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Presbyterian Healthcare holds first annual sports symposium for Union County Public Schools

The presenters from Presbyterian Healthcare, (from left), are Dr. Tia Konzer, a psychiatrist from Presbyterian Psychiatric Associates; Dr. Eric Warren, medical director of the Presbyterian Sports Medicine Program; and Felicia White, who is the certified athletic trainer coordinator at Piedmont High.

Presbyterian Healthcare’s sports medicine team held a sports medicine symposium for UCPS coaches, trainers and first responderson August 19, 2010. More than 200 people attended, including the UCPS superintendent - Dr. Ed Davis , assistant superintendent - Dr. Mike Webb and the UCPS athletic director - Doug Jones.

Dr. Eric Warren, medical director of Presbyterian's sports medicine program with UCPS, spoke about common sports medicine injuries and illnesses and also gave a brief overview of services Presbyterian offers to the general community, such as primary care sports medicine, physical therapy, orthopaedic surgery and sports psychiatry.

In addition, Felicia White, certified athletic trainer coordinator for Piedmont High School, taught attendees the fundamentals of basic life support (BLS) and trained them to use automated external defibrillators (AED). Presbyterian Healthcare donated nine AEDs to UCPS in 2009.

Dr. Tia Konzer, psychiatrist, of Presbyterian Psychiatric Associates, also provided a thorough overview of the field of sports psychiatry and the services available from Presbyterian.

Presbyterian recently signed a seven-year agreement to provide sports medicine services to UCPS high school student-athletes. The agreement provides for certified athletic trainers, game-day medical coverage, annual sports physicals and educational offerings, such as seminars and clinics. Presbyterian will also assist with the creation and implementation of emergency preparedness plans and provide various in-services, such as concussion management. To learn more about Presbyterian, visit its website.

Written by: Laura Edwards, Senior Public Relations & Marketing Specialist for Presbyterian Healthcare.
Edited by Don Mace, UCPS Web Communications Coordinator
Posted: Aug 25, 2010 by Don Mace

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