posted January 11, 2011

Lecture to Focus on Impact of Crisis Care on Athletic Trainers

The Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine at Hope College will open its spring-semester season with a focus on the stresses placed on athletic trainers as they care for patients in crisis situations.

Dr. Shari Bartz, who is an assistant professor and athletic training program director at Grand Valley State University, will present the address "The Well Being of the Athletic Trainer - Personal Care in Crisis Situations" on Monday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

Bartz has been with Grand Valley State University for the past 12 years, and was previously the head women's athletic trainer and assistant head football athletic trainer at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  She has been a Certified Athletic Trainer for 18 years and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist for 16 years.

Her current research interests include eating disorders, strength and conditioning, and emergency care.  She has recently had several textbook chapters published related to her research on eating disorders as well as a chapter on the well being of the athletic trainer in a text on emergency care.

Bartz is an active member of several professional organizations including the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association, Michigan Athletic Trainers Society, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the AmericanCollege of Sports Medicine.  She earned her doctoral degree in health promotion and health Education from the University of Alabama and UAB in 2003, her master's degree in exercise physiology from UAB in 1995, and her bachelor's degree in health science with an emphasis in athletic training from Grand Valley State University in 1992.

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 Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan, Shoreline Orthopaedics, Holland Hospital Rehabilitation Services, The Bone and Joint Center, and the college.

Bartz-Smith's presentation is the third of five lectures scheduled through the series for the 2010-11 school year.  The remaining addresses are:  "Common Hand Injuries in Sports--Recognition and Management," by Dr. Richard Howell of Shoreline Orthopaedics on Monday, Feb. 21; and "Hip Injuries in Athletics" by Dr. Carl Wierks of The Holland Bone and JointCenter on Monday, April 11.  Additional information about the series may be found online at

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

Graves Hall is located at 263 College Ave., on Columbia Avenue between 10th and 12th streets.