Optim & GSU Host Football Coaches Conference

Optim Sports Medicine, a department of the physician-owned Optim Medical Center-Tattnall, partnered with Georgia Southern University Athletics to host the first Georgia High School Association (GHSA) and Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) Football Coaches Conference for Optim Sports Medicine affiliated teams.

The day-long event, “Protecting Our Student Athletes,” was held on Saturday, July 20, at GSU.

Football Coaches, Athletic Directors, and Athletic Trainers learned about the most up-to-date information on sports-related topics to include concussions, hydration, heat safety, spine injuries, lightning safety, medical time-outs and game preparedness.

Participants also had the opportunity to earn their Stop the Bleed and CPR / AED certifications.

Speakers included:    

Don Aaron, MD – Orthopedic Surgeon, Optim Orthopedics

Thomas Alexander, MD – Orthopedic Surgeon, Optim Orthopedics

Ty Butler, MPT, ATC – Director of Sports Medicine, Optim Health System

Brandy Clouse, MS, ATC, LAT – Sr. Assoc. Athletics Director/ Head Athletic Trainer, Georgia Southern University

Delan Gaines, MD – Orthopedic Surgeon, Optim Orthopedics

Patrick Hanson, MD – Orthopedic Surgeon, Optim Medical Center-Tattnall

P. Justin Lancaster, MD – Non-Operative Sports Medicine, Optim Medical Center-Tattnall

Ronnie MeltonStatesboro Bulloch Parks & Recreation Athletic Youth Athletic Coordinator, Georgia High School Official, Southeastern Eagle Football Association

Hope Price, MS, ATC, LAT – Optim Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer, Statesboro High School

David Sedory, MD – Orthopedic Surgeon, Optim Orthopedics

J. Casey Spivey, MD – Orthopedic Surgeon, Spivey Orthopedic Clinic

Thank you to area media outlets who covered this important event. See their coverage here:

WTOC’s Lyndsey Gough

WJCL’s Frank “The Big Guy” Sulkowski

The Statesboro Herald