Conference Schedule

Sunday Afternoon: January 29th, 2023

2:30 pm Registration Opens

3:00 pm Opening remarks: Jeffrey S Monroe, Executive Director, Michigan State University Emeritus

3:05 pm “Practicing as an Emotionally Intelligent Athletic Trainer” Heather Murphy EeD, LAT, ATC, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Fairfax County, VA

A recent change in the educational pathway of athletic training students was made to admit a more mature student, which could be interpreted as preferring a student with higher emotional intelligence. Emotionally intelligent employees demonstrate proficiency in recognizing, expressing, and managing their emotions and the emotions of others.

3:30 pm “Cooling Modalities During Activity in the Heat: Reduce Risk, Optimize Performance and Enhance Recovery” Erin Dierickx MS, CSCS and Sean Langan MS, CSCS, AT

Heat stress is a major threat to the safety and performance of athletes. While cold water immersion is the gold standard treatment for exertional heat stroke, preventative cooling strategies can be implemented pre, during, and post-exercise

4:00 pm “Emergency Action Plans/On Field Emergencies in Major League Baseball” David Lintner MD, Head Team Physician, Houston Astros and Jeremiah Randall PT AT, Head Athletic Trainer, Houston Astros Baseball Team

Upon conclusion of this presentation, the audience will recognize the staff members necessary of an Emergency Action Plan in the Professional Sports Setting and will define the basic steps involved in the triage of a multiple injured person on field emergency.

4:30 pm “Abdominal Injuries in Baseball and Return to Play” Ken Crenshaw AT, Director of Sports Medicine and Performance, Arizona Diamond Backs Baseball Team

5:00 pm “Knee Dislocations in College Football” James Carpenter MD, University of Michigan Med Sport, Ann Arbor, MI

Knee dislocations are uncommon injuries in sports but can have disastrous outcomes especially if unrecognized. Early recognition of the severity of these injuries is critical in initiating the appropriate immediate assessments and care. This session will address the acute diagnosis and initial treatment of these injuries that may allow for effective subsequent definitive repair.

5:30 pm “Trauma and Emergency Medical Care at Yellowstone National Park” William Fales MD, Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine at Western Michigan University

6:00 pm NFL Playoff Welcome Reception, Hosted by DJO Orthopedics and SAM Sport, Jefferson Room, Families and Friends Invited



Monday, January 30th , AM Session Non-CMEs

7:00 am Opening remarks: Jeffrey S Monroe, Executive Director

7:05 am “How to Integrate Hydrotherapy into Your Athletes Recovery Programs” Drew Willson, MS AT, University of Georgia

7:25 am “Utilizing a Pain Management Digital Health Platform to Increase Adherence and Improve Outcomes” Brad Siff CEO manages R&D, product development, clinical studies, quality, regulatory, contract manufacturing and corporate finance. His original concept for BioWave’s signal technology came from an inspiration he had while working as the Chief Operating Officer at a prior medical device company

The BioWave® Pain Management Digital Health Platform is designed to link patients to healthcare providers. The platform provides a Dashboard for healthcare providers to track patient adherence and outcomes in real time, and guides patients through start up, makes it easy to understand how and when to use the device, informs patients if they are on track and provides suggestions to improve outcomes. See a live demonstration at our booth.

7:45 am “Return to Play for Anterior Cruciate Injuries” Mark Paterno PT, PhD, ATC Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

8:05 am “Objective Cognitive Evaluation for Concussion: How Neuroscience is Safeguarding Return-to-Play” Dr. Ryan C. N. D’Arcy, President and Chief Scientific Officer, HealthTech Connex

NeuroCatch is an FDA-registered medical device that offers a rapid, objective evaluation of cognitive brain function at the point of care.  Grounded in 25+ years of research, NeuroCatch measures the brain’s response to auditory stimuli in a quick, 6-minute test, producing an easy-to-interpret report. These event-related responses represent objective neurophysiological markers of cognitive brain function and have been validated in concussion and post-concussive states.

