Ron Courson, the Senior Associate Athletic Director of Sports Medicine for the University of Georgia, will take part in a panel discussing the health, safety and well-being of college athletes with The Knight Commission on May 10, 2016 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
The event is from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET and will take place at Holeman Lounge of National Press Club.
Joining Courson on the panel will be Marcus Lattimore, former college football player at the University of South Carolina; Margot Putukian, Director of Athletic Medicine at Princeton; Lori Runksmeier, Athletics Director at Eastern Connecticut State University; and J.C. Watts, former Congressman and college football player at the University of Oklahoma.
The Knight Commission is a public examination of important policy issues that impact college sports across the country. This meeting will mainly focus on health, safety and amateurism issues.
Courson has long been recognized as a leading advocate for student-athlete health and wellness working with, among others, the NCAA, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). He received the Jack Weakley Service Award from the Certified Athletic Trainers Society in 2015. Courson has served as chairman of the College and University Athletic Trainers’ Committee of the NATA and as president of the SEC Sports Medicine Committee.
Courson served as Chair for both the NATA/AFCA Spearing in Football Task Force and the Inter-Association Task Force on Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletics. He was a member of the Inter-Association Task Force that produced Exertional Heat Illness guidelines and was on the team that developed recommendations for the Appropriate Medical Coverage for Intercollegiate Athletics. In addition, he has participated on the writing teams for NATA position statements regarding: Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Athletics, Emergency Preparation in Athletics and Management of the Spine Injured Athlete and Preventing Sudden Death in Sport. He also was a member of the NCAA’s Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports Committee and its Life and Work Balance Task Force.
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