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Andrew E. Lincoln, ScD, and Frank P. Dawson, IV, MD, Join Maryland Task Force Focused on Study of Sports Injuries in High School Female Athletes.

December 23, 2014

Andrew E. Lincoln, ScD, and Frank P. Dawson, IV, MD, Join Maryland Task Force Focused on Study of Sports Injuries in High School Female Athletes

BALTIMORE — (December 23, 2014) — Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has appointed Andrew E. Lincoln, ScD, MS, director of the MedStar Sports Medicine Research Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, and Frank P. Dawson, IV, MD, medical director of Sports Medicine at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, to join a newly established task force focused on the study of sports injuries in female high school athletes. Renowned leaders in sports safety, Drs. Lincoln and Dawson join other clinicians, legislators, coaches, educators and high school athletes, in an effort to reduce the occurrence of injuries and advance the health and safety of adolescent female athletes.

Specializing in the epidemiology of concussion and sports injuries and sports health policy, Dr. Lincoln is considered a national thought leader and leading researcher in the area of youth sports concussion. In addition to serving as the research coordinator of the MedStar Sports Medicine Concussion Program, Dr. Lincoln coordinates research activity for the US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee and the NFL Subcommittee on Cardiovascular Health. He is actively involved in the American Public Health Association and the American College of Sports Medicine and provides consultation to government, sport governing bodies and private organizations.

He is the recipient of the NCAA Research Award and the O'Donoghue Award from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. His publications appear in prominent scientific and medical journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Dr. Lincoln serves on the editorial board for several leading medical journals, including Injury Epidemiology and Frontiers in Sports Neurology; and has been quoted in national publications, including USA Today and The Washington Post.

Dr. Dawson, a sports medicine fellowship trained pediatrician, has clinical expertise in sports medicine, fracture care, concussion and general pediatrics. With a strong focus on head injury, Dr. Dawson is a member of the MedStar Sports Medicine Concussion Network and director of the MedStar Franklin Square Concussion Clinic. He is also a member of Baltimore County Public School System's Head Injury Committee.

An expert in treating young athletes, Dr. Dawson is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. He serves as the team physician for Kenwood, Franklin and Chesapeake High Schools, and further supports the region’s youth as a sports medicine consultant for Baltimore City and County Public School Systems.

Additionally, Dr. Dawson is an associate team physician for the Baltimore Ravens and team physician for Morgan State University. He holds various professional memberships including the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, National Medical Association and American Medical Association.

Established in the 2014 Maryland legislative session with the passage of HB 1332, the task force will review medical literature to identify effective methods of reducing sports injuries incurred by high school female athletes. As a result, the task force will determine whether the Maryland Department of Education should develop requirements for high school female athletic programs for the prevention of injuries, as well as make policy recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly.

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