8:25 am “The S-shaped Spine, Why You Want It, How It Improves Athleticism, and How to Get It” Eileen Durfee PhD, Creatix Solutions

Exercise, posture and support all influence the care of the injured spine.

8:45 am Exhibit Hall Break

9:05 am “Too Hot? Too Cold? Is Contrast Just Right?” Valerie Tinklepaugh-Hairston MS, MPA, LAT, ATC Clinical Product Manager- Kelvi

Contrast therapy is an often-misunderstood treatment. What does the evidence say about contrast therapy and how can we effectively integrate it into our practice.

9:25 am “Utilizing 3D Printing for Casting and Splinting in a Sports Medicine Practice” Gloria Beim, M.D., Medical Director Gunnison/Crested Butte/Telluride, US Ski and Snowboard Medical Provider, Head Team Physician, Western Colorado University, Founded Alpine Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Colorado (now VSON Alpine)

3D printing is becoming more popular in orthopedic fracture care and understanding the limitations therein will help the practitioner determine the best kind of device to use.

9:45 am “Blood Flow Restriction, BFR, Where Are We? An Update on the Clinical Use of BFR Training” Zachary Dunkle, DPT, OCS, CPPS, PhysioEdge Physical Therapy, Atlanta, GA

This presentation will provide the attendee with how BFR can be used to influence clinical outcomes beyond muscle adaptations. Specifically, the attendee will have a better understanding of the effects BFR has on pain, tendon adaptations, and bone preservation during the post operative recovery process.

10:05 am “What is radiofrequency (RF)?” Michael McGee, AT, Head Clinical Trainer, Indiba

How can stable radiofrequency (RF) be of benefit in your training room? Join this session to hear INDIBA’s Head Clinical Trainer Michael McGee dive into RF technology.

10:25am End of Monday AM Session



Workshop Presentations, Monday, January 30th

Big Sky Casting and Splinting   Attendees will learn the fundamentals of casting and splinting techniques through hands-on instruction and application. The workshop will cover basic and intermediate casting & splinting, including upper and lower extremity indications.

Basic Splinting & casting 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Advanced Splinting and Casting 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Instructor: Steve Reidy, BSN/Essity



Monday, January 30th , PM Session Non-CMEs

3:00 pm “Creating Practical and Effective Marijuana Policies in 2023” Jeff Konin PhD AT, PT, FACSM, FNATA, Clinical Professor, Florida International University

With the recent changes in the NCAA policy transitioning from a punitive to a mental health approach yet one that increased the threshold level for a positive THC metabolite from 35 to 150ng/ml, colleges and Universities have been faced with understanding the impact these changes will have and simultaneously establishing a contemporary program that is in line with a program’s philosophies, needs, and personnel.

3:20 pm “Combined Multicenter Randomized Placebo Controlled Studies of Long Duration Continuous Ultrasound for Soft Tissue Pathology” George K. Lewis, President, ZetrOZ, Rehabilitation Research Chairman, Veterans Health Administration, Board Member, Orthopedic Foundation 

Long Duration Ultrasound or Sustained Acoustic Medicine (SAM) is an emerging therapeutic treatment option to promote biological activation of cellular proliferation, collagen matrix remodeling, and bulk-tissue rapid reformation. Daily, multi-hour, application of continuous-ultrasound treatment may be combined with topical diclofenac to further promote rapid pain-relief effects. This presentation reviews the latest systematic reviews, meta-analysis, and registered clinical trial results of SAM for soft tissue injuries.

.3:40 pm Performance Enhancement Using Wearable Technology” Pat Karns AT, Neuro20

Frequency Matters” with every tool available today for the Sports Medicine professional. Neuro20 offers a neuromuscular stimulation system that is a 20-channel wearable device, that is also a wireless technology. So, when you’re on the Football field, Basketball court, or Ice arena you can enhance the firing of those distal motor units of your patients during their rehabilitation endeavors. Neuro20 also has patterned electrical muscle stimulation for activities such as: Cycling, Sprinting, Kicking, Throwing and more, which is where the magic really happens.

