Virtua and Flyers team up on sports safety
More than 3.5 million children under age 14 are hurt each year playing sports or recreational activities and nearly 775,000 of those are treated in hospital emergency rooms. As the fall sports season gets underway, Virtua sports medicine experts and Philadelphia Flyer Danny Briere
talked about preventing sports injuries during a seminar for more than 100 parents and coaches of student athletes.
Panel members discussed concussions and second impact syndrome, repetitive-use injuries to developing bones and joints as well as hydration and supplementation. The interactive format included questions and participation from the audience. At the end of the evening, Briere signed autographs and posed for photos.
The panel was held at Eastern High School in Voorhees, N.J. and included Briere, whose hockey career spans more than a decade, along with Mark G. Schwartz, MD,
a Virtua orthopaedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in sports medicine and co-director of Virtua's sports medicine program; Michael Goodman, MD,
a Virtua pediatric neurologist who specializes in concussion management; and Casey Christy
, ATC, athletic trainer at Eastern.
As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare
, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
and the Fox Chase Cancer Center
. It is the official orthopedic provider for the Philadelphia Flyers
. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit www.virtua.org