New Jersey’s first statewide sports safety symposium for youth, adults and sports and health care professionals - hosted by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in partnership with Safe Kids New Jersey/Founding Sponsor Johnson & Johnson and The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation - will be held at the Rutgers University Louis Brown Athletic Center (RAC) in Piscataway, NJ on Sunday, May 4, 2014.
“Are You Sports Smart?” is a FREE event where attendees will learn how to prevent acute/overuse sports injuries; hear about “return to life” following a concussion and how to “win the mind game” of competition. The event consists of two Sessions. Parents/guardians, coaches, athletic trainers and health care professionals, are invited to attend Session I which begins at 9 a.m.Doors open to the general public at 11:30 a.m. for Session II which features interactive stations for youth athletes and parents/guardians on concussion, hydration and heat illness; acute and overuse injuries; and proper equipment.“The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation is proud to be among the partners that developed this very important event to address today’s youth sports safety hot topics,” said Malcolm Jenkins Chairman of the Foundation and defensive back for the NFL Philadelphia Eagles.” Jenkins added that “our Foundation is committed to building awareness among parents, guardians and youth to learn that generally injuries are preventable and that unintentional injuries can oftentimes be preventable as well.”Jenkins will kick-off the public session (Session II) at 12 noon, meet youth participants and give them a special keepsake. Former Rutgers Football player and author Eric LeGrand, will provide a special keynote address.