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Dayton Daily News (Ohio)
By Pamela Dillon

Your family can have some serious fun this weekend. Serious, because parents can receive loads of good information about sports injuries to get their kids back on the playing field much faster.

And fun, because kids can compete in a Challenge of Champions, climb a rock wall and win free prizes. It's all happening Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at the Dayton Children's Outpatient Care Center in Springboro.

"It's a 24-foot rock wall shaped like a volcano; it can hold three kids at once. It's a unique opportunity for kids to do something they don't normally get to do," said Ashley Stanko, sports medicine marketing manager. "The fitness challenge includes five activities: a 40-yard dash, a long jump, a football toss, a ladder drill for agility and what we call a four-corner drill, taking tennis balls and placing them on top of cones."

The event also includes a free baseline concussion test.

"Without a baseline test to use for comparison, a child's post-injury test scores can only be compared to the general population," says Lora Scott, co-director of sports medicine. "After a concussion occurs, it is important to measure how well your brain functions post-injury."

Five experts from the field of sports medicine will be on hand to give parents advice about nutrition and injury prevention. Nutritious recipes will be distributed.

Smoothie King will give away free smoothies for the first 200 guests.

There will also be free snacks, and giveaways including water bottles, drawstring bags, tote bags, magnets and pens.

A raffle drawing will be held for: Dayton Dragon's gear, game tickets for the University of Dayton and Wright State University and gift certificates for Milano's and Buffalo Wild Wings.

The Sports Medicine department opened at the Dayton Children's Outpatient Care Center in Springboro this past January. The physicians treat : fracture, dehydration, exercise-induced asthma, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, knee problems, leg pain and MCL/ACL problems.

June 20, 2014


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