6018 or e-mail him at tsimmons@gwinnettmedicalcenter.org.