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Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program to host symposium for sports medicine professionals April 5-6 at JU

Jacksonville, Fla. —

National and local experts in the recognition and prevention of sudden death in sports, concussion and sports nutrition will share the latest in their fields at the 9th Annual First Coast Sports Injury Symposium on April 5 and 6, 2019, at Jacksonville University.

The event aims to educate school authorities including team physicians, certified athletic trainers, physical therapists, emergency medical personnel, administrators and athletic directors on the prevention and care of certain sports-related injuries identified as the leading causes of sports death. Attendees will also learn about effective sports nutrition and the latest in concussion research and protocol. The event will feature the release of a “cold water immersion” video, designed to help coaches, parents, athletes and others prepare, recognize and respond to heat illness.

The symposium begins Friday, April 5, at 5:30 pm with a reception at Jacksonville University’s Davis College of Business, 2800 University Blvd. N.  Following the reception, Rod Walters – lead investigator in the death of University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair last summer -- will speak about evidence-based emergency action planning.

The program will continue Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm at the same location.

Symposium speakers include:

  • Rod Walters, Walters, Inc. - Lead Investigator in the death of University of Maryland football player Jordan McNair
  • Roberta Anding, RD, LDN - Head of Nutrition, Houston Astros, - Presented by Gatorade Sports Science Institute.
  • Junaid Ahmed, MD - Cardiology Issues
  • Michael Yorio, MD and Jennifer Maynard, MD - Concussions
  • Elizabeth DeVos, MD and Justin Deaton, MD - Abdominal Trauma and Airway Management
  • Tony Iselborn - Chiropractic in Sports Medicine
  • Adam Morse, DO; Daryl Osbahr, MD; and Kevin Kaplan, MD - Team Physicians
  • Howie Weiss, DO, and Mike Ryan, PT/AT - Heat Issues

The symposium is presented by the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program. To register, see program or for more information, please visit or

The program is developed by the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program and Jacksonville University Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Science. Sponsors of the program include Jacksonville University, Donjoy by DJO Global, Jaguars Foundation, Baptist Health, Cardiac Science, Camelbak, Gatorade Sports Science Institute, Sports Health, CLIF Bars, Medco Sports Medicine, CareSpot, Gatorade and Henry Schein Medical.