4:00 pm “Neuromechanical Measures for Rehabilitation, Concussion and Performance, powered by TRAZER” Randy Cohen AT DPT

4:20 pm Exhibit Break

4:40 pm “Impact Telemetry in Contact Sports” Matt Shimshock, Riddell Corporation

5:00 pm “Limiting Microbials in the Collegiate Setting” Andy Muntan AT, Penn State University, Football Athletic Trainer and William Pommerening, AirPHX

5:20 pm “A Photoceutical Approach to the Continuum of Care” John Bruno AT, MultiRadiance

5:40 pm “Cryopreserved Birth Tissue used to Treat Elite Sport Athletes in the OR and Clinic” Bob Anderson, MD, Honored Professor, Director of Foot and Ankle, Titletown Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics, Associate Team Physician, Green Bay Packers

6:00 pm Sponsors Reception, Exhibit Hall, hors devours, adult beverages, attendees are encouraged to attend.



Tuesday, January 31st, AM Sessions, Concussion Day

7:00 am Opening Remarks, Jeffrey Kutcher, MD, Kutcher Clinic for Sports Neurology, Detroit, MI and Park City, UT

7:15 am “New Strategies from the Bench Science Playbook,” Christopher Giza, MD, UCLA BrainSport

Dr. Giza will review recent advances in lab bench to sideline bench translational research.  This may include biomarkers for diagnosis and prognosis, appropriate role of exercise in treatment, and deep phenotypes of persistent post-concussion symptoms (PPCS).

7:45 am “Developing a Differential Diagnosis for Concussion Presentations,” Stephanie Alessi, MD, Director of the Hartford Healthcare Sports Neurology Program

Differential diagnoses of concussions are important and unfortunately not considered enough. Considering mimickers of concussion may prevent unnecessary delays in returning athletes to sport which in turn supports their mental health without sacrificing safety.

8:15 am Exhibits

8:30 am “Update from the 6th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport,” Jeffrey Kutcher, MD, Kutcher Clinic for Sports Neurology, Detroit, MI and Park City, UT

9:00 am Long-term Effects of Contact Sport Participation on Brain Health – Update from Amsterdam, Rudy Castellani, MD

9:30 am “A Movement Based Assessment Paradigm for Sport Related Concussion,” Michael Hutchison, PhD, University of Toronto

10:00 am “Accounting for Nuance and Subtlety When Making In-game Concussion Management Decisions,” Andrew Gotschalk, MD, Ochsner Health System, New Orleans, LA

10:30 am End of Morning Session



Tuesday, January 31st, Workshop (Must be pre-registered, limit of 25)

12:30 – 2:30 pm Workshop: (Must pre-register, no charge)       “Name, Claim, and Aim – Identifying and Using Your Individual Strengths” (Limit of 25)

Abstract: As employees and leaders in sports medicine healthcare, understanding ourselves is the first step to achieving vocational satisfaction. Employees who understand their individual strengths and can utilize and leverage them daily demonstrate increased workplace engagement, increased performance, and lower attrition levels. This session will focus on utilizing the Clifton StrengthsFinder tool to assist participants in identifying their inherent talents and explore how they might further develop those talents to approach tasks with higher levels of productivity and efficiency. In addition, participants will become aware of the biases and filters their talents create and develop strategies for improving self-awareness, self-expression, and self-regulation. Finally, participants will learn how to apply strengths-based development principles to their
interactions in individual and team relationships.

Workshop Learning Outcomes:
1. Name: Explore individual talent themes and strategies for strengths-based development.
2. Claim: Identify inherent individual biases and filters that impact productivity and relationships.
3. Aim: Understand and appreciate how one can apply strengths-based development theories to
promote individual and team engagement and productivity.

