“Play Hard, Play Right” Sports Safety Program

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X-ray of a pained joint in the knee

The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center will be hosting a special symposium, “Play Hard, Play Right: Making Youth Sports Safer,” on Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. John Gallucci, Jr. will be one of the expert panelists in attendance.

LITTLE FALLS — With growing concerns over safety in youth and high school sports, the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center will be hosting a special symposium, “Play Hard, Play Right: Making Youth Sports Safer,” on Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m.

It’s been estimated by SafeKids Worldwide that 1.35 million times a year a young athlete suffers a sports injury severe enough to go to the emergency room. To address the causes and cures for such high incidences will be three leading sports safety experts:

* Roman Oben, Former 12-year National Football League lineman and currently NFL Director of Youth Football.
*John Gallucci, President and founder of JAG-ONE Physical Therapy and medical coordinator for Major League Soccer.
* Robb Rehberg, PhD, Professor William Paterson University, Consultant in Sports Medicine and founder of Sport Safety International.

The program is free and ideal for parents, coaches, athletic trainers, personal trainers and other youth sports officials, and made possible through the support of The Richard Becher Memorial Foundation for Safety in Sports. It is also part of a series of sports safety programs related to the Museum’s new exhibit, “Saving Face: The Evolution of the Catcher and Goalie Mask.”

While bills recently introduced in Congress are aimed at keeping young athletes safe – e.g. helping leagues and school districts develop concussion management plans – the lack of trained coaches as well as medical availability at events remain an issue. The important thing to remember about preventable injuries is that they are preventable.
To RSVP or for more information about “Play Hard, Play Right,” call (973) 655-2378.

The Richard Becher Memorial Foundation for Safety in Sports, Inc. was founded as a result of Mr. Becher’s death in 2014 after being struck in the head while pitching batting practice to his son’s 12U travel baseball team. The Foundation’s mission is to promote a safe environment for players, coaches and spectators in youth sports.

The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, a nonprofit sports education organization, was founded in 1998 on the campus of Montclair State University. Its mission is to educate and inspire all people, especially children, with culturally diverse, inclusive sports-based programming and exhibits.