Free Sports Seminar will Feature CBS News Personality

January 26, 2012 04:41 AM

Mountainside Hospital will host “Plan a Good Defense for Your Health,” a tailgate party with a healthy twist, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 4. The event, to be held at the hospital at One Bay Avenue, Montclair, will feature helpful information and screenings for athletes of all ages and both genders. A special guest speaker, Jim Axelrod of CBS-TV, will take a break from reporting on the presidential primaries and other national news to discuss how his own fitness regimen and experiences as a marathon runner have enriched his life.

Admission is free and families with young athletes are encouraged to attend with folding chairs for tailgating. Free parking will be provided, first come first served, in the Mountainside School of Nursing parking lot. Prizes will be awarded to the local team with the most representation at the event. Advance registration is required by calling (973) 429-6964 or e-mailing

Choice of sessions and screenings
Event participants can choose from a variety of sessions including Strengthening Your Core for Physical Fitness, Concussions in Young Athletes, When to Go to the Emergency Room for a Sports Injury, Heart Health for Men and Women,
Prostrate Cancer Prevention and Treatment and a Robotic Surgery Demonstration featuring the hospital’s new daVinci robot. Free Body Mass Index (BMI), Waist Circumference, Blood Pressure and Prostate Health (PSA) screenings will also be available, along with Baseline Concussion exams for
student athletes.

Jim Axelrod, a highly regarded CBS News correspondent whose credits include serving as a war correspondent embedded with the U.S. military in Iraq, will be a featured speaker. Axelrod will share insights and anecdotes from his new book, “In the Long Run: A Father, a Son and Unintentional Lessons in Happiness,” which focuses on his quest to achieve a work/life balance, improve his health and enhance his family relationships. Axelrod is a New Jerseyan who was born in New Brunswick and currently resides in Montclair.

“There are many physical, psychological and social benefits associated with sports. However, it’s important to prepare for participation by attending to health and safety fundamentals. It’s equally important to know how to differentiate minor, temporary aches and pains from more serious or chronic conditions and where to turn for specialized care when such injuries occur,” observed Dr. Sean Lager, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in sports medicine who practices at Mountainside. Lager is also the founder of, a nonprofit certified concussion management program that partners with Mountainside Hospital to assist local high school and college

At Mountainside Hospital, a team of sports medicine specialists and highly skilled multidisciplinary physicians provide expert diagnosis and effective treatment for an array of sports-related conditions including head, neck/back, shoulder, elbow/arm, hand/wrist, knee, foot/ankle and hip injuries. Patients have immediate access to innovative and effective treatment alternatives at specialized centers within the hospital.



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