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Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Continues Tradition of Medical Education for Sports Injuries

Released September 27, 2012

WHITE PLAINS, NY – September 27, 2012 – Sports-related injuries have been on the rise for last decade. Knee injuries such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears and meniscus tears in children have increased by 11 percent and 14 percent annually since 1999, according to a study conducted by The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and visits to the emergency room due to sports-related traumatic brain injuries in people aged 19 and younger increased 62 percent from 2001 to 2009, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

To address this going concern, the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is hosting its 12th annual Sports Medicine Teaching Day for family physicians, other primary care physicians, family medicine residents, family medicine interest group (FMIG) students, school nurses, therapists, athletic trainers and coaches.

“Sports and exercise is an integral part of health promotion and disease prevention.  However these activities lead to musculoskeletal problems and sometimes serious injuries,” said Sudhir Vaidya, M.D., director of the Sports Medicine Teaching Day. “Family Physician plays an important role in promoting sports and exercise, prevent and treat common injuries and rehabilitate injured athletes.”

The event will be held in collaboration with the Bronx-Westchester Academy of Family Physicians (BWAFP), on Oct. 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Rosedale Conference Room in the Billings Building of the Burke campus at 785 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains. The event will address managing concussions and return-to-play decisions, physical therapy for sports injuries, taping techniques, soft tissue and joint injection, yoga for sports, and casting and splinting methods.

 “Burke strives to provide educational events that can help people lead healthy, active lives,” Dr. Vaidya added. “We want to ensure that athletes receive proper treatment and follow-up so they can return to playing safely and minimize further injury.”

The event costs $30 but is complimentary to the first 50 registrants who are AAFP, NYSAFP and BWAFP members; family medicine residents; family medicine interest group (FMIG) students; or Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Employees. To register, go to and pay via PayPal or send a $30.00 check made payable to “BWAFP” along with your name, designation, address, phone and email to: Sudhir Vaidya, M.D., Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, 785 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605.

Pay Pal remittances will be annulled or checks will be returned at the conference upon attendance to eligible free registrants. The maximum capacity for the event is 65 and registrations will be accepted on a first come-first serve basis. For more information, contact Dr. Vaidya at (914) 597-2836 or via email at

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital. Founded in 1915, it is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to rehabilitation medicine. Burke offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury or joint replacement surgery. Burke is both an acute rehabilitation hospital and medical research center. Burke’s world renowned doctors and therapists provide state-of-the-art-treatment, while its research scientists at the Burke Medical Research Institute explore the frontiers of neurological and rehabilitation medicine. All share the Burke mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from illness or injury regardless of their ability to pay.

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