posted November 14, 2000

Sports Medicine Lecture Series To Focus on Knee Pain

The Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine at Hope College will examine knee pain on Monday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. in the Maas Center.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The address, "'Hip' Strategies in the Treatment of
Patellofemoral Pain," will be delivered by Karen Rakowski of
the Midwest Sports Medicine Center in Springfield, Mo.
According to Rakowski, while anterior knee pain is the most
common orthopedic complaint in both the athletic and general
populations, effective treatment has remained elusive. She
will examine the way in which the ankle and hip joints
relate to the knee's well-being, and explore the
relationships' implications for treatment.

Rakowski is a certified athletic trainer and
physical therapist at the Midwest Sports Medicine Center in
Springfield. She serves as a clinical instructor in the
athletic training program at Southwest Missouri State
University, where she also teaches courses in surgical
pathology and upper extremity assessment. She has presented
the lecture topic at several national and regional sports
medicine conferences.

The Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports
Medicine is designed for health care professionals with an
interest in physically active patients, and is intended for
students, educators and clinicians alike. It is co-
sponsored by Holland Community Hospital, GRSportsCenter and
the college.