The Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine at Hope College will examine preventing knee injuries in female athletes on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Maas Center.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Dr. Sandra Shultz of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro will present "Strategies for Preventing Knee Injuries in Female Athletes." According to Shultz, research has found that anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries occur in women at a rate of two to eight times that of males, depending on the age or sport. She will discuss prevention strategies in light of current research exploring neuromuscular control differences in men and women and their potential influence on knee stability and ACL injury risk.

Shultz is an assistant professor and director of the graduate program in athletic training and sports medicine at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She has received many research grants and has published widely on subjects related to athletic injury.

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 11th Street.