Renowned Brain Injury Specialist Speaker at Health System Lecture On Sports Concussion

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Feb. 23, 2008 – According to brain injury specialist Michael J. Raymond, PhD, and the clinical team at John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, 50% of college athletes have a history of concussion and one in 10 high school athletes involved in contact sports sustains a concussion every year. That is why it is so important that concussions are properly identified, diagnosed, and treated.

As part of Southeast Georgia Health System’s on-going commitment to the health and well-being of the community, Raymond will give a free lecture on sports concussion management. This lecture is scheduled for Thursday, March 5, at 7 p.m. in the Linda S. Pinson Conference Center on the Brunswick Campus, 2415 Parkwood Drive. He will speak on sports concussions and how to ensure athletes are safely returned to play. Also participating in the lecture will be orthopaedic surgeon Beau Sasser Jr., MD, of Summit Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery, a strategic affiliate of the Health System with offices in Brunswick and St. Marys.

Raymond has been the director of Clinical/Forensic Neuropsychology and clinical director of the Brain Injury Program at Allied Services at the John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., for the past 23 years. Additionally, he is director of the Sports Concussion Management Program that serves professional, recreational, and student-athletes. Raymond is also a Fellow of the national Academy of Neuropsychology and the American College of Professional Neuropsychology. He received his PhD in rehabilitation psychology from Florida State University, and is board certified in neuropsychology with added qualifications in forensic and rehabilitation neuropsychology.

Sasser is a native of Glynn County who received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Upon completion of the residency program, he finished a fellowship program with the Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute. During his time there, Sasser worked with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs treating a variety of sports and orthopaedic injuries.

To reserve a seat for this lecture or any other lectures offered by the Health System, please call 912-466-5160 or register online at www.sghs.com and click on the Calendar of Events.