The Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine at Hope College will examine the management of persistent pain in athletes on Monday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Maas Center.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The address will be delivered by Dr. Craig Denegar of Penn State University. He will consider the way that pain can continue even after healing has eliminated other symptoms of the related injury. According to Denegar, the causes of persistent pain can range from physical to mainly psychological, but that in any case pain signals that something is wrong. His talk will include suggestions for evaluating and treating athletes with such symptoms.

Denegar is a certified athletic trainer and physical therapist at Penn State University, where he directs the university's athletic training program. He is the author of many research articles and textbooks, and has lectured on persistent pain both in the U.S. and Japan.

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.