Royals fans were thrilled by the announcement of a long-term contract extension for All-Star and World Series MVP catcher Salvador Perez. But Dayton Moore, Royals general manager, made a point to mention one of the reasons for the move was confidence in the health care and maintenance Perez, who has one of the most physically demanding positions in the game, receives from the team’s athletic trainers and the medical team at The University of Kansas Hospital. Moore’s sound from the news conference is first on the video.
Also in the video is Dr. Vince Key, team doctor and an orthopedic surgeon at the Sports Medicine and Performance Center at The University of Kansas Hospital. He talks about how the World Series win actually makes a shorter off-season for the players and the special challenges it creates for the medical staff. He also talks about why nutrition and hydration are so important for pros and youth players alike. He has surprising advice on how long before a game a player needs to begin hydrating. He says sun protection is vital for players of all ages, and especially the fans, who don’t have a dugout to keep the sun away, and he says while chewing tobacco use among pros and high school athletes, it’s still a concern.