Sara Massey, MSPM, PMP, CFRE
Andy Massey, MAT, ATC
Each workshop attendee will receive an eBook and code for the CliftonStrengths Online Talent Assessment

Concussion Based Workshops, no pre-registration needed:

12:30-1:30 pm Workshop I: “Management of Acute Concussion: A Case Based Discussion”, Jake Carpenter-Thompson, MD/PhD, Fellow Kutcher Clinic for Sports Neurology, Detroit, MI and Park City, UT

Discussion concerning the clinical presentation of acute concussion. A case based approach to treatment of acute concussion.

1:30-2:30 pm Workshop II: “Procedural Headache and Spine Management in Athletes,” Kate Essad, MD, and Paige Buddenhagen, LAT, Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee, WI

“Concurrent Spine Injury”

Spine injury commonly occurs with mild traumatic brain injuries. These injuries may affect muscles, nerves, nerve roots, joints, and even the spinal cord. Concurrent spinal injury results in fewer gains in physical therapy, more mood disturbance, and prolonged cognitive complaints. Identifying and treating these injuries early reduce time to recovery

  1. After this presentation, learners will be able to efficiently screen and identify lingering spine injuries in athletes with concussion
  2. After this presentation, learners will have a visual understanding and be able to counsel athletes on procedural management for lingering symptoms from the spine

“Side-Stepping Side-Effects-Procedural Headache Management in Athletics”

For many years, evidence-based practices have included safe use of prolo-therapy and chemo-deinnervation for multiple headache types, with and without concussion. Newer evidence demonstrates the safety and efficacy of these treatments in athletes.

  1. After this presentation, learners will be able to identify the opportunity for and offer alternative treatment options to their athletes with headache
  2. After this presentation, learners will have a visual understanding and be able to counsel potential recipients of what procedures entail, the risks, and benefits



Tuesday, January 31st, Afternoon Session, Concussion Day

3:00 pm “Coordinating Individualized Management of Return to Sports Participation Following Concussion Diagnoses,” Meeryo Choe, MD, UCLA BrainSport

Coordinating individualized after-care for a concussed athlete can be challenging given the diverse symptoms and rehabilitation needs that they may have. In this talk, Dr. Choe will discuss the multi-disciplinary approach that should be taken to optimize recovery for athletes, including consideration of return to school/cognitive activity, physical activity, and approaches to those with persistent post-concussive symptoms.

3:30 pm “Protective and Risk Factors for Persistent Post Concussion Symptoms and Return to Play of NCAA Collegiate Athletes: Findings from the NCAA-Department of Defense Care Consortium,” Nicholas Port, PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

All clinicians have an intuition of what factors put a student athlete at risk for a slow concussion recovery and the diagnosis of Persistent Post Concussion Symptoms. This presentation will examine all the leading factors, some will turn out to be protective and several will be surprising.

4:00 pm “Epidemiology of Concussion Diagnoses by Degrees of Certainty”, Adam Sitzmann, MD, and Jayson Nelson, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT

4:30 pm Exhibits

4:45 pm Concussion and Sports Neurology Poster Recognition, Jeffrey Kutcher, MD

5:00 pm “Development of the National Football League’s Concussion Protocols” Thom Mayer MD, NFLPA Medical Director

5:30 pm Final Discussion-Wrap up-Q&A, Jeffrey Kutcher MD

6:00 pm End of Day Session

8:00 pm “Ups and Downs: Drew Petersen on navigating the mountains and valleys of mental health through skiing” A short film describing a journey to discovery of the cause of his mental health issues.  Drew Peterson and Jeffrey Kutcher, MD,



Wednesday, February 1st, AM Session, Ortho Day, Lower Extremity

7:00 AM Opening remarks, Geoffrey Baer MD, University of Wisconsin Team Physician

7:05 am “The Preparticipation Evaluation – What if we started from Scratch” David Bernhardt, University of Wisconsin

7:30 am “Cartilage Reconstruction in the Athlete” Geoffrey Baer MD, University of Wisconsin, Madison Wisconsin.

