Back to Sports talk explores benefits, risks of youth sports

On Thursday, March 3, experts from Stamford Health will present a free information session as part of the American Heart Association and National Football League’s Back to Sports program. The program is designed to provide answers to parents and local sports program participants as well as promote physical activity and safe sports participation among youth.

The program will highlight benefits and risks associated with sports participation, including several topics generating significant attention lately, including concussion awareness; heat and hydration; cardiac arrest and CPR; and the prevention of overuse injuries. The presentation and following discussion will feature a panel of experts, including:

  • David Hsi, MD, Chief of Cardiology and Co-Director, Stamford Health Heart & Vascular Institute
  • Daniel Zelazny, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine and Trauma at Stamford Health Orthopedic & Spine Institute; Team Physician for Stamford High School and Marist College
  • Christina Kunec, PsyD, Neuropsychologist and Director, Stamford Health Concussion Center
  • Rebecca Petersen, MS, ATC, Patient Care Coordinator, Stamford Health Concussion Center

The event will take place Thursday, March 3 at The LOFT at Chelsea Piers Connecticut, One Blachley Road in Stamford, from 6-8:30 p.m.  The session is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Please call 877-233-WELL (9355) or sign up online at the Stamford Health  Events Online Calendar  or by clicking here by Thursday, Feb. 25.

About Stamford Health

Stamford Health is a not-for-profit healthcare system in lower Fairfield County. The system provides inpatient, outpatient and ambulatory services through Stamford Hospital, a 305-bed acute care tertiary hospital; Stamford Health Medical Group, a partnership of primary and specialty care physicians; Stamford Hospital Foundation; and a diverse and growing number of retail and ambulatory locations across the region. Stamford Health is affiliated with the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and is a major teaching affiliate of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Stamford Health earned the Planetree Distinction Award for Leadership and Innovation in Patient-Centered Care, placing it among only seven of the 350 Planetree facilities in the world recognized with the honor.

At Stamford Health, care is directed beyond simply treating disease or injury, to consideration of the entire person and his or her physical, emotional and spiritual needs, as well as those of their families and caregivers. This creates an environment where taking care of people involves providing the best care across the entire continuum – from prevention and wellness to diagnosis and treatment to ongoing support. For more information, visit

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