Heat illnesses topic June 20

Brendon McDermott, PhD, will present “Heat Illness, Recognition and Treatment” from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at the Conway Regional Health & Fitness Center.

The presentation by McDermott will be the first of an ongoing speaker series offered by The Conway Regional Comprehensive Sports Outreach Program. The program is free of charge and the public is invited. The Health & Fitness Center is located at 700 Salem Road.

“This program is open to school athletic programs as well as parents, teachers and others who are interested in learning more about the symptoms and care for heat-related injuries,” said Tom Roberts, MD, the medical director for the Conway Regional Comprehensive Sports Outreach program. “Symptoms of heat-related illness can be subtle, and it is important to recognize and treat them before serious injuries occur. This is especially important since summer practices are under way.”

McDermott, an assistant professor in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, is an athletic trainer and has extensive expertise in thermoregulation, heat illnesses, exertional sickling, hydration and in prevention of sudden death in sports. He is a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine. He is also a member of the Medical and Science Advisory Board for the Korey Stringer Institute, advisory board for the Kendrick Fincher Hydration for Life Foundation, and the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Arkansas.

The Conway Regional Comprehensive Sports Outreach Program provides sports medicine services to schools and colleges throughout Faulkner County.

For more information, call 501.908.3117.