Dr. Baer is board certified in orthopedic surgery and fellowship trained in sports medicine. He is an Associate Professor and team physician for the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department and provides orthopedic medical coverage for Badger Football, Badger Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey, Badger Men’s Soccer, Badger Wrestling, and the Badger Spirit Squad. His special interests include sports medicine surgical procedures involving the knee and shoulder

7:55 am “Outcomes after Total Knee Arthroplasty and Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty in young, active patients” Jimi Cook DVM PhD

Although rarely the “first choice”, artificial arthroplasty may be the best treatment option for some athletic patients with complex knee problems.  This presentation will take a case-based look at best current evidence for this treatment option and briefly compare TKA and UKA outcomes to other potential treatments for these difficult knee problems.

8:20 am “Posterior Shoulder Instability in the Athlete” Grant Jones MD, The Ohio State University

Posterior instability is now being recognized and diagnosed more frequently than in the past.  This presentation will review the diagnosis, treatment options, and expected outcomes for the treatment of posterior shoulder instability.

8:45 am “Revision Shoulder Instability in the Athlete” Anthony Zacharias MD, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

9:10 am “Elbow Biceps Tendonitis and Rupture in the Athlete” Aaron Feilich MD, University of Virginia

Dr. Feilich is an Orthopaedic Surgery, Surgery of the Hand with research interests in identifying and tracking patient’s clinical outcomes after procedures to improve results in hand and wrist surgery and the use of technology in Orthopaedics and education. His Clinical Practice includes hand, wrist, forearm and elbow issues and injuries.

9:35 am “Trends in Elbow Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries in Athletes” Gregory Cvetanovich MD, Team Physician, The Ohio State University

Ulnar collateral ligament injuries are common in overhead athletes such as pitchers with risk factors for injury that are being increasingly understood. We will discuss treatment including nonoperative management and surgical treatments with UCL reconstruction and the newer trend toward UCL repair with internal brace augmentation

10:00 am “Considerations in the Treatment of Softball Athletes” Matt Smith MD, Washington University Sports Medicine, St. Louis Blues Hockey Team Physician

We will discuss the biomechanics of windmill throwing and the associated risk factors for injury.  We will also discuss the injury rates in college and high school softball athletes compared to injury rates in baseball athletes.

10:25 am “How Would You Manage Upper Extremity Cases – Panel Discussion” Moderated by Geoff Baer MD

11:00 am End of Morning Session


1:00 – 2:00 pm Workshop: “Using Shared Professional Values in Sports Medicine to Guide Ethical Behavior in Clinical Practice” Kimberly S. Peer, EdD, ATC, FNATA, Kent State University

Sports Medicine professionals are obliged to abide by the Code of Ethics established for their discipline-specific organizations and state practice acts.  However, interpretation of the Code of Ethics is often times variable and can lead to ethical vulnerabilities in clinical practice.  Therefore, professional organizations have explicitly articulated shared professional values to guide behaviors.  As sports medicine professionals grapple with the ambiguities of clinical practice, these shared professional values will guide behaviors.  The literature contends that these consistent shared professional values will guide a professional identity for the practitioner and discipline collectively.  The purpose of this workshop is to present and connect the tenets of code of ethics and shared professional values in sports medicine professions.  Through case analysis and application, these shared professional values will be used as foundational decision-making tools to address ethical decision-making in sports medicine situations.


At the conclusion of the workshop, the participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the connection between professional codes of ethics and shared professional values;
  2. Identify how the shared professional values guide professional behaviors in ethical decision making situations;
  3. Analyze cases to actively consider the multiple strategies for resolving ethical dilemmas; and,
  4. Integrate the construct of professional identity as a substantive outcome of the implementation and integration of shared professional values in clinical decision making.

