Youth Sports in the COVID Era: What’s the Best Advice for Parents & Pediatricians?

May 25, 2021 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Jessica Geslani

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In the COVID era, youth sports involvement has created a host of issues for the pediatric health community.  While the benefits of youth sport for mental and physical health are well known, the issues of COVID have sidelined thousands of athletes in New York state and beyond.  As we learn more about COVID-19, we are looking for ways to most effectively return all young athletes back to the field while keeping schools, communities, and families safe.  This program will explore the issues of youth sport during COVID-19 from the perspectives of sports medicine, general pediatrics, and cardiology.  Following the program, audience questions will be encouraged.  The program is free and open to all health professionals, coaches, and parents involved in youth sports.


7:30-7:35pm – Welcome from Warren Seigel, MD, MBA, FAAP, FSAHM, NYS AAP (District II) Chair

7:35-8:05pm – Jordan D. Metzl, MD, FAAP: Youth Sports During COVID-19, an Overview

8:05-8:35pm – Speaker Panel Discussion with Marc Habert, MD, FAAP, Prema Ramaswamy, MD, FAAP & Warren Young, MD

8:35-9:00pm – Audience Questions


Dr. Marc Habert has practiced general pediatrics for over 20 years. He is the Medical Director of a large single specialty pediatric group in the Hudson Valley. When he is not caring for his patients, you will find him outdoors rowing on the Hudson River and hiking or biking through the woods.

Dr. Prema Ramaswamy is the Director of the Pediatric Cardiology Division, Department of Pediatrics, at Maimonides Children’s Hospital in Brooklyn, NY and a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at New York University. She is active in research and has published in several peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Warren Young is a primary-care sports medicine physician at HSS Westchester. He is board-certified in Pediatrics and Sports Medicine, and specializes in pediatric and adolescent sports injuries, sports-related concussions, and sports-overuse injuries. He is a team physician for Iona College.

Dr. Jordan D. Metzl is a sports medicine physician at HSS and the author of Sports Medicine in the Pediatric Office. His busy practice has offices in NYC, White Plains, NY and Stamford CT. He also started the IronStrength fitness community, promoting physical activity for thousands annually through community programs.

PRESENTED BY:  The New York State American Academy of Pediatrics (NYS AAP), a coalition of AAP NY Chapters 1, 2 & 3