Media Advisory: Youth Sports Medicine Education Course at Bridger Field House

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37The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma is hosting a sports medicine education course to help all members of the emergency care team prepare for youth sports injuries. The four hour course will cover concussions, heat illness, spinal injury management, and how to develop an emergency action plan. A hands-on simulation of a youth sports emergency using local student athletes will close out the training.

More than 110 paramedics, EMTs, youth and high school coaches, athletic trainers, athletic directors and emergency department clinicians are expected to attend the class to learn how to work together as a team to save an injured child’s life. The registrants represent over 60 organizations from Ashe, Caldwell, Davie, Forsyth, Gaston, Guilford, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. Attendees will receive continuing education credit hours. NC EMS for Children and the Winston-Salem Foundation provided funding for the course.

WHERE:  Wake Forest University Bridger Field House at 499 Deacon Blvd., Snead Club Room, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27105

WHEN:  Monday, August 8, 6-10 p.m.


6:00-6:07 p.m.                   Welcome by Bob Gfeller

6:08-6:15 p.m.                   Opening remarks by former NFL player Buddy Curry

6:15-6:45 p.m.                   Concussions and Heat illness by Dr. Christopher Miles

6:45-7:15 p.m.                   Spine injuries by Jeff Hinshaw

7:15-7:45 p.m.                   Emergency action plan development and questions by Chris Ina

8:00-10:00 p.m.                 On-field, hands-on sports equipment removal simulation with local high school students


  • Buddy Curry – former NFL player for the Atlanta Falcons, NFL Ambassador and co-founder of Kids & Pros for youth football safety clinics
  • Bob Gfeller – Executive Director of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, Executive Vice President of External Relations and Chief Marketing Officer for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
  • Jeff Hinshaw – PA/EMS at Wake Forest Baptist
  • Chris Ina – athletic trainer at Wake Forest Baptist
  • Christopher Miles – Family and Sports Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist

Additional Attendee:  McKenzie Beamer (NC EMS for Children)

Members of the media are invited to attend but please RSVP to confirm access. Interviews available upon request. For more information on the class and the Childress Institute, please visit

Thank you in advance and we appreciate your interest. Media contacts:

Kara Thompson, Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, (336) 491-9766 (cell),

Joe McCloskey, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, (336) 716-1273 (office),