Sports Injuries Program At Museum

School has just begun and young athletes are practicing for their games. Parents are proud and protective of their children as they see them ready themselves for physical combat. Old Independence Regional Museum invites everyone who is eager to know more about how to protect against sports injuries, and how best to treat injuries when they do occur, to attend a program on Sunday, September 10, at 2 p.m. Dr. Dylan Carpenter will be the special speaker about this subject.

He is employed by White River Medical Center where he takes care of a broad spectrum of orthopedic problems. He has a special interest in sports medicine and is the team physician for the Lyon Scotts newly established football program.

Born in Waldenburg, Arkansas, he received a Masters in Biological Engineering at the University of Arkansas. He completed medical school and a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock in 2013. As a physician, he sees athletes of all ages and specializes in the prevention and treatment of athletic injury.

According to the Institute of Medicine, head injuries in high school sports occur more often in football, but also in Lacrosse, soccer, wrestling and basketball. Even volleyball has a number of such injuries. Anytime people engage in strenuous exercise, they must take precautions to prevent serious injury.

Twyla Wright, museum exhibit curator, said that Dr. Carpenter advised her to care for her torn meniscus by carefully exercising through walking on a level surface, preferably one that can absorb impact, such as the walking track at the new Recreation Center in Batesville.

Wright said, “I hope that people who are interested in sports activity on any level will come out to learn from this medical expert, and in the process help support the museum’s programming.”

This program is offered as part of the museum’s year-long emphasis on sports in preparation for the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” installation. The museum will have its grand opening of this large exhibit on December 16.

The program will be free and open to the public.  Normal museum hours are: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for seniors and $1.00 for children.  The museum is located at 380 South 9th street, between Boswell and Vine Streets in Batesville.

Old Independence is a regional museum serving a 12-county area: Baxter, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Marion, Poinsett, Sharp, Stone, White, and Woodruff.  Parts of these present-day counties comprised the original Independence County in 1820’s Arkansas territory.

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