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Kendrick, Loar of MLB hopeful Nashville Stars to speak at Third Annual Vanderbilt Sports Medicine Baseball Conference

Jan. 30, 2024, 10:14 AM

Despite interventions to decrease the risk, injury rates continue to climb in youth athletes who are susceptible to injuries of the shoulder and elbow. At the Third Annual Vanderbilt Sports Medicine Baseball Conference, available in person and virtually from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2, at the Frist Art Museum, members of the medical team will participate in a multidisciplinary discussion surrounding injury evaluation, diagnosis and treatment considerations to best serve athletes.

The conference will feature 15 sports medicine experts from around the country, who will cover topics including elbow ligament and cartilage injuries, shoulder instability, common hand injuries and discuss factors related to pitching mechanics, injury prevention and rehabilitation. The keynote speakers are Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, and John Loar, managing partner of Music City Baseball, who will discuss their mission to bring Major League Baseball to Nashville.

“Nashville has a rich baseball history, but much of it hasn’t been heard,” said Eric Bowman, MD, MPH, assistant professor of Sports Medicine. “The Nashville Stars were a Negro League team with many courageous players who helped break the color barrier and eventually change our country for the better. Bob Kendrick and John Loar are great storytellers and have incorporated the past in their vision for a future major league team in Nashville (hopefully soon).”

This course, which is open to the public, is designed for any physician, athletic trainer, therapist, coach or other medical provider interested in the management and prevention of injuries in throwing athletes.

Click here for more information and to register.

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