Recreational and organized sports participation is continually on the rise. Our goal is to return athletes to a healthy and competitive level as quickly and safely as possible, and to teach practicing clinical teams the most modern methods to do so. This course will serve to highlight important topics in sports medicine that are encountered daily by Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, and Primary Care Sports Medicine providers.
The management of athletic injuries is under constant debate, often needing to decide between conservative and surgical intervention. Good judgment of the sports provider is vital as management decisions are usually tailored to the individual athlete. Optimal management of these injuries is essential to an athlete’s career. Understanding the etiology, diagnosis, and surgical and non-surgical modalities are the key elements of a successful treatment plan.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be better able to:
– Appropriately identify injuries in unique athletic populations and injuries in real life scenarios
– Diagnose, treat, and make return to play decisions
– Differentiate between operative repair and non-operative solutions to athletic injuries such as Rotator Cuff tears, Athletic Pubalgia, and Meniscal tears
– Recognize when to consider certain Concussion identification and rehabilitation techniques
– Describe up to date methodologies for creating a care team that most effectively manages the athlete population and expectations
– Discuss the evidence for newer techniques in treating the female athlete