LSU Alumnus Dr. James Andrews to Keynote Emergency Preparation for Athletics Course on July 8
BATON ROUGE – LSU alumnus Dr. James Andrews, orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist, will deliver the keynote address at the Emergency Preparation for Athletics Course, co-hosted by LSU and Southern University, on Saturday, July 8.
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 also welcome to attend. The course will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Tiger Stadium’s South Stadium Club. Both Dr. Andrews and Gales will deliver remarks between noon and 1 p.m.
More information on the course and speakers is available at http://www.lsu.edu/chse/kinesiology/emcarecourse.php.
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 noon – 1 p.m.
Dr. James R. Andrews, orthopedic surgeon & sports medicine specialist – Andrews is a surgeon for knee, elbow and shoulder injuries and is a specialist in repairing damaged ligaments. Practicing in Alabama, Andrews has become one of the most well-known and popular orthopedic surgeons and has performed on many high-profile athletes. He also is the team doctor for the Alabama Crimson Tide, Tampa Bay Rays, Auburn University Tigers and Washington Redskins.
Ray Castle | firstname.lastname@example.org | 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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