New Orleans Saints and Ochsner Host Teen Athlete Seminar

Added on May 04, 2008 | Filed Under: General News

"Hello Health for Athletes" Community Event at the Saints Training Facility

NEW ORLEANS - Spring training is fast approaching and young athletes are preparing for the upcoming season. It's evident that sports and unfortunately, injuries go hand in hand. Injuries sustained in the early teen years can be especially harmful. To help educate young athletes and their parents, Ochsner, Elmwood Fitness Center and the New Orleans Saints are teaming up to host a Hello Health for Athletes seminar on Saturday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Saints Training Facility, 5800 Airline Highway in Metairie. Athletes ages 14 and older are invited to attend and reservations are required.

"Although sports injuries are a danger at any age, pre-teens and teenagers are at higher risk for injury because their bones are still growing during a time when they are exposed to vigorous, repetitive movements," says Dr. Deryk Jones, M.D., Section Head of Ochsner Sports Medicine Department.

Hello Health for Athletes will include the following activities:

  • Brian Young, #66, Saints Defensive Tackle Speaking on "Overcoming a Major Sports Injury"
  • Tour of the Saints facility including player locker rooms and training rooms
  • Sport-specific warm-up exercises & drills led by Elmwood Fitness Center trainers
  • Deryk Jones, M.D. presenting "Prevention, Detection, and Treatment of Common Sports Injuries"

To register, call 1-866-OCHSNER (1-866-624-7637) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event and will cost $5.00 per person.

Ochsner Health System ( is a non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system dedicated to patient care, research and education.  The system includes seven hospitals and over 35 health centers located throughout Southeast Louisiana.  Ochsner employs over 600 physicians in 80 medical specialties and subspecialties and 450 clinical research trials annually.  Ochsner was ranked one of the "Best Places to Work" by New Orleans CityBusiness in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and received the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 12 consecutive years.  Ochsner was ranked as "Best" Hospital by U.S. News and World Report in July 2007.  Ochsner has more than 10,000 employees system-wide.

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