Conference Schedule

2019 Big Sky Athletic Training Sports Medicine Conference

Please note, the posted programming is subject to change as working titles of presentations are refined and speakers are identified.

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019 MLB Session, Madison Room:

This Sunday session is organized and provided for by the BSATSMC Planning Committee, with Rick Griffin AT of the Seattle Mariners as lead member.  It is hoped the AM session will be well received on Super Bowl Sunday with less haste to return from the day’s activities.

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

7:05 am “Blood Flow Restriction Therapy in Professional Baseball” Jeremiah Randall AT PT, Houston Astros Baseball Organization, Houston, Texas

7:30 am “Tommy John Surgery vs Bridge Approach in Throwing Athletes” David Lintner MD, Head Team Orthopedic Physician, Houston Astros Baseball Club and Houston Texans, Chief of Sports Medicine & Fellowship Director, Houston Methodist Hospital

8:00 am “Hip Injuries in Professional Baseball, Why Now?” Larry Starr Ed.D, LAT, President Starr Athletic Solutions, Former Head Athletic Trainer, Cincinnati Reds


  • Discuss occurrence of hip injuries in professional baseball.
  • Discuss possible causes and treatment.

8:30 am “Thoracic Outlet syndrome in the Throwing Athletes”  Angela Cavanna DO, Consulting Physician for the Seattle Mariners


  • Be able to describe the anatomy of the thoracic outlet and define the types of thoracic outlet syndromes.
  • Recognize the clinical presentation of thoracic outlet in the throwing athlete.
  • Diagnose thoracic outlet syndrome and describe the treatment options available for athletes with thoracic outlet.

9:00 am “Recovery From Concussion: What Makes Baseball Different?” Anthony Alessi MD, Connecticut based neurologist in private practice specializing in general neurology, neuromuscular diseases, EMG and sports neurology.


  • Understand the complexities of concussive brain injuries
  • Identify obstacles to complete recovery for baseball players who have suffered concussions

9:30 am When Things Go Wrong with Sports Medicine Programs” Doug McKeag MD, Former Team Physician, Michigan State University, Former Chair of Family Practice at the University of Indiana


  • What happens when the ‘system’ falters?
  • Why does it happen?
  • What are the warning signs?
  • What is the best way to proactively prevent this?
  • Lessons from real life and present day

10:00 am “Rehabilitation of the Athlete with Tendinopathy – What Has Research Taught Us” Andrew Pipkin PT, DPT, SCS, Minor League Medical Coordinator, Cleveland Indians, Amanda Pipkin , PT, DPT, SCS – Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Arizona


4:00 pm       Super Bowl Party, Hosted by DJO Orthopedics, Jefferson Room, Families and Friends Invited



Monday, February 4th, 2019 AM  Scientific Presentations

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

7:05 am            HydroWorx

7:30 am            School Health

8:00 am            BrainScope

8:30 am            Exhibit Break

9:00 am            Kelvi

9:30 am            Medical Wave

10:00 am          OxyHealth

10:30 am          OsakaWellness

11:00 am          Morning session completed


 Workshop Presentation, Monday, February 4th, 2019,

12:00 – 1:30 pm “Use of Ankle Mobilization Techniques to Improve Function, Pain and Patient Outcomes” Alan Reid, MS ATC LAT and Ben Timson, PhD, ATC, LAT of Fort Worth, Texas

Abstract: Traditional treatment for acute ankle injuries has lately come into question clinically and academically. Early mobilization techniques have been shown to improve motion, patient outcomes while decreasing pain in the literature. This presentation will provide evidence and opportunities to practice manual skills for the treatment of ankle injuries.


  • Develop awareness of current research in acute ankle treatment
  • Recognize the benefits of early mobilization in the treatment of acute ankle injuries
  • Be able to demonstrate mobilization techniques both manual therapy and self-mobilization techniques.

