School of Health Sciences to Feature Injury Prevention Expert from UNC-Chapel Hill

HPU High Point University Stephen Marshall

HPU High Point University Stephen MarshallHIGH POINT, N.C., March 5, 2013 – High Point University will host Dr. Stephen Marshall, a leading expert in injury prevention, as part of the School of Health Sciences Distinguished Lecture Series. Marshall will present “Concussion, Dementia and Football: Time to End the Game?” at 5 p.m. on March 12 in the Francis Auditorium of Phillips Hall. The event is open to the public; no tickets are required.

Marshall, who serves as professor and director of the Injury Prevention Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has published multiple articles detailing his research on injury and injury prevention. His research includes sports medicine, surveillance of sports injury, transportation safety, occupational injury and violence prevention. He also has interests in biostatistics and epidemiologic methods. Marshall has degrees in mathematics from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand; in biometrics and field experimentation from Lincoln University in Canterbury, New Zealand; and in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His presentation will discuss recent advances in scientific knowledge about the effects of concussion in contact sports, such as football. He will provide an overview of the current state of clinical knowledge, discuss recent research papers on concussion and dementia, and will talk about the potential contribution of technology that measures head impact in making collision sports safer.

According to Dr. Daniel Erb, dean of the School of Health Sciences, Marshall’s presentation is timely, especially in light of the NFL concussion debate and the increased awareness of the frequency and effects of traumatic brain injury in all sports.

Parking will be available for community members in the lot behind the Wilson School of Commerce.

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