The Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine at Hope College will examine the causes and treatment of asthma in athletes on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Maas Center.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The address, "The Asthmatic Athlete," will be
delivered by Dr. Jeff Kovan, DO, who is director of sports
medicine at Michigan State University. According Kovan,
asthma affects some 10 million people in the United States.
He noted that exercise can trigger an asthma attack, and
that some 10 to 20 percent of all athletes suffer with the
symptoms of exercise induced asthma (EIA). Kovan's talk
will review asthma and EIA, and will discuss options for
managing the affliction.

In addition to serving as director of sports
medicine at Michigan State University, Kovan is also an
assistant professor in the Department of Family Practice at
the university. He also directs the Sports Medicine
Fellowship Program at the university and the Family Practice
Residency at St. Lawrence Hospital in Lansing. He is a
graduate of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan
State University.

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.