Raising the Game 2020: Maximizing Performance for Unique Athletes

Webinar Series // June 10-24 // 7:00–8:30pm EST

Female athlete running in sports stadium

Register today to get the latest strategies to maximize performance for unique athletes.

Get evidence-based best practices for providing head to toe care from the faculty of Columbia Sports Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian. This three part webinar series – June 10, 17, and 24 – will focus on athlete management, sports medicine hot topics, and unique athlete populations, including: masters athletes, adolescent athletes, and the pregnant athlete.

This course will be of interest to Team Physicians, Certified Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, Sports Medicine Physicians, Pediatricians, and Allied Health team members participating in the care of athletes.

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Agenda & Faculty

June 10 – Part I: Special Athletic Populations

Masters Athletes

Elan Goldwaser, DO

Pediatric Athletes: Early Sports Specialization

Charles Popkin, MD

The Female Athlete

Morgan Busko, MD

Keeping the Pregnant Athlete Healthy

Natasha Desai, MD

Rehab Considerations in the Hypermobile Athlete

Amanda Till, DPT

Panel Discussion

Moderator: David Kovacevic, MD

June 17 – Part II: Athlete Management

Athlete Advocacy

Frank Alexander, ATC

Current Concepts in Doping

Natasha Desai, MD

Medical Retirement Considerations

Thomas Bottiglieri, DO

Maintaining Performance Edge at Home


Special Considerations in Returning to Sport After COVID-19

Andrea Happli, ATC

Panel Discussion

Moderator: T. Sean Lynch, MD

June 24 – Part III: Sports Medicine Hot Topics

Atraumatic Rotator Cuff Repair vs Non-Operative Management

David Kovacevic, MD

Elbow Instability & the Evolution of Tommy John Surgery

Christopher Ahmad, MD

Understanding Athletic Pubalgia

T. Sean Lynch, MD

Understanding Cartilage Restoration Options

David P. Trofa, MD

New Rehab Techniques in ACL Repair/Reconstruction

Joseph Ciccone, DPT

Panel Discussion

Moderator: Lauren Redler, MD

Course Directors

Program Information

Course Description & Learning Objectives

Athletes are participating in sports in record numbers across the United States, and with this increase in participation there has been an increase in sports injuries. Taking optimal care of these injured athletes requires extensive knowledge and comfort in treating the unique athlete. This three part webinar series reviews and discusses treatment strategies to maximize outcomes and get athletes off the sidelines and back onto the field. Understanding the most up-to-date etiology, diagnosis, 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:

  • Understand common challenges for athletes (i.e weight gain, return to play/clearance)
  • Identify and Implement Operative and Non-operative treatment plans
  • Analyze and recognize the role of an Athletic Trainer in supporting the athlete
  • Understand Early Sports Specialization in the Pediatric Athlete
  • Identify and Recognize Possible Doping
  • Formulate Return to Sport Plan following COVID-19
  • Implement New ACL Repair/Reconstruction Rehab Techniques
  • Understand Cartilage Restoration Options

Accreditation Information

The Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physical Therapy Credit

The Columbia University Program in Physical Therapy is approved by the New York State Department of Education Office of the Professions as a sponsor of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. Participants seeking credit must complete a course evaluation  which will be distributed at the conclusion of this activity.

BOC Credit for Athletic Trainers

The Center for Shoulder Elbow and Sports Medicine is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. BOC Approved Provider Number: P8611. This program is eligible for a maximum of 3.00 Category A CEUs, ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

*** Please be advised ***

Credit hours will only be avaialble to those who attend all sessions of this three-part webinar series. Partial credit for attendance at one or two events cannot be offered.


Contact Us

If you have any questions about this upcoming webinar series, please reach out to our team via email: