Sports Shorts

Sticks and “Zones” can break bones

SWARTZ CREEK — More than 360,000 children and young adults play lacrosse making it one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States today. Although lacrosse has a lower risk of injury than many other sports, it is categorized by the NCAA as a “collision sport,” similar to football and ice hockey. Each season thousands of players require medical attention for injuries ranging from sprains, fractures and even concussions.

The Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in Chester NJ has studied injuries in lacrosse players and provides the following: “The most common injuries are ankle and ligament sprains, knee injuries, and shin splints and stress fractures which are typically caused by overuse. However, we also see acute injuries including concussion, rotator cuff damage and fractures, which often result from a powerful hit or the force of physical contact,” explained Aaron Gewant, P.T., Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation.

Most injuries occur above the waist from a collision with another player or from the impact of a stick check or thrown ball. Approximately 40% of lacrosse injuries occur in the lower extremity as a result of pivoting or twisting.

Gewant added, “Lacrosse is a demanding sport and a player should be in top physical shape while making sure to observe basic training and safety guidelines.” Key injury prevention includes: staying in shape, proper warmup and stretching, maintain core strength, use of safety equipment, unmodified, propert breaks from the sport during the week and one month per year is recommended to prevent burnout and overuse injury. — L.P.

New Learning Center joins FJGA lineup

BURTON — Flint Junior Golf Association members have their choice of nine instructional clinics to attend this year, including six at King Par, which has partnered with the FJGA to create a new Learning Center.

King Par, 5140 Flushing Rd. in Flushing, will dedicate a private area for lessons, clinics, fittings and more to FJGA members. Several FJGA graduates who are now golf professionals have agreed to host the clinics, which will include golf course etiquette, rules, scoring, course management, psychology and conditioning, as well as all aspects of play, from the short game through driving. The clinics are free and require no registration.

“This is one of the greatest things that can happen to golf in this area, if people take advantage of it,” said Dr. Mark Engelman, president of the FJGA Board of Directors, who conceived of the Learning Center idea. “You have committed people coming to give lessons and they’re all doing it gratis.”

Other sites hosting clinics are IMA Brookwood Golf Course, Seifert Golf Plus in Grand Blanc Township and Leader Board Driving Range on Corunna Road in Flint. Clinics start May 30 and run at various times and days. The schedule can be found at, click on Schedules & Times and drag down to Clinics.

The FJGA is accepting on-line registration for the 2012 season through May 13, with play beginning June 18. On-line registration will be accepted by logging onto and following the registration directions. Registration forms are also available at King Par and participating golf courses. — D.N.

Registration open for Genesee County Am

BURTON — Entries are being taken for the Genesee County Amateur Championship to be held at IMA Brookwood Golf Club June 23-24. The 36- hole stroke play tournament is a two-day event and is open to players of all ages. The tournament will be flighted after the first day of play. Four divisions will be offered with an Open, Senior (50-62), Super Senior (63+) and Women’s division (any age).

Entry fee is $65 for Brookwood season pass holders and $85 for non-season pass holders. Entry fee includes greens fees and carts for both days, range balls and awards. Advanced registration is required and entries will close on June 18, 2012.

Register at or at the club at 810-742-4930. — L.P.

Time is running out to register

GENESEE COUNTY — The Flint Junior Golf Association opened its on-line registration April 9 and will take entries through May 13, with play beginning June 18. On-line registration will be accepted by logging onto and following the registration directions. Registration forms are also available at King Par and participating golf courses. — M.S.

Lions youth football camp on tap

GRAND BLANC — The annual Detroit Lions youth football camp has been set for June 18-21 at Grand Blanc High. The fundamentals camp runs 8:30 a.m.-noon and costs $159 per person. A past or current player is usually on hand for chalk talk sessions with the kids, running drills and autographs. Details: youthfootball or call 313-262-2248. — L.P.

Summer hoops session nearing

GRAND BLANC — On June 19-21 the Bobcat Basketball Academy will hold its Summer 2012 session in the Grand Blanc High School Gymnasium from 12:30-2:30 p.m. for $35. Camp is open to first 50 boys that register, sessions are open to all boys entering grades 3-6 and all fundamentals and drills will be executed under the instruction of the Grand Blanc boys basketball coaching staff and players. Details: or http:// boysbasketball. grandblanc. high. — M.S.

Dare Devil Dash returns in July

BROWN CITY — The 2012 Dare Devil Dash is already accepting registrations for the July 28 race at Brown City Park. Runners will face mud, water and more than one dozen obstacles. New this year is the Little Dare Devils one mile, entry fee of $10, the individual 5K race costs $35 and the four-team 5K race costs $120. The first 100 to sign up get a free race T-shirt. To sign up visit or www.GoRaceGo. com. All proceeds will go the community and civic programs in Sanilac County and surrounding areas. — L.P.

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