Wednesday, February 1st , PM Session, Ortho Day Upper, Extremity Issues

3:00 pm Introduction to Afternoon Session, Geoffrey Baer MD

3:05 pm “Psychological Impact of Athletic Injury: Ways to Use Social Support During the Rehabilitation Process” Dr. Ryan Pittsinger, Texas A&M University-Assistant Athletic Director- Director of Counseling and Sport Psychology Services; Louis Duran Head Football Athletic Trainer- Texas A&M University; Daniel Jacobi, Senior Associate Athletic Director- Texas A&M Sports Medicine

We will present an overview of the psychological impacts of athletic injury, as well as discuss ways medical professionals can further support the psychological needs of athletes through a multidisciplinary led athlete support group designed to facilitate social support during the injury recovery process.

3:35 pm “Reconsidering Sports Medicine’s Place in Our Athletic Culture” Dough McKeag MD

4:00 pm “Hip Arthroscopy-Where We Are in 2023” Brian Walczak DO PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Here, we will review contemporary management options of an athlete’s labral tear with emphasis on comprehensive management of hip impingement, associated tendonitis, and rehabilitation aimed at optimizing functional results.

4:25 pm “Rehabilitation of the Hip in Sports following Hip Arthroscopy” Kirk Schultz DPT, University of Wisconsin

4:50 pm“Lateral Extra-articular Tendodesis of the Knee in Anterior Cruciate Injuries” David Diduch MD – is the Allen F. Voshell Professor of Sports Medicine and Chief of Sports Medicine at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

Although rarely the “first choice”, artificial arthroplasty may be the best treatment option for some athletic patients with complex knee problems.  This presentation will take a case-based look at best current evidence for this treatment option and briefly compare TKA and UKA outcomes to other potential treatments for these difficult knee problems.

5:15 pm “Management of the Failed Rotator Cuff Repair” John Orwin MD, University of Wisconsin

This will be a discussion of the work up and treatment of the “failed impingement /cuff surgery. What are our options when initial surgery isn’t successful.

5:40 pm “How Would You Manage Upper Lower Extremity Injuries – Panel Discussion “Geoff Baer MD, PhD, University of Wisconsin- Madison.

6:30 pm End of Afternoon Session


Thursday, February 2nd , Ortho Day, AM Session

7:00 am “Applying the Principle of Informed Consent on the Sideline” Katie W Flanagan EdD, LAT, ATC East Carolina University & Randy Cohen PT, AT

At the conclusion of the presentation, the attendee will be able to: Articulate the different means of obtaining informed consent; Prepare for challenges associated with decisions made during a contest/game/event; Critique documentation used to convey how informed decisions were articulated

7:30 am “Protective Equipment in Youth Sports” M. Alison Brooks MD, University of Wisconsin

This talk will discuss the evidence regarding add-ons for football helmets, headgear for soccer and lacrosse, Q-collar for concussion and how this can inform guidance given to youth athletes, parents and coaches

8:00 am “State of the Art: Use of Biologics in Sports Medicine” Ed Tingstad MD

8:30 am “Youth Sports Specialization: Where Are We Now.”  Andrew Watson MD MS, University of Wisconsin

9:00 am “Management of the Acutely Injured Knee in Athletes” Jace Heiden MD, Current Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

9:30 am “Wrist Dislocations, Subluxations and Fractures” Jon Tueting MD, University of Wisconsin

10:00 am “Sports injuries of the hand” Jeff King MD, Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine at Western Michigan University

Sports injuries of the fingers and thumb are common, especially in ball handling and collision sports. This talk will review injuries of the bones, joints and tendons of the hand which are commonly seen in athletes. We will review the mechanism, evaluation, initial and definitive management of these common sports injuries. We will specifically review which injuries are play or no play injuries based on pt age, sport and position related factors.

11:00 am End of Conference