Preventing Sports Injuries for Weekend Warriors

October 22, 2004
News Office: Michael Fortes (415) 502-6397

Sports and exercise can be fun, but what does one do when an injury gets in the way of safe, comfortable exercise? Better yet, how does one prevent sports-related injuries?

A new six-week community education course will answer these questions. Open to the public, the course begins next Thursday, Oct. 28, as part of the UCSF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

The course is directed at those trying to stay fit, "weekend warriors," even master-level athletes. Each class is focused on a different area of sports medicine, including elbow injuries, shoulder surgery, back and knee pain, and artificial joints, as well as training and conditioning tips.

Classes will meet from 7 to 8:45 p.m. on Thursdays at UCSF Mount Zion, Herbst Hall, 1600 Divisadero St., San Francisco. Tuition for the full course is $85. For information or to register online visit, or call (415) 502-6397.

The course title is "New Developments in Sports Medicine: Working Out at Any Age, at Any Level." Class topics and dates are:

  • Oct. 28 -- What's New with Elbow Injuries? -- Dr. Marc Safran, director, sports medicine service.

  • Nov. 4 -- Advances in Shoulder Surgery -- Dr. Ben Ma, orthopedic surgeon.

  • Nov. 11 -- Training and Conditioning Tips for Athletes at All Levels -- Dr. Anthony Luke, orthopedic surgery.

  • Nov. 18 -- Staying Fit and Staying Active Despite Back Pain -- Dr. Sigurd Berven, orthopedic surgeon.

  • Dec. 2 -- So I Have an Artificial Joint, Can I Still Play Sports? -- Dr. Kevin Bozic, orthopedic surgeon.

  • Dec. 9 -- Oh, My Aching Knee! -- Dr. Christina Allen, orthopedic surgeon.

UCSF Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is a community education program for adult learners sponsored by the UCSF schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy, the UCSF Medical Center, the UCSF Public Affairs department and the University of California Academic Geriatric Resource Program. The program is supported in part by a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation.

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