(Sioux Falls, SD) – Michael F. Bergeron, PhD, Director of the National Institute for Athletic Health & Performance at Sanford and professor of Pediatrics at the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota, was recently appointed to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC).
As one of 14 members of the SMAC, Dr. Bergeron will work to address sports-related health and injury risk management issues by advising the NFHS on sports medicine concerns as they relate to rules writing and the programs and services of the NFHS. The SMAC will also provide the NFHS leadership and membership with current information and guidance on sports medicine issues through the NFHS Sports Medicine Handbook, the Sports Medicine section of the NFHS Web site and other NFHS publications.
“All high school athletes, coaches, administrators and parents need to be educated on the most current sports medicine information and recommendations,” explained Dr. Bergeron. “This is a terrific opportunity for Sanford to establish connectivity across the country in high school sports in our efforts to promote safe and healthy participation.”
The SMAC will also develop and administer a national high school sports injury surveillance system for analyzing and practically interpreting injury data collected from all sports. From this information, the SMAC will make recommendations to improve safety and reduce injury risk in high school sports through appropriate changes in rules or equipment. Dr. Bergeron will serve on the committee for four years as a researcher.
About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, ND and Sioux Falls, SD and consists of two long-standing organizations that merged in 2009. Sanford is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation serving 110 communities in six states. It includes 30 hospitals, 111 clinic locations and more than 800 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 18,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's $400 million gift in 2007, the largest gift ever to a healthcare organization in America. For more information, visit www.sanfordhealth.org.