Inova Youth Sports Safety and Health Day

Fairfax, Va. (WUSA9) -- From baseline concussion testing to physicals and even a giant walk-through brain. Saturday, Inova held it's Youth Sports Safety and Health Day.

The Patriot Center was bustling with activities aimed to prepare young athletes and parents for upcoming sports activities. The Florentine family was one of many who attended the event. The children who are very active in sports activities.

Greg Florentine of Fairfax says, "All four of my kids actually play sports so they are learning stuff and I am amazed at what they are learning already."

Colette Florentine says, "I've learned a little bit more about what happens when you play sports and what do you do when you are playing sports and what you can do to prepare your body."

Two-time gold medal Olympic soccer goalie Briana Scurry signed autographs and talked about her experience with concussions.

WUSA9 Sports Anchor Kristen Berset moderated a panel, where cardio issues in young athletes and good nutritional habits were topics of discussion.

Inova unveiled an app called Coach Safely, available on Android and iPhone.
The app gives wait and drive times for the nearest emergency rooms, a concussion guide, and tips for staying safe in extreme conditions.

Rob Birgfeld of Inova says, "We have the opportunity to interface directly with an Inova Sports Medicine expert. They can request an on-site consultation or ask an open end question to one of our experts."

The Inova SportsMetrics program tested the jump technique for many of the young athletes in attendance. They tracked the angle of their legs as they land from the jump. This notes the risk of possible ACL injuries.


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