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Rick Byrd to Speak at Youth Sports Safety Conference

Rick Byrd to Speak at Youth Sports Safety Conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Belmont University men's basketball head coach Rick Byrd will serve as keynote speaker at the first annual Program for Injury Prevention in Youth Sports (PIPYS) Conference.

The event will take place Monday, July 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Montgomery Bell Academy.

The event is FREE and open to the public with advanced registration.

Several participating speakers will be discussing key youth sports safety topics such as concussions, heat illness, sideline emergencies and care, as well as injury prevention techniques.

Byrd will address such topics as the modern student athlete, balancing life, academics and athletics, plus the impact that athletics has on life after sports (discipline, leadership, success).

About two years ago, Vanderbilt created the PIPYS program as a partnership between sports medicine and the children's hospital in order to promote the safety and health of the young athlete. It comprises a group of volunteers from not only the medical center but the larger Middle Tennessee community as well (doctors, athletic trainers, physical therapists, injury prevention specialists, youth sports, leaders and concerned parents) with efforts focused on research, education and community outreach.