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Coaches’ Education Clinic July 25

Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Department will sponsor its 11th annual Coaches’ Education Clinic on July 25.

During this free sports medicine clinic, experts will discuss topics that pertain specifically to keeping young athletes safe and healthy.

Participating in the program are four sports medicine experts.

Jonathan Banz is a physical therapist with Baystate Rehabilitation Care at BFMC who specializes in sports medicine and spine rehabilitation. He will present on The Functional Movement Screen: An Effective and Efficient Screening for the Competitive and Recreational Athlete. The discussion focuses on using movement patterns to identify limitations and asymmetries that may reduce the effects of training and physical conditioning, in an effort to prevent potential injury and improve performance.

Bruce Homstead is a registered dietitian and licensed nutritionist at Homstead Health in Easthampton, and is a consultant to schools, nursing homes and hospitals. He will discuss Strategic Hydration: Recovery and Repletion, which focuses on the methodology behind hydrating athletes. He will also present The Gluten-Free Athlete, which discusses the science behind keeping a gluten-intolerant athlete fully fueled for game day.

Medical director at Baystate Sports & Exercise Medicine, Dr. Darius Greenbacher, will discuss Overuse Injuries: Strength, Flexibility, and Conditioning. The presentation will inform attendees how to prevent athletes from overuse injuries through conditioning, strengthening, and mobilization strategies.

Dr. Julio Martinez-Silvestrini is the medical director at Outpatient Baystate Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. His presentation, Management of Foot and Ankle Injuries, will focus on evidence-based advances in the management and rehabilitation of foot and ankle injuries.

There is no charge for the clinic; pre-registration is required. A light supper will be included. For more information or to register, call Baystate Health Link at 1-800-377-4325.

The clinic will run from 5 to 9 p.m., in Northampton High School, 380 Elm St., Northampton.

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