Former New Orleans Saints Player, Zach Strief to Deliver Keynote Address at Emergency Care In Athletics Course

BATON ROUGE – Former New Orleans Saints offensive tackle, Zach Strief will deliver the keynote address at the Emergency Care in Athletics Course, co-hosted by LSU and Southern University, on Saturday, July 7. Strief was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 2006 and retired in March 2018. He played in 158 games and started 94 during his career for the Saints.

The Emergency Care Course was developed in response to Southern University football player Devon Gales’ cervical spine injury. Gales suffered from a spinal injury during a game in early fall 2015 at the University of Georgia.

This course is a collaborative emergency medicine course created to improve inter-professional skills and communication for the prehospital care of athletes at all levels of participation. This intensive evidence-based medicine course will include both classroom and laboratory components.

An anticipated 175 medical personnel from across the country have been invited to participate from professional sports teams, colleges, high schools, team physicians, and local emergency medical services and hospitals. Attendees of the course will learn about emergencies in athletics and proper responses. Topics include emergency evaluation, hemorrhage control, athletic head injuries, cervical spine injuries, and emergency airway and oxygen administration. Attendees will be able to explain and apply best practices for management of athletic emergencies; practice scenario-based athletic emergency techniques; and develop interdisciplinary health care teams to provide on-field emergency care. Eight Continuing Education Credit contact hours are available for ATs, EMTs and MDs attending.

Media are welcome to attend. The course will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Tiger Stadium’s South Stadium Club. Both Strief and Gales will deliver remarks between 12 and 1 p.m.

More information on the course and speakers is available at


Available for media interviews:

Devon Gales – Southern University wide receiver Devon Gales was paralyzed from the waist down after suffering an injury during a contest versus Georgia in 2015. Gales is speaking between 12 – 1 p.m.

Zach Strief, - Strief is a former offensive tackle who played 12 seasons for the New Orleans Saints. Strief will deliver his keynote address between 12 and 1 p.m.

Ray Castle | | O: 225-578-7175 | Castle is the LSU Athletic Training Program director and professor of professional practice in the LSU School of Kinesiology.



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