A new lecture series at Hope College will focus on a variety of issues in sports medicine
throughout the 1997-98 school year.

The series is designed for students, educators and

clinicians alike. It is co-sponsored by the college and
Holland Community Hospital.

"The series provides opportunities for health care
professionals with an interest in physically active patients
to learn from the best and the brightest representatives of
the various disciplines that comprise the broad field of
sports medicine," said Dr. Richard Ray, who is the series
coordinator and an athletic trainer and associate professor
of kinesiology.

According to Ray, athletic trainers, physical
therapists and physicians are particularly encouraged to
attend. A total of five lectures have been scheduled for
the 1997-98 school year.

The series will open on Wednesday, Oct. 15, with
"Mild Brain Injury in Sports: Developing Objective Criteria
for Return to Play," by Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz of the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. On Thursday,
Nov. 13, Dr. David Lamb of The Ohio State University will
present "Creatine Supplementation in Athletics."

On Thursday, Jan. 15, Dr. Scott Lephart of the
University of Pittsburgh will present "The Role of
Proprioception and Neuromuscular Control in the Management
and Rehabilitation of Athletic Injury." Dr. Ed Wojtys of
the University of Michigan will present "Neuromuscular
Function and its Role in Knee Injuries in Women" on
Wednesday, Feb. 25.

The series will conclude on Monday, April 6, with
"Nutritional Assessment of Athletes: Strategies for Health
Professionals" by Jean Storlie of JS Associates Inc.

Each lecture will be presented in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music on the Hope campus. Admission is free.