Posted on October 5, 2010
ONS Foundation Sports Injuries
Girl’s Sports Injury Prevention


On Tuesday, October 12, from 7-9 p.m., the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education will present a free workshop on girls’ sports injuries with a focus on ACL injury and stress fractures at the OGRCC, Eastern Greenwich Civic Center, 90 Harding Road, Old Greenwich.  Primary care sports medicine physician Gloria Cohen, MD and orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Katherine Vadasdi, MD will discuss why girls have certain risks for potentially serious sports injuries.  The hands-on workshop is open to girls, ages 11 to 19, parents, youth sports coaches and athletic trainers. Physical therapists from ONS Physical Therapy will work with participants in small groups on effective conditioning techniques for injury prevention.  The seminar is free, however registration is required. Call (203) 637 3659 or email [email protected].

Integrative Approach to Medical Management

“One of the most important ways to prevent sports injuries in girls is to recognize the signs and symptoms of minor conditions,” says Dr. Cohen, whose practice takes an integrative approach to medical management, considering a patient’s biomechanics, cardiovascular, and pulmonary function as it relates to athletic performance. “Continuing to play after a seemingly ‘minor injury’ can make the condition more serious. For example, shin pain might not be from shin splints or muscle strain, but could be a symptom of a hairline or more serious fracture.” Both doctors recommend a team approach to keep athletes safe. The athlete, parents and coaches need to work together.

Seminar Topics Include:

  • Why some injuries are unique to girls
  • How girls’ biomechanics and nutritional needs differ from boys’
  • Danger signs and symptoms of injury
  • Common overuse injuries. Know of the risk factors and warning signs
  • What can be done to keep girls on the playing field and out of the operating room?

About Dr. Cohen

Dr. Cohen serves as primary-care team physician for the Columbia University Varsity athletic teams and lectures for the Columbia Department of Orthopedics. She has served as team physician for the Canadian National Olympic Cycling Team for more than 14 years and as team physician for the Canadian fencing team. She has been a member of the Canadian medical team for four Olympic Games.

About Dr. Vadasdi

Dr. Vadasdi is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine, and the shoulder and elbow. She performed a residency in orthopedics at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York and completed fellowship training in shoulder, elbow and sports medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, Department of Orthopedics.  In addition to their practices, both physicians are accomplished athletes. Dr. Cohen is a competitive runner and cyclist. Dr. Vadasdi is an experienced triathlete and has completed several Ironman competitions.  She is also an alpine climber.

A Collaborative Program

The workshop is a collaborative program of the OGRCC (Old Greenwich-Riverside Community Center) and the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education.