3:00 pm Forte Elements

3:30 pm Multi Radiance

4:00 pm    Athletico

4:30 pm  “Hands on Approach to Vestibular Therapy for Athletes” Shelly Massingale MPT, Senior Director for Banner Concussion Services


  • Describe 4 evidence-based vestibular therapy evaluation tools to assess balance, static vision, dynamic vision and visual motion sensitivity.
  • Participants will be able to instruct basic treatment protocols that can be administered in the athletic training room

5:00 pm  Exhibit Break

5:15 pm “Sports Related Fatalities: A Forensic Pathology Perspective” Theodore T Brown MD, Professor of Pathology and Deputy Medical Examiner at the Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI


  • Describe “classic” postmortem examination findings in selected sports-related fatalities
  • Describe the physical examination findings and warning signs and symptoms that may present prior to selected sports-related fatalities
5:45 pm Sponsors Reception, Exhibit Hall, Jefferson Room, attendees are encouraged to attend.


Tuesday, February 5th, 2019, AM Sessions, Concussion Day

7:00 am  Opening remarks, Jeffrey Kutcher MD, Director, The Sports Neurology Clinic, Brighton, MI         

7:05 amThe Science Behind CDC’s New Pediatric mTBI Guidelines” Chris Giza MD,  Professor of Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery, Director, UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program


  • To understand the biology and clinical translation for pediatric mTBI
  • To implement evidence-based pediatric mTBI guidelines into everyday clinical practice

7:30 am “How Does Sex Affect the Brain in Injury and Health?” Meeryo Choe MD, Professor in the   Division of Child Neurology in the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital


  • To understand whether sex and gender are determinants of concussion incidence
  • To understand whether there are differences in outcome after concussion attributable to sex and/or gender

8:00 am “Is it all in Your Head? Assessment and Management of Prolonged Recovery After a Concussion” Doug Polster PhD, Faculty, Neuropsychology at the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program


  • To identify risk factors during the acute phase of injury recovery
  • To understand the overlap of prolonged concussion symptoms and psychosocial stress

8:30 am Exhibits

8:45 am  “All in the Family…History: The Role of Genetics in Managing Athlete Brain Health” Stephanie Alessi, MD, The Sports Neurology Clinic


  • Describe the role genotype plays in concussion presentation
  • Understand the complex nature of genetic determinants of brain health
  • Develop a strategy for estimating long-term brain health risk from chronic exposure to contact sports

9:30am “Providing the Best Possible Neurological Care with Limited Resources” Cara Baxter, DPT, The Sports Neurology Clinic


  • Understand the role of a comprehensive neurological evaluation in the provision of athlete brain health care
  • Develop and implement a technology-free baseline testing program
  • Know how and when to use telehealth modalities

10:00am “A New Clinical Profiles Screening Tool (CP-Screen) for Assessing Concussion” Anthony Kontos, PhD- Research Director UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program- University of Pittsburgh


  • Analyze evidence for a new clinical profiles screening inventory (CP-Screen) in healthy and concussed athletes
  • Compare scores on the new CP-Screen to other clinical outcomes following concussion

10:30am “Preliminary Evidence for the VOMS as a Sideline Tool following Concussion” R.J. Elbin, PhD- Director, Office of Sport Concussion Research- University of Arkansas


  • Synthesize the current research on the VOMS and other sideline assessments for concussion
  • Evaluate the utility of VOMS for the sideline assessment of concussion

11:00am Conclude morning session


Tuesday, February 5th, 2019, PM Sessions, Concussion Day

4:00 pm “Individualized Concussion Care: Moving Beyond Concussion Consensus and Protocol”- Michael “Micky” Collins, PhD- Executive and Clinical Director University of Pittsburg Medical Center, Sports Medicine Concussion Program


  • Critically analyze current consensus/standard of care approaches to concussion care.
  • Contrast evidence and parameters of current approaches to concussion care with evolving clinical profiles approaches.

