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Ellie Becker


First Time in Stamford, Educators to Focus on Reducing ACL Injuries, Improving Performance

 STAMFORD, Conn., May 10, 2017 – Educators from the world-renowned Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), in partnership with the Stamford YMCA (The Y) will present a free workshop on Wednesday, May 24 from 6:30 P.M to 8:30 P.M. titled, Keeping Young Athletes in the Game: A Team Approach to Reducing ACL Injuries. The workshop focuses on reducing the risk of debilitating injuries to the vulnerable anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), one of the most common sports injuries. The event will feature training for student athletes from ages 10 to 18, their parents and coaches. It will take place at The Y, 10 Bell Street, Stamford. Parking is available at the Bell Street Parking Garage. Registration begins at 6 p.m.


HSS maintains a Stamford outpatient center at 1 Blachley Road and provides sports safety workshops as part of its commitment to contribute to the communities it serves. This will be the first HSS program of its kind in Connecticut. It is also the first time HSS has partnered with a YMCA to present one of its workshops.


Based on mutual commitment to youth development, sports and safety programs, The Y responded to HSS’ outreach to connect with a local program partner. The Y has arranged for former UConn basketball great Craig Austrie to speak at the workshop. He currently operates Craig Austrie’s Basketball IQ Skills, a training and coaching business, in Stamford and conducts basketball clinics for The Y.


“HSS Sports Safety is very excited to partner with the Stamford YMCA on this very important project,” said Joseph Janosky, HSS Sports Safety Director. “We look forward to teaching coaches and parents of young athletes in the Stamford area how to reduce the risk of ACL injury while improving performance.”


“Partnering with other organizations in our community like HSS is a key pillar of The Y’s strategic direction,” said Stamford Y CEO Clinton Hamilton. “I can’t think of a better fit than HSS with our commitment to healthy living for kids and adults and to safety. In fact, we’re also celebrating Swim Safety Month at The Y in May. We hope that this inaugural program with HSS Sports Safety is the first of many and the beginning of a long-term partnership to benefit our City of Stamford.”


To register for this free event, please visit and click Workshops for Parents and Coaches.


Hospital for Special Surgery is nationally ranked number one in orthopedics in the US News Best Hospitals Survey since 2015. Headquartered in New York City, it has opened satellite facilities like the HSS Stamford Outpatient Center around the tri-state area. HSS Sports Safety is supported by the Dinan Family Foundation. Educational opportunities provide coaches, parents, sports administrators and young athletes with tools and resources to reduce the risk of ACL injury. For further information visit or call 212-774-2645.


Since 1868, The Stamford Family YMCA has made its mission to provide the community with a safe and nurturing environment for children and teens to reach their potential; adults to create healthier lifestyles; and neighbors to support each other and give back to the community. The Y strives to turn no one away for inability to pay and operates thanks to the generosity of members, donors and corporate sponsors. The Y is located at 10 Bell Street, just east of Washington Boulevard and offers complimentary parking for members in the Bell Street parking garage. For further information call 203-357-7000 or visit

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