An expert in high intensity workout environments, Corey Oshikoya, will visit the West Virginia University campus to discuss the effect of extreme exercise.

Oshikoya will speak to WVU faculty and students at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20 in Room 172 in the Coliseum. The presentation, titled “When exercise becomes deadly: An examination of rhabdomyolysis and sickle cell trait in athletics,” is free and open to the public.

Rhabdomyolysis occurs when extreme exercise causes a breakdown of muscle tissue and can result in other potentially dangerous effects on the body. Conversely, sickle cell trait, an inherited condition, can limit the physical demands on the body. Unless pushed past its limits life threatening consequences can occur. Both of these conditions will be examined to assist the clinician in recognition and treatment of these life threatening problems.

Often in competitive athletics and unique fitness regimens, the body is unable to tolerate these physical demands and subsequently begins to breakdown.

“The College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences’ Athletic Training program is honored to host Oshikoya as our distinguished lecturer this spring. As the assistant athletic trainer to the Denver Broncos, Oshikoya will appeal to students and faculty across the University who are involved in exercise,” explained Shelly Pruett, athletic training clinical assistant professor, CPASS.

As an alumnus from WVU athletic training program, Oshikoya has 15 years in the NFL, having worked with the Broncos since 1999. Previously, he served as intern with the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys before joining the Broncos.

“Oshikoya has shared his knowledge about sports injury care and sports medicine on a global level. He combined his passion and expertise during a visit to Guatemala with the Athletes in Action Sports Performance team,” said Pruett. The group blended health, emotional and spiritual messages with physicians, schools, universities and sport teams.

Oshikoya received the AFC Tim Davey Assistant Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Pro Football Athletic Trainers Society. He is the inaugural recipient of the honor, which recognizes one assistant athletic trainer from each conference. The award is named after Tim Davey, a 33-year NFL veteran employee who worked as an athletic trainer for the New York Jets and in the league’s game operations department before his passing in 2010.

He earned his master’s in education from the University of Virginia and bachelor’s degree from WVU. He has served on national, district and state level committees and task forces. He has been a presenter at state, district and national association meetings and is member of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society executive board and Certified EMT.

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CONTACT: Kimberly Cameon, College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences

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