 4:30 pm “Psychiatric Disorders and Concussion: A Primer for Athletic Trainers” Jamie Pardini PhD, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Banner University Medical Center


  • Distinguish between transient psychological symptoms and psychiatric disorders
  • Discuss basic characteristics of and risk factors for mental health disorders that may be seen in adolescent athletes who have experienced sport-related concussion
  • Describe the impact of mood symptoms on other aspects of life including daily function, cognition, and academics
  • Explore the relation between mood and injury recovery
  • Understand common treatments that athletes may be referred for when they have a mental health disorder

 5:00 pm           Exhibit Hall Break

 5:15 pm Poster Recognitions

5:45pm “Pharmacologic Approaches to Concussion and Post-Concussion Syndrome Symptom Management“ Tad Seifert, MD, Norton Healthcare


  • List common concussion symptoms that are treated with medicines
  • Understand the best timing for using medications in concussion management
  • Provide evidence for the use of specific supplements in concussion, post-concussion syndrome, and headache management
  • Describe strategies for pharmacologic intervention in post-concussion syndrome

6:15pm “Panel Discussion: Managing Athlete Brain Health from the Patient Perspective” Jeffrey Kutcher, MD- Global Director, The Sports Neurology Clinic


  • Discuss the differing perspectives between patient-focused and team-focused health care practices
  • Identify gaps in the currently accepted consensus approach to concussion care
  • Understand the importance of thinking beyond concussion

7:00 pm Conclusion of Tuesday programming


9:00 pm            Black Jack Tournament, Sponsored by OxyHealth

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019, AM Session, Ortho Day

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

7:05 am “ACL Reconstruction in the Youth Athlete”  Geoffrey S Baer MD, PhD, University of Wisconsin Team Physician

7:30 am “ACL Reconstruction in the Collegiate and Adult Athlete” David Diduch MD, University of Virginia

7:55 am “ACL rehabilitation – Taking the Athlete to the Next Level” Amanda Pipkin, PT, DPT, SCS – Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Arizona

8:20 am “Hip Arthroscopy – What is New and Improved” Brian Walczak DO, University of Wisconsin

8:45 am “OrthoBiologics” Matthew Sardelli, MD, Ortho Michigan

9:10 am “Cartilage injury – what biologic options do we have in 2018 and beyond” Leslie Goodavish PA, University of Wisconsin Sports Medicine

9:35 am “Nutritional considerations in sports” Siobhan Statuta MD, University of Virginia

10:00 am “Emerging Trends in Sports Medicine … Do You Employ Best Practices?” Rod Walters PhD, Rod Walters Consulting, Columbia, SC.


  • Describe the parameters for you setting
  • Chart the implementation of best practices specific to your institution

10:30 am End of morning session


11:00 am – 2:00 pm Workshop Presentation:

“Evidence for IV fluid administration and/or need for IV access of patients by athletic trainers in clinical setting”

Eric J. Fuchs, ATC, AEMT, Chair Department of Exercise and Sport Science, Eastern Kentucky University

Abstract Description of Presentation:

This presentation will present the Evidence for IV fluid administration and/or need for IV access of patients by athletic trainers in clinical setting. The presentation will review current evidence in the literature supporting initiation of IV fluid or access by athletic trainers. The presentation will discuss implementation of IV access in clinical setting including review of state practice act, development of protocols and proper handling of IV medications in the AT facility.

A review of equipment, supplies and types of IV fluids needed for initiation of IV access or fluid administration will be presented. The IV skills Lab, will provide hands on experience in establishing IV access using simulation arms for providers to become proficient at intravenous access. In the lab participants will also learn how to properly identify and select a vein for IV access. Participants will also be taught and provided opportunity for preparing an IV Bag and line for fluid administration or “Spiking a Bag” to learn how to set-up the IV fluid prior to administration.

This presentation is designed to teach the new CAATE 2020 Standard skills regarding IV fluid administration and IV Access are currently being taught in some CAATE Programs and will be taught as part of AT education  in all programs starting in 2020.  This provides and opportunity for AT’s up-skill there current clinical practice to the new standards.


