John Lucas, M.D. recently had research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Local doctor receives international acclaim
Lucas, MD, is well known in Upstate South Carolina, but he’s getting some attention from far away, too – Great
Lucas’ research regarding concussions was recently published in the British
Journal of Sports Medicine. He is the lead author of a paper entitled “Provider attitudes and management regarding
returning to drive after concussion.”
The idea sprang from a conversation during Dr.
Lucas’ sports medicine fellowship at Wake Forest.
“Patients with a concussion
often have delayed reaction times, difficulty concentrating, and feel ‘slowed down,’” Dr. Lucas said. “Certainly,
these are symptoms which bring into question whether or not patients with concussion should be driving.”
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death among both teens and NCAA athletes – but Dr.
Lucas realized that physicians weren’t routinely discussing driving with concussed patients.
we looked into what we should be advising we found very little information,” he said. “We designed a survey to
get the thoughts and management practices of other sports medicine physicians around the country.”
Dealing with concussions
The main treatment
for concussion currently is rest. Dr. Lucas advises limited and sometimes complete brain rest, such as limiting screen time,
modification of school activities, and general activity that worsens symptoms.
patient is a little different, so this is tailored to the patient’s symptoms,” he said.
important first step is keeping the athlete on the sidelines until the symptoms are resolved.
will typically allow some light physical activity once symptoms begin to improve as long as it does not worsen symptoms,”
Dr. Lucas said.
Driving and concussions
The research indicates that, of the physicians interviewed:
* 83 percent
felt that athletes who suffered concussions were at an increased risk of motor vehicle crashes yet fewer than half, 49 percent,
routinely counsel their patients about driving.
* In comparison, 85 percent of responders
‘almost always’ counsel about screen use (television, computer, phone) following concussion.
* 82 percent indicated they did not implement testing to determine whether an athlete with a concussion was
ready to return to driving, and 30.4 percent of responders indicated they do not have clear return-to-drive criteria.
“Our study found that physicians are generally good about counseling patients on screen time, academics
and returning to sport. I think as physicians begin to realize this is an issue, more conversations will begin to happen,”
Dr. Lucas said. “Secondly, there is little information out there in terms of what we should be advising these patients.”
Dr. Lucas and his team recognized that restricting driving can make it difficult to go to work or school.
The paper also cites
the increased use of driving simulators for rehabilitation. Learn about the driving simulator at Spartanburg Regional’s
Sports Medicine Institute.
“We are currently working with Clemson University
International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) to study the effects of concussion on driving tasks using driving simulators,”
Dr. Lucas said. “Further research will help us understand how to appropriately advise patients on driving with and after
Three named to endowed professorships
College has named three professors to endowed professorships, recognizing their excellence in teaching and their leadership
They are Dr. Christine Sorrell Dinkins, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of
Philosophy; Dr. Natalie S. Grinnell, Reeves Family Professor in Humanities; and Dr. Timothy D. Terrell, T.B. Stackhouse
Professor of Economics.
“These three faculty members are true exemplars of the teacher-scholar,”
says Dr. Michael J. Sosulski, provost. “Each has exhibited excellence and creativity in teaching, skill in developing
courses and programs that serve Wofford student and has made significant contributions to knowledge in their respective academic
fields. “They have shown exceptional leadership both in their classrooms and out, advising and guiding student research
as well as serving in leadership roles on the faculty. We acknowledge and appreciate their work and congratulate them on their
new roles in these endowed professorships. We also are thankful to those who have given generously to the college to make
the professorships possible, rewarding exceptional teachers and scholars and, thereby, enhancing the student experience.”
Dinkins is a graduate of Wake Forest University and received her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy
from Johns Hopkins University.
A graduate of Tulane University with bachelor’s degrees
in French and English, Grinnell received her master’s degree and her Ph.D. in English from State University of New York
Terrell received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree
in economics from Clemson University and his Ph.D. in economics from Auburn University.
professorships and chairs allow Wofford to attract and retain faculty known for excellence for their teaching, scholarship
and for leadership and creativity in developing programs in their fields of study.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, left, and Gen. George Patton, right, present the medal
of honor to Gen. William Wilbur as Gen. George Marshall looks on in this 1943 photo taken in Casablanca.
Roosevelt, Patton descendants to lecture April 30 at Wofford College
The youngest grandson of World War II’s Gen. George S. Patton Jr. and the great-great-grandson of President
Franklin D. Roosevelt will talk about their historic ancestors at 7 p.m. Monday, April 30, at Wofford College as part of the
Hipp Lecture Series on International Affairs and National Security.
