PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA. (September 23, 2014)—Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer is pleased to announce today the formation of the Medical Advisory Committee. In youth sports we face an ever-widening range of issues regarding the health and safety of our young athletes. Regardless of the issues being simple or complex, it’s the mission of Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer to provide the necessary services and education to our constituents. The goal is to enhance player safety, promote health and wellness, and reduce the incidents of injury to the best of our ability. We seek to provide guidance to our member organizations and to the individual families on trending and impactful issues such as concussions, overtraining, nutrition and safe return to play protocols, as well as assist with creation of curriculum, policy and procedure. Our committee includes members who are experts in a variety of areas that can affect the health of our athletes.
- Chair, Medical Advisory Committee- Kevin Freedman, M.D.
- Robert Franks, D.O., F.A.O.A.S.M.
- Matthew Grady, MD, FAAP, CAQSM
- Kathleen O’Brien, M.D.
- Glen Feltham, M.D., FAAOS
- Sommer Hammoud, M.D.
- Jeremy Close, M.D.
- Matthew Silvis, M.D.
- Linda Mazzoli, MS, LAT, ATC, PTA, PES
- John Moyer, LAT, ATC
- Chrissy Biele, PT
- Ciaran Dalton, Psy. D.
- Richard Sharpnack, ATC, OTC
“The Medical Advisory Committee is excited that Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer has taken player safety in youth sports to a new level,” says Dr. Kevin Freedman, Medical Advisory Committee Chair. “We look forward to many initiatives, including player, coach, and parent education efforts in youth injury prevention. In addition, we will be coordinating several new programs, including research efforts, to improve player safety in the future.”
The Medical Advisory Committee’s purpose is to deliver positive, health and safety messages and improve the landscape of youth sports. We plan to provide educational messages for our members throughout the year to provide a safe environment for all of our players.
“I’m pleased to announce that we’ve assembled an incredibly gifted and knowledgeable group of physicians and healthcare professionals,” states Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer CEO, Chris Branscome. “This advisory committee will be an invaluable asset in our mission to educate our membership on the care and prevention of injuries. One of our goals is to have all children have safe and healthy experiences on the fields now so that may translate into healthy active lifestyles for life.”
If there are particular health concerns or educational programs for Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer members or individual clubs, please contact Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer for guidance. Visit EPYSA.org for more information.
ABOUT EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA YOUTH SOCCER: Since 1972, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer has worked throughout Eastern Pennsylvania to promote, foster and perpetuate the game of soccer to the region’s youth. Through competitions, educational programs, workshops and coaching clinics, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer impacts the lives of more than 130,000 youth soccer players from ages 5 to 19. Additional information about Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer can be found at www.EPYSA.org. [Note to media: Please refer to this organization as “Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer” and not EPYSA or EPYS. Thank you.]