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JU hosts major sports medicine/business conference April 9

Athletics and the law, sports medicine, NCAA compliance, concussions, sport business and safety issues are some of the topics on tap for the 2014 “Advances in Sports Medicine and Sport Business” conference at Jacksonville University Wednesday, April 9. 

The third annual all-day event is funded by a grant through Baptist Community Health, as well as grant money from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. It is a collaboration of JU and the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program and is free for principals, athletics administrators, coaches and guidance counselors in Northeast Florida, with general sessions in Gooding Auditorium and breakout workshops at the Kinne University Center, Davis College of Business and athletic fields. SportManagement-and-MedicineConferenceApril2013.jpg

“This program was designed to gather our school leaders, administrators, directors and others involved in the secondary school athletic experience to learn, update or refresh on very relevant topics that make athletic experiences safer for our young athletes,” said Robert Sefcik, Executive Director of the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program. “Schools understand that athletics are an integral part of the secondary school experience. However, there are risks involved.” 
Sefcik added that his organization, supported by leading area health care organizations, is available to schools for injury prevention education and guidance.
 
Morning sessions after breakfast include Athletics and the Law with JU Sport Business Prof. Cyntrice Thomas; updates from the Florida High School Athletic Association; Welcome Remarks from JU President Tim Cost; and information from the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program (JSMP).  
 
After a luncheon keynote by JU Chief Athletics Officer and Super Bowl XXVI runner-up MVP Brad Edwards, concurrent sessions will be held on NCAA Compliance with JU Associate Athletic Director April Taylor; Concussions with Dr. Chris Robertson; Sport Business with JU Sport Business Prof. Todd Hall; Individual High School Sport Coaches Clinics with JU Head Football Coach Kerwin Bell and other JU coaches; and CPR Training/Coaches Safety. 
 
A full schedule of events is at http://ow.ly/vyMJO. While the event is free, registration is required. For more information and to register, visit: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=zwoblmeab&oeidk=a07e914jfcy7726ab53, or contact Robert Sefcik, Executive Director, JSMP, at (904) 202-4332 or Robert.sefcik@bmcjax.com. Dr. Carol Dole can be contacted at cdole@ju.edu. 
 
About Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program
Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program (JSMP) in Jacksonville, Florida, is a volunteer-based non-profit organization that advocates for youth sports injury prevention. It works with coaches, doctors, other healthcare professionals, parents and other community members interested in making sports safer. The program provides schools with education, prevention tactics and advocates for the inclusion of licensed athletic trainers within youth sporting organizations, programs and events.  This program has served our community for more than 30 years.  Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program is supported by Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Nemours Children’s Clinic, the Duval County Medical Society, St. Vincent’s Healthcare, the Mayo Clinic, Brooks Rehabilitation and the Duval County Public Schools to provide a safe playing experience for all youth athletes. For additional information, jaxsmp.com.
 
About Jacksonville University
Jacksonville University works to prepare each of its more than 4,000 students for lifelong success in learning, achieving, leading and serving. Its nearly 200-acre riverfront campus is just minutes from downtown Jacksonville and the Atlantic Ocean. It has been named one of “America’s Best Colleges” for 10 straight years, and ranks in the top 1% among all Florida colleges for Return on Investment for its graduates. With a 12 to 1 student-faculty ratio and full-time faculty percentage of 80 percent, it offers small class sizes, inviting campus grounds and engaged faculty and staff in a setting that promotes community, ambition and responsibility. JU has nearly 190 full-time faculty and offers more than 70 majors, programs and concentrations. Additionally, it offers graduate degrees in business, choreography, education leadership, marine science, mathematics, nursing, speech-language pathology and orthodontics. JU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI) and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

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