HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY AND NEW YORK KNICKS INVITE FANS TO “TRAIN LIKE A KNICK!”

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New York, N.Y., February 12, 2013 – Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), a world leader in orthopedics and rheumatology and the Official Hospital of the New York Knicks, and the New York Knickerbockers announced today the return of the “Train Like a Knick!” contest for the second year.  Supporting the importance of overall fitness and wellness, fans are invited to submit entertaining and healthy exercise videos to the Knicks Facebook page (www.facebook.com/NYKnicks) from now until March 24, 2013 that show how they train like their favorite Knicks players.

One grand prize winner and two runners up receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to “Train Like a Knick” at the MSG Training Center in Tarrytown, N.Y., including going through a workout and basketball drills with Knicks alumni and trainers, and HSS rehabilitation staff.  The grand prize winner will receive an additional VIP experience that includes a private meet and greet and autograph session with alumni. Each winner can invite up to four friends to join them for the experience.

“Following the success of last year’s ‘Train Like a Knick’ contest, we are proud to once again partner with HSS for this fun, interactive program to help promote the importance of overall fitness and wellness while offering passionate Knicks fans the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Greg Economou, executive vice president, corporate sales and solutions, MSG Sports.

“On behalf of HSS, we are proud to support the New York Knicks and are excited to bring this program to fans a second time,” said Lou Shapiro, President and CEO of Hospital for Special Surgery. “Together we strive to help the professional athlete and the ‘weekend warrior’ keep moving and stay injury-free.”

The video contest is part of HSS’s and the Knicks effort to encourage fans, amateur athletes and “weekend warriors” to sustain a healthy, active lifestyle throughout the basketball season and beyond. Instructional videos featuring current Knicks players, MSG Network commentator Al Trautwig, and Lisa Callahan, M.D., sports medicine specialist at Hospital for Special Surgery and chief medical officer and vice president, player care for the Knicks, provide fans with key ingredients to explosiveness in basketball – core strength and flexibility. These videos will be shown at Madison Square Garden during Knicks games and available for fans to view on the Knicks Facebook page.

“Core strengthening exercises are important for professional athletes as well as the weekend warriors,” said Dr. Callahan. “In basketball, these exercises are designed to give a player speed and athleticism and for fans it helps you avoid back pain and make daily tasks a breeze. If a player has a strong and stable core they can make counter movements like crossovers and take flight when making a dunk with ease.”

Basketball fans 18 years of age and older are invited to submit a short video of 60 seconds or less showcasing how they “Train Like a Knick.” All content will be evaluated on originality, creativity and association with health and wellness. This may include specific basketball drills on rebounding and defense, stretching exercises or even making healthy food choices. Submissions will be accepted via the Knicks Facebook page (www.facebook.com/NYKnicks) until March 24, 2013. Five finalists will be selected, and then fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite video.

Fans are encouraged to first “Like” HSS on Facebook (www.facebook.com/HSpecialSurgery) before entering the “Train Like a Knick!” contest. The contest is open to legal U.S. residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, at least 18 years old at time of entry, who reside within a 75-mile radius of Madison Square Garden. 

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