  • Athletic Trainer’s will be able to identify injuries or illness which current evidence supports initiation of IV Fluids in Position Statements for AT.
  • Athletic Trainers’ will be able to identify common medical and traumatic injuries that the establishment of IV Access or IV Fluid Administration would improve patient morbidity or mortality rate
  • Athletic Trainers’ will be able to identify the required supplies & Equipment needed to start an IV on patients to be able to assist Physicians and other HCP in setting up IV Fluid bag for administration.
  • Athletic Trainers will be able to identify the required supplies & Equipment needed to be set-up for IV Access via a saline lock to assist physicians and other HCP in establishing IV access.
  • Athletic Trainer’s will be able to identify and understand the impact of state practice acts upon ability for AT’s to provide IV access on patients


Wednesday, February 6th, PM Session, Ortho Day

3:00 pm “Shoulder Instability in the Athlete – Where are we in 2018” Stephen Brockmeier MD, University of Virginia

3:25 pm “Rotator Cuff Tears and Biceps Pathology in the Athlete” Grant Jones MD, The Ohio State University

3:50 pm “Clavicle Fractures in the Athlete – When to Fix, Watch and Play” Chike Akoh MD, Sports Medicine Fellow, University of Wisconsin

4:15 pm “Finger tip to Elbow – Surgery, Bracing and Return to Play in the Elite Athlete” John Tueting MD, Rush Orthopedics and Michael Moll ATC, Head Athletic Trainer, University of Wisconsin

4:40 pm “Lower Extremity injury in the post-concussed athlete” Allison Brooks, MD, University of Wisconsin

5:05 pm “Ankle Arthroscopy and OCD Treatment – Where Are We in 2018” Mihir Patel MD, Ortho Indy,

5:30 pm “Spine injury in the Athlete” Joseph Weistroffer, MD, Western Michigan University School of Medicine

6:00 pm  End of Wednesday Programming


Thursday, February 7th, 2019

7:00 am  “The National Athletic Trainers’ Association Postion Statement on Head-First Contact in Football” Erik Swartz PhD ATC Chair and Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Kinesiology, Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Lowell


  • Attendees will be able to summarize evidence based recommendations for the health care provider, coach, player, parent, and broader community for reducing the prevalence of head-first contact in American football, with the aim of reducing the risk of head and neck injury.
  • Attendees will be able to develop strategies that can be employed for fostering a community-based approach for reduction of head-first contact behaviors.

7:30 am  “Implementing Clinical Outcomes Assessments in Collegiate Athletics” Michael Moll, ATC, Head Athletic Trainer, University of Wisconsin


  • The attendee will be able to compare models of patient clinical outcomes assessment and the role of patient outcomes in determining effective athletic training treatments and prevention programs as part of an evidence based athletic training practice.
  • The attendees will be able to provide practical applications of outcomes assessments and how they can be implemented into a collegiate athletic training setting.

8:00 am  “Interprofessional Collaboration on Campus: Return to Classroom Considerations for Concussed Student-Athletes” Thompson, AJ, Jacobs, ME.  And Mary Jacobs Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN.


  • Identify standard concussion progressions from rest to incremental activity following a concussion.
  • Apply return to play concussion protocols to the academic environment.
  • Appraise communication and interprofessional practice strategies of healthcare providers and institutional support personnel within an integrated concussion management plan.

8:30 am  “: Initial Outcomes for Osteochondral Allograft Transplantations in Elite Athletes at the Mizzou BioJoint Center” James Cook DVM, PhD, OTSC, William & Kathryn Allen Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery, Director, Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics & Mizzou BioJoint® Center Chief, Orthopaedic Research Division, University of Missouri


  • Report outcomes for elite athletes receiving large osteochondral allograft transplantations including function, return to sport, and failure rates
  • Discuss risk factors for success versus failure in elite athletes receiving large osteochondral allograft transplantations

9:00 am Dave Bernhart MD, University of Wisconsin Team Physician

9:30 am John Wilson MD, Team Physician University of Wisconsin