LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Local high school athletes spent their Saturday preparing for the upcoming season. The athletes took a timeout from the field, and stepped into the classroom to learn about preventingserious injuries while playing. A room stocked with soccer players, basketball players, track stars, and football stars. Saturday morning was the inaugural "Game Ready" day at Good Shepherd's Institute for Healthy Living.
Marco Hernandez is a track athlete for Hallsville ISD, he says he wants to stay healthy.
"I've never been seriously injured. I've pulled a couple of muscles here in there that have been painful and made me take time but that's about it." - Marco Hernandez, Athlete, Hallsville ISD
He says he wants to continue that track record of staying away from serious injury. Good Shepherd's physical therapists helped by offering a free seminar on proper nutrition, hydration, pre and post workout routines, heat exhaustion and concussion warning signs. Therapist Zane Richardson says it's all about prevention.
"We feel like the more we can educate the kids and educate the parents the less likely these injuries will continue." - Zane Richardson
According to the CDC, high school athletes account for more than 2 million injuries, and more than 3.5 million for children under the age of 14.
"With all of the sports going on, we don't want to see a lot of these kids in our hospital. We want to keep them on the field." - Richardson
Julio Torres is a senior soccer player for Spring Hill ISD, he says he is sharing this information with his teammates because he needs them healthy to win championships.
"I am going to get more information about it and tell them what we can do, so we can prevent those injuries and everyone is good for the season." - Julio Torres, Spring Hill ISD
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