The Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine of Hope College will examine how to help athletes with spinal injuries on Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in the Maas Center.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Dr. Douglas Kleiner of the University of North Florida will present "Evidence-Based Procedures for Managing Cervical Spine-Injured Athletes." The talk will review the standard guidelines developed by the National Athletic Trainers' Association for managing athletes with spinal injuries. Topics will include athletic protective equipment, as well as techniques for immobilization and transportation.

Kleiner is the certified athletic trainer who chaired the inter-association task force for the appropriate care of the spine-injured athlete. He directs the athletic training education program at the University of North Florida. He is a prolific author and researcher, having published more than 100 articles, research reports and scholarly books.

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.

The Maas Center is located on Columbia Avenue at 12th Street.