Library lecture to keep athletes upright

While athletes seem to be in better shape than ever, a rash of injuries has also become prevalent in sports today. Dr. Amy O’Donnell, a chiropractor with more than 30 years of experience in sports and physical therapy, will give a talk addressing sports injuries in the Brubeck Room at Wilton Library.

Titled Sports Injury Prevention, the lecture will take place Tuesday evening, Sept. 17, from 7 to 8:30.

“It will focus on the causes of injuries, and is aimed at young athletes,” Dr. O’Donnell said. “Everyone is welcome, from the weekend warrior to the elite athlete.”

Dr. O’Donnell is a graduate of the College of New Rochelle, where she received a bachelor’s degree in biology. She received her doctorate from New York Chiropractic College.

According to her website,, she is board certified in chiropractic orthopedics, where “fewer than 20% of chiropractors undergo the rigors of the 340-hour board certification training which includes over 30 hours in each of the following: differential diagnosis, diagnostic imaging, neurology, orthopedics, clinical laboratory and rehabilitation.”

She is also a certified chiropractic extremity practitioner, along with other certifications and participation on professional and nonprofit boards.

“Young athletes are overexercised and undertrained,” Dr. O’Donnell said in a statement. “With the increase of early and intense sport-specialization it is not surprising that we have seen a rise in injuries. Young girls are even more at risk and usually ignored.”

Tuesday evening, she will discuss the various types of sports injuries, their causes, and how to prevent them.

“More than 60% of injuries today can be prevented,” she said. “Where is the underlying cause of your problem?”

She said, for instance, runners want to improve their performance by running faster. Perhaps they’ve encountered an injury, but now the question is, what and where?

“It might be a tight hip flexor,” she said. “Maybe a tight hamstring. But we can figure it out via stretches and exercises.”

The important thing, she stressed, is to discover the injury early and not wait.

“We need to have these young athletes recognize that there is an injury,” she said. “I don’t fix you. I’ll give you the tools to figure it out, but it’s a patient-centered treatment.

“You have the power to help yourself.”

She highlighted treatment called Functional Movement Screen (FMS), which, according to her website, “is a ranking and grading system created to document movement patterns that are key to normal function.

“The benefits of FMS are widespread and can help anyone from an elite athlete to a weekend warrior. It is applicable to someone who may have had many different conditions treated just to have it happen again.”

The lecture is free but registration is recommended. To register, call Wilton Library at 203-762-3950, ext. 213 or visit and click on Events.