The 17th annual Philadelphia Sports Medicine Congress will be held on Friday June 17 at the National Museum of American Jewish History in center city Philadelphia.  The event features lectures by nationally recognized experts in their respective fields focusing on leading edge topics in sports medicine. This course is directed primarily towards athletic trainers, physical therapists, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, and physicians caring for athletes.  The objective of the conference is to review critical issues faced by the sports medicine practitioner in the care of athletes, to provide the most recent advances in care to athletes at all levels of competition, and provide practical, interactive learning of evaluation and treatment techniques.  This year's program will include a wide variety of sports medicine topics from hip pain in athletes to future trends in meniscal repair.   The program consists of the following topics and presenters:

Garrison Draper MSc, CSCS Performance Director Philadelphia Union
Topic: GPS and Heart Rating Monitoring in Sports: Implications for Rehabilitation

Theodore Ganley MD Director, Sports Medicine and Performance Center Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Topic: Management of ACL Injuries in Athletes with Open Growth Plates

RobRoy Martin PhD, PT, CSCS Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy Duquesne University and Staff physical therapist, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Center for Sports Medicine
Topic: Conservative Management of Posterior Hip Pain in the Athlete

Todd McGrath MD Non-operative Sports Medicine Specialist 3B Orthopaedics at Aria
Topic: Injection Therapies in Sports Medicine

Nicholas Sgaglione MD Professor, Hofstra University North Shore-LIJ Medical School, Chair Department of Orthopaedic Surgery North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Topic: Current Concepts and Future Trends in Meniscal Repair

Stephen Thomas PhD, ATC Assistant Professor of Instruction in Kinesiology Temple University
Topic: Pathomechanics of the Throwing Shoulder

Bernie Parent Former Philadelphia Flyer and NHL hall of fame inductee
Keynote address

The idea of the Sports Congress was originally conceived as an educational program, based at Pennsylvania Hospital.  Because Joe Torg and Ted Quedenfeld were such influential icons in the field of sports medicine, it seemed natural to recognize their contributions.  It was also felt that it was important to make note of the historical aspects of the origins of "sports medicine" in the area and that is why we annually pay tribute to Joe and Ted.  The purpose of the Torg award as originally conceived was to recognize individual orthopedic surgeons in the greater Philadelphia area who devoted their careers to the care of athletes, who participated in the educational process, and who have made significant contributions to the body of knowledge of orthopedics.  These are the qualities that are embodied by Dr. Torg.  In similar fashion, as Ted Quedenfeld was responsible for teaching many if not most of the local athletic trainers at one time, and because he was a role model and one that was held in the highest regard by all of his peers and students, and because it was he who helped create the model of sports medicine with which we presently identify, we chose to honor Ted.  This year's Joe Torg award winner is Dr Michael Ciccotti of the Rothman Institute.  Michael Goldenberg MS, ATC of The Lawrenceville School is this year's Ted Quedenfeld award winner.

On behalf of Course Chairman Arthur Bartolozzi MD and the Course Committee, we are looking forward to another successful Philadelphia Sports Medicine Congress on Friday, June 17.  More information can be found at our website phillysmc.org.

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