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Team doctor, staff named for GGC athletics

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Georgia Gwinnett College has named the first team doctor in its fledgling athletic program, naming esteemed local orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gary Levengood to the role.

GGC's athletic program now includes teams in baseball, softball, men's and women's soccer and men's and women's tennis. It was recently accepted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Levengood is an orthopedic surgeon at Gwinnett Medical Center and has worked in sports medicine for 20 years. He also heads his own practice at Sports Medicine South in Lawrenceville and is the chairman of GMC's sports medicine committee.

Under Levengood and Tim Simmons, the manager of GMC's sports medicine program, GGC athletes will be introduced to programs like ImPACT (immediate post-concussion assessment and cognitive testing), performance training, Sportsmetrics and an ACL injury prevention program.

GMC-certified athletic trainer James Williams will provide on-site management for sports medicine at GGC. Williams, who has experience with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and Auburn University, is designing the layout of services at GGC, purchasing equipment and initiating policies and procedures, officials said.