Community Howard Regional Health and Replay Physical Therapy will present an interactive, free sports medicine symposium for parents, coaches, student athletes, health-care providers and other interested members of the public.

The Sports Medicine Summer Symposium will be 6 to 8 p.m. June 27 in the auditorium of Kokomo High School, 2501 S. Berkley Road.

The event will feature leading sports medicine and orthopedic experts in the area, including Dr. Mary Apiafi, a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician trained in sports medicine; Dr. Courtney Holland, a board-certified and fellowship trained pediatric orthopedic surgeon; and certified athletic trainers from Replay Physical Therapy.

“The symposium will be a great chance for parents, coaches and local athletes to learn the latest information on important topics like player safety, training, nutrition and injury prevention,” said Apiafi, a graduate of Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Center. “We want to make this event fun, interactive and informative. There is a great youth and adult sports community in this area and we know it’s important to provide the latest information on how these athletes can keep themselves safe, while raising their game.”

Apiafi has worked as a team physician for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and Nigerian Women’s National Basketball Team.

Topics to be addressed during the symposium include concussion management, cardiac arrest, health illness, emergency action plans, musculoskeletal injuries, nutrition and the roles athletic trainers play in local schools. The event also will feature hands-on rehab demonstrations as well as door prizes and giveaways.

Replay Physical Therapy is the largest outpatient rehabilitation center in the area and employs certified athletic trainers that provide sports medicine coverage at Indiana University Kokomo, the Kokomo Jackrabbits and six local school districts.

“Dr. Apiafi and the athletic trainers at Replay have a wealth of knowledge and experience in keeping local athletes healthy and at the top of their game,” said Brett Patterson, manager of Replay Physical Therapy. “We’re excited to bring all of these resources together for a night so that parents, coaches and our athletes can be confident that they have the latest knowledge on these topics that are so important to player safety and overall health.”

Those who have questions about the event may contact Brett Patterson at 765-776-5200.

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