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Program Offers Tips for the Throwing Athlete

3/18/2010 —

John Deitch, M.D.Penn State York and WellSpan Health Services have partnered to offer a special free program, “The Throwing Athlete,” on Monday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at Penn State York. Just in time for the spring baseball season, the program in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center, features Dr. John Deitch, director of sports medicine, WellSpan Orthopedics.

This program is designed for coaches, both at the high school and collegiate level, athletic trainers, athletic directors, and throwing athletes.

Dr. Deitch is board certified in orthopedic surgery and specializes in sports related orthopedic injuries. He will review the current epidemiology of baseball injuries in players from youth to the major leagues, discuss the biomechanics of the throwing motion, and identify the warning signs and risk factors leading to injury and lost playing time. In addition, Dr. Deitch will discuss current concepts and conditioning strategies used to decrease injury risk and optimize performance on the baseball field.

Prior to joining WellSpan, Dr. Deitch was on staff at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and a faculty member at the Penn State School of Medicine. He served as team physician for Penn State’s baseball, swimming, diving, and rugby teams from 2003 – 2009. He also served as team physician for the Pittsburgh Pirates short-season class A minor league affiliate, the State College Spikes, from 2006 – 2009.

A graduate of the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Dr. Deitch also completed a fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Tx. During his time in Texas, he served as fellow team physician for the Houston Astros.

Registration is required for this program. Please contact WellSpan Health Source at (800) 840-5905 or e-mail dhake02@wellspan.org.

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