Georgia Gwinnett College will partner with Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) to provide sports medicine services for GGC’s athletics program.
The college begins its first year of intercollegiate competition this fall. Grizzly Athletics includes men’s baseball, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s softball and men’s and women’s tennis, and was recently accepted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
“We are delighted to ensure that our athletes will be provided with great trainers, physicians and other resources that will help ensure the healthiest possible experience,” said Dr. Darin Wilson, director of Athletics at GGC. “We are confident that GMC will provide the highest level of service and care.”
The team doctor will be Gary Levengood, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at GMC who has worked in sports medicine for more than 20 years and serves as chairperson of the hospital system’s Sports Medicine Committee. GMC Certified Athletic Trainer James Williams will provide on-site sports medicine management. He has worked with the Atlanta Falcons and at major universities. He is designing the layout of Georgia Gwinnet’s services, purchasing equipment and supplies, and initiating policies and procedures to prepare for the coming season with this partnership.
The program will introduce ImPACT (Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) and performance training. ImPACT will reduce the chance of follow-up concussions so students are able to perform at optimum levels athletically and academically.
“We also plan to provide new services like Sportsmetrics, an ACL Injury Prevention program that will evaluate and correct potential tears in ligaments in female athletes,” said Tim Simmons, manager of GMC’s Sports Medicine Program. Young women are two to eight times more likely to suffer from an ACL injury compared to men, and this program can help reduce the risk for GGC’s female athletes.