The Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine at Hope College will continue on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Maas Center.

Dr. Riann Palmieri of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor will present "Arthrogenic Muscle Inhibition: Sources and Implications for Rehabilitation."

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Through arthrogenic muscle inhibition, or AMI, the body responds to damage to a joint such as the knee by limiting the movement of the muscles surrounding it, an attempt to protect the joint from further injury. As a result, the muscles become weaker through disuse.

By overcoming AMI, according to Palmieri, the muscular deterioration can be limited and the patient can begin rehabilitation sooner. A goal, she said, would not necessarily be to return an injured patient to activity faster, but to allow a return when healing is complete without neuromuscular deficiencies.

Palmieri is a Certified Athletic Trainer and the program director in athletic training at the University of Michigan. She has written and presented extensively on her research dealing with sports-related injuries and the therapeutic interventions health care professionals can use to best deal with them. She holds a Ph.D. in sports medicine from the University of Virginia.

The Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine, which features a variety of topics, 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 Shoreline Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Associates of Grand Rapids, GRSportsCenter and the college.

All lectures in the series begin at 7 p.m., and will be presented either at the college or at Mary Free Bed Hospital in Grand Rapids.

The Maas Center is located on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street.

Additional information about the Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine may be found online at dlssm/index.html