Emergency Medical Response Expert to Teach Continuing Education Course


HPU High Point University Danny SmithHIGH POINT, N.C., May 16, 2013 – High Point University’s Department of Physical Therapy will offer an Emergency Medical Responder course for anyone who wants to know what to do in the case of an athletic emergency this summer. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 19, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 20-21 in HPU’s Human Biomechanics and Physiology Lab, located at 1030 Mall Loop Road.

The course will be taught by Dr. Danny Smith, founder and president of Physical Therapy Services/Center for Athletic Medicine in Elizabethton, Tenn. He will give participants the knowledge and skills necessary to work as a first responder in an emergency, to help sustain life, reduce pain and minimize the consequences of an injury or sudden illness until more advanced medical help can arrive.

Smith currently serves as the appointed chairman of the Emergency Response Special Interest Group of the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and is the acting program director of an APTA credentialed sports physical therapy residency.

“Additional or advanced training in emergency care is essential to provide aid in acute situations,” says Dr. Alexis Wright, assistant professor of physical therapy at HPU. “Completion of the Emergency Medical Responder Course prepares an individual to react appropriately to any emergency on the sidelines, in the clinic or in the community; improving the quality of care we are able to provide to our patients.”

Course participants will receive CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Emergency Medical Response certifications.

For more information or to register, contact Dr. Alexis Wright by calling (336) 841-9270 or email

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