ESPN Reporter Dr. Jerry Punch to Keynote at Emergency Preparation for Athletics Course, Co-hosted by Southern University and LSU


BATON ROUGE – Members of the media are welcome to cover the Emergency Care Course, which brings together athletic trainers, team physicians, emergency medical technicians and emergency room department personnel for an intensive training session on relevant emergency conditions athletes face.

Saturday, July 9, 2016 | LSU Football Operations Facility | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Attendees: 150 medical personnel invited from the Southwestern Athletic Conference schools, Southeastern Conference schools, local emergency medical services and hospitals, etc. This is a private, invitation-only eight-hour course for participants.

Media are welcome to attend any time between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jerry Punch, ESPN reporter and physician

Ron Courson, ATC, PT, NRAEMT, CSCS
Glenn Henry, MA, EMT-P
Ray Castle, Ph.D., ATC
Donald Carson, M.D.
Kim Walpert, M.D.
MaryBeth Horodyski, Ph.D., ATC
Lovie Tabron MS, LAT, ATC
Remarks by Devon Gales

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

Emergency conditions include heat-related illnesses, spine boarding, sudden cardiac death and more. Attendees of this 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 Credits contact hours are available for ATs, EMTs and MDs attending.

More event details can be found on the registration web page:

Available for interviews:
Ray Castle, LSU athletic training program director and associate professor of professional practice in the School of Kinesiology

Donald Carson, LSU and Southern University team physician and primary care sports medicine fellow at Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Lovie Tabron, Southern University assistant athletic director for sports medicine

Event Sponsors:
This event was made possible by Cramer Products, LTCA Workers Comp; Southern University; the SEC Sports Medicine Committee; the University of Georgia; University of Florida; Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens, Ga.; Athens Technical College, Athens, Ga.; Baton Rouge General; and Acadian Ambulance.

Cramer Products
Baton Rouge General
LTCA Workers’ Comp
Acadian Ambulance


Direct media inquiries to:

Mary Woods
College of Human Sciences and Education

Tara Kistler
LSU Media Relations