Heroes, History and Family Wisdom: President Roosevelt and General Patton” will be presented by Ben Patton, founder
and executive director of the Patton Veterans Project, and Kevin Cushing Chiucchini, co-host of the Armstrong Williams Show
on Sirius XM. The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Leonard Auditor-ium in Main Building.
“Ben Patton and Kevin Chiucchini will help bring to life the passion, wisdom and courage of their forefathers,”
says Van D. Hipp Jr., the founder of the Hipp Lecture Series and a 1982 Wofford graduate. “Being able to hear their
reflections on Gen. Patton and President Roosevelt will provide a special look into history and how they helped shape the
America of today.”
Roosevelt was the 32nd president of the United States, serving from 1933
until his death in 1945. A Democrat, he won a record four presidential elections and became a central figure in world events
during the mid-20th century. He directed the federal government during the Great Depression, implementing his New Deal domestic
agenda in response to the worst economic crisis in U.S. history.
in 1940 made him the only U.S. president to serve more than two terms. With World War II looming, he gave strong diplomatic
and financial support to China as well as the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union while the U.S. remained officially neutral.
Following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, an event he famously called “a date which will live
in infamy,” Roosevelt obtained a declaration of war on Japan the next day, and a few days later, on Germany and Italy.
He supervised the mobilization of the U.S. economy to support the war effort and implemented a Europe-first strategy, making
the defeat of Germany a priority over that of Japan. He also initiated the development of the world’s first atomic bomb
and worked with other Allied leaders to lay the groundwork for the United Nations and other post-war institutions.
Roosevelt won re-election in 1944, but he died in April 1945, just 11 weeks into his fourth term. The Axis Powers
surrendered to the Allies in the months following his death, during the presidency of his successor, Harry S. Truman.
Gen. George S. Patton Jr. is best known for his leadership of the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany following
the Allied invasion of Nor-mandy in June 1944. He also was a senior officer of the U.S. Army who commanded the U.S. Seventh
Army in the Mediterranean and European theaters in World War II.
Patton led a highly successful
rapid armored drive across France after the Normandy invasion, and he led the relief of American troops at Bastogne during
the Battle of Bulge and advanced his Third Army into Nazi Germany by the end of the war.
the war, Patton briefly was the military governor of Bavaria. He commanded the U.S. Fifteenth Army for a little more than
two months. He died in Germany in December 1945 as a result of injuries from an automobile accident.
philosophy of leading from the front and his ability to inspire troops with vulgarity-ridden speeches attracted favorable
attention. A popular, award-winning biographical film, “Patton,” released in 1970, helped transform Patton into
an American folk hero.
Benjamin Patton did not follow in the military footsteps of his famous
grandfather or his father, a decorated general of the Korean and Vietnam wars. The younger Patton became a producer and executive
at PBS and started his own video production company, Patton Productions LLC, a full-service company specializing in marketing
and promotional videos and high-end family biographies for private clients. Patton, the co-author of “Growing Up Patton:
Reflections on Heroes, History and Family Wisdom” (Berkley Caliber, 2012), has a master’s degree in developmental
psychology from Columbia University-Teachers College and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. He is the founder
and executive director of the Patton Veterans Project, a nonprofit organization that teaches combat veterans how to make films
that express their experiences and help them return to productive civilian life.
is co-host on the Armstrong Williams Show on Sirius XM; Williams is one of the biggest names in political talk radio and political
talk TV. Chiucchini also is the house manager at Theatre Row, 42nd Street Development Corp., a complex of off-Broadway rental
venues, rehearsal studios and office spaces. He received a B.B.A. in international management from Pace University in New
York City and studied acting at the Actor’s Conservatory, the New York Film Academy and Maggie Flanigan Studio. In addition
to being the great-great-grandson of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt, Chiucchini is the grandson of Kate Whitney and Franklin
Thomas, philanthropist and the first African-American president and CEO of the Ford Foundation.
Hipp Lecture Series on International Affairs and National Security, founded in 2011, is designed to create signature events
at Wofford that will capture the attention of students and the public and draw them into important conversations on applying
American leadership and ideals to the challenges of international affairs past, present and future.
lecture series is made possible through the generous donations of Hipp, chairman of American Defense International Inc., a
Washington D.C.-based consulting firm specializing in government affairs, business development and public relations.