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2020 Big Sky Athletic Training Sports Medicine Conference

Poster Presentations:

  • Deadline for Abstracts for Posters will be December 15th, 2019
    • Upon receipt of the abstract, the Planning Committee will determine its’ acceptance.
    • Concussion posters are encouraged, all topics are welcome.
    • Final poster is to be submitted by January 10th, 2020.
    • Questions should be directed to: Jeffrey S Monroe at

Abstract of Conference Description:

The 2020 BSATSMC will focus on new innovations by manufactures; recent research on concussions; current management of orthopedic injuries; case studies, topic specific workshops and anecdotal comments by other speakers.

Continuing Education Credits

In 2019, 23.5 Continuing Medical Education Credits were approved by the Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine of Western Michigan University. Other credentialing has been applied for to the appropriate agencies. The BOC accredited the 2019 BSATSMC for 23.5 EBP credits.

Please recheck the website for final approval of continuing education credits as the program develops for 2020.

Outline of 2020 Conference Format:

  • Opening Day, Sunday, February 2nd, 2020
    • 4:00 Super Bowl Party, families and friends invited
  • Second Day, Monday, February 3rd, 2020
    • 7:00 – 10:00 am Session, Scientific Presentations
    • 1:00 pm Mid-day workshop
    • 3:00 – 6:00 pm Session, Case Studies, Special lectures
    • 6:00 pm Vendor Reception
  • Third Day, February 4th, 2020
    • 7:00 to 10:00 am Concussion Conference
      • Current research updates
      • Specific topics to concussions
      • Poster presentations
    • 3:00 – 6:00 pm Concussion Conference, Poster Presentations defended
  • Fourth Day, February 5th, 2020
    • 7:00 – 10:00 am Orthopedic presentations
      • Acute trauma management
      • Rehabilitation
    • 12:00 pm Mid-day Workshops
    • 4:00 – 6:00 pm Orthopedic presentations
  • Fifth Day, February 6th, 2020
    • 7:00 – 11:00 am, Multiple topics
    • 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Multiple topics


The objectives of the 2020 BSATSMC is to present current research, free communications, updates in current orthopedic and neurologic injuries and current trends in rehabilitation as they relate to the following:

  • To implement evidence based pediatric mTBI guidelines into everyday practice.
  • To recognize whether gender is a determinant of concussion incidence.
  • Develop strategy for estimating long-term brain health risk from chronic injury
  • To develop and implement a technology free baseline in concussion testing
  • Discuss the differing perspectives between patient-focused and team focused health care practices.
  • To discuss practical applications of outcomes assessments and how they can be implemented in a
    collegiate athletic training setting.
  • To develop strategies that can be employed for fostering a community based approach for reduction of
    head first contact behaviors.
  • To recognize the risk factors for success versus failure in elite athletes receiving large osteochondral
    allow-graft transplantations.
  • To develop changes in surgical and rehabilitation techniques that may augment healing of the newly
    placed ACL graft or enhanced recovery

Program Purpose, and why the content is important to Athletic Trainers:

The purpose of the program and its design is to promote interaction of the attendees by bringing the physical to the mental in the learning process.  Early morning and late afternoon sessions allow for casual interactions of the faculty and the attendees with a mountain of winter outdoor activities.

The content is important because it is current and from well experienced faculty members.  The faculty’s short bios are listed on the website which can attest to their expertise in speaking at the 2019 BSATSMC. The faculty presented current research that will assist in understanding of the issues facing athletic trainers and other sports medicine professionals.

Expected Outcomes:

It is the expectations of the faculty that the attendees will come away from the conference with a workable knowledge of the current issues in sports medicine. The attendees will have current information that will affect their patient outcomes.

Educational Materials offered to enhance participants learning:

The format of the conference is didactic in nature, handouts are not provided, but the lectures are posted on the website for a year post conference, faculty permitting.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

All paid registrants who are unable to attend the 2019 BSATSMC will receive a full refund.

In terms of housing, there is a two night deposit required at the Big Sky Resort, host of the facilities for the conference.  Please note their required 30 day notice of cancellation for a full refund on housing.


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