posted October 16, 2007

Lecture to Discuss Sports-Related Concussions

The Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine at Hope College will feature the address "Concussion Management in Athletics:  A Neuropsychological Approach" by Dr. Michael Lawrence of Michigan Medical PC on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Maas Center.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

According to Lawrence, concussion is the second leading cause of head injury in the United States, with an estimated 300,000 sports-related concussions occurring annually.  His presentation will summarize recent research concerning concussion and literature relating to the proper management of concussion both inside and outside of the game.

Lawrence is a clinical neuropsychologist with Michigan Medical PC in Grand Rapids.  He is an expert in the use of cognitive evaluation to make return-to-play decisions following concussions for athletes in a variety of sports.  He holds a doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Oklahoma with a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Geisinger Medical Center.

The Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine, which features a variety of topics, 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 Shoreline Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Associates of Grand Rapids and the college.

Additional presentations in the series during the 2007-08 school year have been scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 14; Thursday, Jan. 24; and Monday, April 21.  All lectures in the series begin at 7 p.m. and will be presented in the college's Maas Center, which is located on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street.

Additional information about the Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine may be found online at:

http://www.hope.edu/academic/kinesiology/athtrain/dlssm/index.html