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2012 Press Releases
BayCare Sports Medicine Experts Shine Spotlight on Female Athletes at Upcoming Conference

St. Petersburg, Fla. (June 5, 2012) – BayCare Health System wants to give women the information they need to keep running, walking or playing at the 2012 BayCare Sports Medicine Conference, The Female Athlete: Strategies for Optimal Performance and Injury Prevention. Save the date for this special day-long seminar on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Drive. 

The keynote speaker is Cynthia Sass, a nutrition consultant to the Tampa Bay Rays and the NHL’s New York Rangers. Sass, who also is the bestselling author of S.A.S.S. Yourself Slim, will speak on You Are What You Eat: Seven Nutrition Strategies to Optimize Athletic Performance. Sass is a registered dietician with master’s degrees in nutrition science and public health. She has been a contributor to the Today Show, Good Morning America and The Early Show and has written numerous articles on health and nutrition for such publications as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Ladies Home Journal, Prevention and Shape.

The Sports Medicine experts from St. Anthony’s, Morton Plant and Mease hospitals will hold several sessions throughout the day to give female athletes of all ages, parents, coaches and those who care for injured athletes the key information they need to help female athletes obtain optimal performance and remain injury free.

Scheduled session topics include the female athlete triad (eating disorder, amenorrhea and osteoporosis); recognizing and preventing injuries to the knee, hip, shoulder and elbow; getting the right amount of sleep to improve athletic performance; exercise-induced breathing problems; functional training techniques for sports rehabilitation; and the effects of substance abuse on endurance and performance. A complete list of speakers can be found on the website,

This unique conference will benefit female athletes, the parents of student athletes, coaches, trainers and health care professionals. Registration is $35 per person; $25 for students; and $50 each for physicians and for health professionals and athletic trainers who are seeking continuing education credits. Registration includes all sessions, a continental breakfast and lunch. For physical and occupational therapists, there are six continuing education credits pending. To register for this informative conference, please call (727) 253-4132.

About St. Anthony’s Hospital
St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and is the first and only faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. St. Anthony’s celebrated its 80th year in 2011, and the hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care.  St. Anthony’s has received the 2011 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement award.  St. Anthony’s Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center received accreditation from both the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the American College of Radiology. For superior energy efficiency, St. Anthony’s earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR three consecutive times.

About Morton Plant Mease Health Care
Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease’s heart care is nationally recognized with Morton Plant Hospital on Thomson Reuters Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals list for 13 consecutive years in a row. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals – Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey. About BayCare Health System BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need.  BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at