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April 5-8, 2018 • Hyatt Regency Crystal City • Arlington, Virginia (Washington, D.C.)

Sports Medicine

The continuum connecting medicine with fitness is integral in the field today. Building the relationship between doctor and patient is now shared by professionals in the fitness industry. Keep abreast of the risks associated with exercise programming and modifications you need to be aware of for your patients.

Concussion: Program Considerations

Gregory Myer
Gregory Myer

Gregory D. Myer, PhD,  FACSM, CSCS*D is the Director of Research and The Human Performance Laboratory for the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and maintains his primary faculty appointment in the departments of Pediatrics and Orthopaedic Surgery in the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. Over the past decade, Dr. Myer has published over 250 articles  in peer reviewed medical journals and has published books and several book chapters related to his research on the biomechanics of knee injury, sports performance and knee injury prevention training.

Dr. Myer has received numerous awards for his excellence in sports medicine research. Among those awards are the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine’s O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award (2005, 2015) and The NCAA Research Award (2010), National Strength & Conditioning Association Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Specialist of the Year (2011), the Association of Bone & Joint Surgeons Nicolas Andry Award (2012), and the George J. Davies – James A. Gould Excellence in Clinical Inquiry Award Excellence in Clinical Inquiry Award (2014, 2016). Dr. Myer has been recognized three times by the Clint Thompson Award for Clinical Advancement in Athletic Training (2005, 2010, and 2013). Over the past year Greg has been recognized for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Kappa Delta/OREF Clinical Research Award, British Journal of Sports Medicine Systematic Review Award, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Harry Galanty Young Investigator Award, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award, American Journal of Sports Medicine Systematic Review Award and American College of Sports Medicine International Clinical Scholar Award.

Dr. Myer is currently certified with Distinction by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has been designated as a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Myer is serving or has served as an investigator on several nationally funded grants focused on injury prevention and rehabilitation which have contributed multi-million research dollars in direct costs to his institution. He serves as associate/section editor for multiple medical journals and is a member of and lecturer to the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the National Athletic Training Association. Dr. Myer is also currently serving as the Senior Research Advisor to the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention at Boston Children’s Hospital and represents the United States on the Ireland Sports Surgery Clinic Research Foundation Scientific Advisory Board.

  • Friday, April 7, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 7, 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has projected that by the year 2020, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) will rank third as a leading cause of the global burden of disease and injury. Current efforts to protect the brain are from outside the skull (helmets, mouthpieces, padding) have not led to any significant reduction in the incidence, nor the extent, of concussive brain injury as they do not limit movement and collision of the brain within. In this lecture we will evaluate the efficacy of current strategies to reduce concussion risk and explore the potential for novel approaches emerging in the field that will affect programs considerations of the future.


Heat Related Injuries Care and Prevention

Robert Huggins
Robert Huggins

Dr. Huggins is currently the Vice President of Research and Athlete Performance & Safety at the Korey Stringer Institute. His is responsibilities include the supervision, management, and coordination of research initiatives currently conducted by KSI. Additionally, Dr. Huggins conducts performance testing on athletes who are looking to enhance their performance through the use of scientific insights. Rob has been a licensed Athletic Trainer since 2007 and has experience at mass medical events such as the Falmouth Road Race, Boston Marathon, and Marine Corps Marathon where he has treated more than 35 cases of exertional heat stroke. Prior to his role at KSI, he started the club sports Athletic Training Programs at both Sacred Heart University and the University of Connecticut. Dr. Huggins focuses on two major areas of research, athlete health and safety and athlete performance. From a health and safety in sport perspective, his research has focused on improving Athletic Training services at the secondary school level, emergency best practices in youth athletes, and the economic impact of medical services rendered by Athletic Trainers. From an exercise science perspective, his research interests include heat illness and the assessment of physiological biomarkers, exercise stress, and training load on sport performance. Recently Dr. Huggins has studied elite soccer athletes, collegiate soccer players, professional football players, cyclists, and ultra marathoners.

  • Saturday, April 8, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
  • Saturday, April 8, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

In this lecture, Robert will review the different types of heat related injuries commonly experienced during athletic activity and what to look for in “at risk”athletes. He will also discuss how training in the heat can improve athletic performance and help avoid heat related illness. Last, Robert will also share experiences of athletes, laborers, and weekend warriors whom he has tested and successfully returned to sport safely following heat illness.


Workshop: Injuries, Aches, and Pains

Pete Ronai
Peter Ronai

Peter Ronai, M.S., FACSM, RCEP, CES, PD, CSCS-D, is a clinical assistant professor in the Exercise Science Department at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield Connecticut. He is a clinical exercise physiologist and was previously manager of Community Health at the Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers of Bridgeport Hospital in Connecticut and an adjunct professor in the Exercise Science Department at Southern Connecticut State University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He is past-president of the New England Chapter of ACSM (NEACSM), past member of the ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP) Practice Board, Continuing Professional Education Committee and a current member of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® Review Committee and the ACSM Publications subcommittee. He is also the Special Populations column editor for the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Strength and Conditioning Journal (SCJ) and a co-editor of ACSM’s Certified News.

Ed McFarland
Ed McFarland

Dr McFarland is the Wayne H Lewis Professor of Shoulder and Orthopedic Surgery, Director of the Division of Shoulder Surgery in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore MD.  He went to medical school at the University of Louisville and did his orthopedic surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.  He did a sports medicine fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles.  He began the Division of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at Hopkins in 1992 and continues to see patients of all ages. He has over 175 publications and has published a book entitled “Examination of the Shoulder: A Complete Guide.”

He has been active in ACSM since 1988 and has been a Vice President in the past. He has been on multiple committees and in the past has been a frequent speaker at the ACSM annual meeting and, the Advanced Team Physician Course and at the Summit.  He enjoys cycling for exercise and gets in shape every month or so.  He is married with three girls age 17, 14 and 12.

  • Saturday, April 8, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 9, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Orthopedic (bone and joint) injuries can sideline exercisers and make accomplishing their health and fitness goals, meeting current physical activity guidelines and maintaining the benefits from a workout/training program difficult. Health/fitness professionals best serve their medically cleared clients with orthopedic injuries by knowing and working within their scope of practice, understanding what exercise modifications and strategies and precautions are appropriate in specific situations and how and when to communicate with their clients physicians and healthcare providers. Ed will describe common orthopedic injuries, their management during each phase of healing and appropriate return to activity goals and strategies. Pete will provide examples of appropriate exercise program strategies for maintaining safety while enhancing physical conditioning during the phases of healing. Attendees will learn how to keep their injured clients physically fit and safe as they heal from specific injuries. Case studies will help demonstrate the role(s) health/fitness professionals should assume during their injured clients’ convalescence.


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