Ron Courson has served Georgia athletes since 1995.
ATHENS----University of Georgia Assistant Athletic Director of Sports Medicine Ron Courson was honored last week, along with two others, as having made significant contributions in preventing sudden death in sports. The awards were presented by the University of Connecticut Korey Stringer Institute at the inaugural KSI Lifesaving Awards.
Courson, who has headed Sports Medicine at Georgia since 1995, has worked with U.S. national teams at two Olympic Games (Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992), the 1990 Goodwill Games, 1987 World University Games and 1987 Pan American Games. He was also chief athletic trainer for track and field for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (ACOG) in 1996, and at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.
Along with extensive experience working with U.S. national teams, Courson has also received numerous distinctions at both the collegiate and professional sports levels in the United States. He has served as President of the Southeastern Conference Sports Medicine Committee, chairman of the College and University Athletic Trainers' Committee of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, and as a member of the NCAA Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports committee. In 2011 Courson was inducted into the Southeast Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame. He also received the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 2005 from the National Athletic Trainers' Association.
He is currently teaching the nationally accredited athletic training program as an adjunct professor within the University of Georgia's Department of Kinesiology. Courson teaches within this program while also serving as a clinical instructor at the Medical College of Georgia teaching student physical therapists. He has also authored a book, Athletic Training Emergency Care, as well as several research papers and text chapters.
Also receiving awards from the Korey Stringer Institute were Dr. Francis O'Connor (MD), an Associate Professor at the Uniformed Services University, and Mike Carroll, the Head Athletic Trainer and Assistant Athletic Director at Stephenville High School in Stephenville, Texas.
"These individuals are leaders in their fields when it comes to making important policy changes to prevent sudden death in sports," says Douglas J. Casa, chief operating officer of the Korey Stringer Institute. "The KSI is proud to honor each of them for their tremendous work and dedication to this important cause."