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Southern University wide receiver Devon Gales is able to move his hands as Ron Courson, Georgia senior associate athletic director for sports medicine, checks on him during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Athens, Ga. Gales was taken off the field in a stretcher with a spinal injury. (Brant Sanderlin/Atlanta Journal Constitution vis AP)

Southern wide receiver Devon Gales was admitted to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta on Wednesday to begin the next phase of his treatment for a severe spinal injury he suffered last Saturday.

Gales, who underwent surgery for several neck fractures Sunday at Athens Regional, was admitted to Shepherd Center’s Spinal Cord Injury Unit “for evaluation, care and observation”, Southern said in a statement.

The statement also said, “(Thursday) he will begin a rigorous rehabilitation program under the guidance of a full team of medical and rehabilitation specialists.”

Gales, a redshirt sophomore from Baton Rouge, was injured while blocking on a kickoff return during the third quarter of the Jaguars 48-6 loss to Georgia in Athens, Ga.

Shepherd Center’s website says the hospital, founded in 1975, “specializes in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury or brain injury.” It is a private, not-for-profit hospital and is ranked among the Top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

The statement added “medical and rehabilitation teams at Shepherd Center typically include the following: an attending physician, nurse, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech language pathologist, recreation therapist, case manager, peer support specialist, nutritionist and psychologist.”


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