ALBANY, Ga. -- As a follow-up to a similar event last July, coaches and physical education teachers from Southwest Georgia will have an opportunity to get additional training on how to recognize and treat problems common to their athletes.
The Winter Sports Symposium, being offered free of charge to coaches and physical education teachers in the region, is scheduled 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Phoebe Northwest, located at 2336 Dawson Road.
Dan Jansen, an Olympic gold medal speed skater, will attend the event as a guest speaker.
"(Jansen) has a tremendous story of perseverance and discipline that coaches would like to hear," said Butch Jenkins, regional director of outpatient rehabilitation for Phoebe Putney Health System.
Following a lecture on strength and conditioning, two break-out sessions will include topics such as log rolling -- the practice of turning a patient as a single unit while maintaining straight body alignment -- taping, shoulder injuries, knee injuries, proper stretching and proper automated external defibrillator use.
The sessions will be followed by a lunch presentation on concussions as well as an overview on general first aid and emergency action plans.
Phoebe officials say the idea is to give coaches the skill set to more effectively prevent injuries and start treating problems right away before a physician steps in, and to establish a connection between the area's coaches and orthopedic specialists.
"We need to hear from coaches what they need from us," said Dr. Troy Skidmore of the Phoebe Orthopaedic Specialty Group. Physicians from the Phoebe group, including Skidmore, will be among those giving presentations.
The symposium will differ from the first one held on July 21 in that it will provide a more hands-on approach, coordinators of the event say.
"Being on the Board of Education in Worth County, I know that budgets are tight," said Jenkins. "Not all districts have the luxury of having a full-time athletic trainer. We are taking this knowledge and sharing it with coaches, because they are on the front lines with these kids."
Officials with Phoebe said that participation is expected from districts throughout the region, including Miller and Worth counties. Breakfast and lunch will be served, and there will be an opportunity to earn continuing education credits.
For more information or to book a space, contact London Mainor, a service line marketing account executive at Phoebe, by calling (229) 347-0262 or sending an email to lomainorppmh.org.