Museum to Host Bassett Healthcare Network Talks on Elbow and Shoulder Injuries and Care

Free Community Seminars May 4 and 18 at Museum’s Bullpen Theater

April 28, 2011

COOPERSTOWN, NY – Some of baseball's greatest players overcame serious arm injuries en route to the Hall of Fame.

This May, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will host two free community talks, presented by Bassett Healthcare Network, designed to share knowledge about athletic injuries of the elbow and shoulder, along with preventive care for those crucial joints throughout all stages of life.

Doctor Jocelyn Wittstein and Doctor Tally Lassiter, sports medicine and shoulder specialists at Bassett Healthcare Network, will present two free presentations, May 4 and May 18, at the Museum's Bullpen Theater. Dr. Lassiter is the director of Bassett's Shoulder and Sports Medicine Research Institute, while Dr. Wittstein completed a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder care at Duke University.

The programs are each designed for specific age-based audiences and are free and open to the public. Museum admission is not required. The two featured programs:

  • May 4, 6 p.m.: Presentation and a question and answer session on "Taking Care of Your Aging Shoulder," focusing on rotator cuff tears and arthritis, designed for adult and older audiences. Free refreshments and a short film will be followed by the presentation.
  • May 18, 6 p.m.: Presentation and a question and answer session on "Elbow and Shoulder Injuries," focusing on athletes who use an overhand throwing motion and the parents of these athletes. Free refreshments and a short film will be followed by the presentation.

Reservations for these programs are free but must be made in advance by calling Bassett Healthcare Network at 607-547-3914. Participants may enter the Hall of Fame for both programs through the Giamatti Research Center entrance off Cooper Park.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The Museum observes regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. From Memorial Day through the day before Labor Day, the Museum is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week. Ticket prices are $19.50 for adults (13 and over), $12 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $7 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger. For more information, visit our Web site at or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.