Sports safety course rescheduled for May 2

Published 10:23 pm Thursday, April 23, 2009

The PREPARE Sports Safety Course that was originally scheduled for March 8 at the Jemison High School auditorium has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. to noon on May 2.

β€œThe course was developed really for coaches so that they know what to do in the event of an injury until professional help arrives,” orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lawrence Lemak told The Clanton Advertiser in February.

Lemak is the founder of National Center for Sports Safety, the organization that provides the PREPARE course along with Alabama State University.

Course egistration forms are available at Cornerstone Fitness and Wellness, and the registration deadline is April 29.

Instruction is focused on the treatment of concussion, heat illness, cardiac issues and head and neck injuries. Also, the course will cover emergency planning, emergency recognition, principles of first aid, and warming up and cooling down.

The NCSS was founded in 2001 with a purpose of reducing the number and severity of sports related injuries, and the PREPARE course was developed in 2003 and has been attended by about 5,000 coaches in the state.

For more information on the organization or the course, call NCSS at (205) 329-7535 or (866) 508-NCSS.