School of Health Sciences to Host Distinguished Lecture Series

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 12, 2012 – High Point University’s School of Health Sciences will begin its Distinguished Lecture Series by hosting Dr. Douglas Casa, professor at the University of Connecticut, to speak at 6 p.m. on March 15 in the Frances Auditorium in Phillips Hall. Casa will be presenting a lecture, titled “Preventing Sudden Death in Sports.” The event is open to the public.

Casa is professor in the Department of Kinesiology, director of Athletic Training Education, research associate for the Human Performance Laboratory and chief operating officer for the Korey Stringer Institute all for the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. He has devoted the past 11 years toward research in the area of preventing sudden death in sports for the Department of Kinesiology.

During his time in the Neag School of Education, Casa has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and presented more than 300 times on subjects related to exertional heat stroke, heat-related illnesses, preventing sudden death in sports, and hydration. In addition to research, Casa has successfully treated more than 100 cases of exertional heat stroke.

“Dr. Casa co-authored the recently published position statement from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, ?Preventing Sudden Death in Youth Sports,’ and is a nationally renowned expert on exertional heat illness and sudden death,” says Dr. Jolene Henning, chair of the Department of Athletic Training. “This is a timely and noteworthy talk for health care providers and the community as the state of North Carolina has lost five high school athletes from sudden death since 2008.”

The purpose of the School of Health Sciences Distinguished Lecture Series is to share and learn about perspectives and work being performed in various disciplines; some directly related to health care and others more obliquely related. Lecture topics are intentionally diverse, and may include, but not be limited to, bench research, patient/client care, education, economics, societal issues, government, business, etc. Presenters are of national and international reputation and their presence on campus provides opportunities for students and faculty to share common interests, discuss the contemporary state of the lecture content and explore possibilities for collaboration.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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Pam Haynes

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