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Athletic Department sends out Sport Injury Clinic information to Athletes and Parents

Featured Image: Athletic Director Denny Lennon preparing for Archer’s first Sport Injury Clinic. Photographer: Marcela Riddick ’16

Sports injuries are more than the occasional strained muscle. As high school sports become more and more competitive, Athletic Director and Coach Denny Lennon has made it his mission to learn as much as he can. From base-line concussion tests to the upcoming Sports Injury Clinic, Archer is on a path to improved athletic safety.

Below is the email that was sent out to the Archer community with the information about the event.

Hello players and parents!

This email is to remind you that Friday May 9, instead of having practice, we are expecting all athletes to attend the Sports Injury Prevention Clinic at Santa Monica College. We will have a bus to take all the girls to SMC leaving Archer at 4:30. The clinic will be from 5:00-8:00 pm and the girls would need to get picked up from there, there will be no bus back to Archer.

Parents are welcome to come to the clinic. There is a “parents’ corner” where you will be able to ask questions and get educated on injury prevention.

Please email me back with any questions regarding the event.

See below for full details:

Mitek Sponsored Event at Santa Monica College on May 9th to Feature Soccer All-Star Omar Gonzalez

Brentwood – The Archer School for Girls (Brentwood) and The Santa Monica Orthopedic Group will co-host a Sports Injury Prevention Clinic on May 9th from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Santa Monica College. The event is free and open to all coaches, parents and young athletes, ages 12 to 18. Dr. Bert Mandelbaum (see bio below) will lead a discussion on the importance of proper injury prevention through the FIFA 11+ exercises in the SMC Pavilion. Soccer superstar Omar Gonzalez will oversee the instruction of the exercises on the SMC Field, while Mitek will host a autograph signing and give-away on the field.

Registration is done by Athletic Directors, coaches and/or parents through an official evite. For information on how to apply for the program, e-mail Marlee Rice at [email protected] or contact Archer Athletic Director Denny Lennon at 310-873-7016. Schools and programs interested in this highly informative and important event are required to act quickly, entries will be limited to the first 500 athletes to register.

4:30-5:00- Coaches Registration on Field.
5:00-5:45- Coaches clinic in Pavilion. “Coaching to Prevent Injuries” lead by Dr. Bert Mandelbaum.
5:00-6:15- Athlete Registration on Field.
5:45-6:00- Athletes welcomed into gym.
6:00-6:45- Main Presentation in Gym featuring Mandelbaum and Gonzalez.
6:45-7:00- Parent’s Corner: Parents remain in Gym with physicians to discuss sports injury prevention, role and awareness of the parent and Q & A.
6:45-7:30- Athletes and Coaches Divide into group to train athletes in FIFA 11+ exercises.
7:30-8:00- Closing comments, festive gathering with info booths, autographs, food and beverage.

Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
World renown surgeon and physician, Dr. Bert Mandelbaum is the director of Fellowship for Santa Monica Orthopedic Group. He was instrumental in the development of new techniques in the prevention of ACL injuries in children and adolescents. His techniques and exercises have proven to be effective in the prevention of knee injuries. In addition to his ACL studies, he is team physician of the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA Major League Soccer teams. He has served as USA team physician for World Cup since 1994, Medical Officer of the Olympic games since 2000 and is also a part of FIFA’s Sports Medicine Committee in addition to his service with many other projects.

Omar Gonzalez
Major League Soccer player Omar Gonzalez was drafted first round in the 2009 MLS draft and was named Rookie of the Year. In 2010, Gonzalez played in the MLS all star game and was named MLS Best XI. After suffering an ACL tear early in the season in 2012, he made his debut back in July and later became Man of the Match in the 2012 MLS cup.

Mitek Sports Medicine
DupySynthes Mitek Sports Medicine, a company of Johnson&Johnson, is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative orthopedic sports medicine products. Mitek has made Sports Injury Prevention their primary community outreach program.

Santa Monica College
SMC is located at 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405. Buses bringing participants to the event are advised to drop off on Pearl Street at 16th Street. Parking for all other vehicles is available in the parking structure at Pico Blvd. and 17th street or in the metered spots along Pearl Street between 16th Street and 20th Street.

FIFA 11+ –
Youtube Video –
Dr. Bert Mandelbaum –
Santa Monica Orthopedic Group (SMOG) –
Omar Gonzalez –
Mitek Website –
Mitek Facebook –

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