The National Football League and National Guard welcomes Mark Tesoro, injury prevention analyst/educator for Lee Memorial Trauma Services to the Storm Football Complex at 9 a.m. Friday to educate high school football players and coaches on ways to prevent sports-related injuries.
The event kicks off a three-day NFL High School Player Development football camp offered to local students at the complex, 2602 Chiquita Blvd.
With an estimated attendance of 300 young athletes, the presentation will address important safety concerns and ways to prevent common sports injuries, including concussions, fractures, dehydration and much more.
Tesoro is an active member of the Lee County Injury Prevention Coalition which has partnered with Lee Memorial Health System to launch the STOP Sports Injuries campaign, part of a national sports injury prevention program.
The campaign is designed to educate athletes, parents, athletic trainers, coaches, educators and healthcare providers about the rapid increase in youth sports injuries, the necessary steps to help reverse the trend and the need to keep young athletes healthy.
According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high school athletes, alone, account for an estimated two million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations every year. According to the CDC, more than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable.