Schedule


Pre-Conference Workshop: 2 CATA CEUs
Friday & Saturday General Session: 5 CATA CEUs

Thursday, May 5, 2022

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8:30am – 2:30pm

Pre-Conference Workshop

Registration Required – Breakfast & Lunch are included

Hands-on Workshop: Sport Event Massage for Allied Health Care Practitioners Jonathan Maister, BachSocSci, Dip SIM, Dip MT, CAT(C), RMT, Sp Fellow (CSMTA) Kristy Wiltshire, RMT, CSMTA(SF), BA Kin, CSIO C.A.S.T. Member

Sport Massage is a unique component of Massage Therapy. Performed correctly, its contribution to the athlete’s recovery and performance are invaluable. Massage, done incorrectly, is highly detrimental. This course, especially designed for parallel health care practitioners, serves to differentiate the two and provide the attendee with a solid introduction and assured competency and comfort with the fundamentals of Sport Massage in the game-day sporting environment. Pre, post and inter-event massage will be explored. It’s positive effect on the athlete cannot be understated yet is frequently underappreciated but those who are unfamiliar. Expect an energetic, enjoyable yet compelling hands-on workshop replete with invaluable information. It is a powerful manual tool to add to the sport medicine professional’s skill set and, as a sport medicine professional, this workshop will elevate your manual skills and assist your athlete’s performance and recovery.

Bios:

Jonathan is a Canadian Certified Athletic Therapist and Registered Massage Therapist with a further specialty in Sport Massage. In addition to private practice, he has taught at numerous educational institutions and is presently faculty at Centennial College in Toronto, Canada in their Massage Therapy program. His articles on Athletic Therapy, Sport Medicine and Massage have appeared in various Canadian journals. Jonathan’s unique and energetic presentations have been featured at conventions across Canada, in South Africa (University of the Western Cape) and the USA (EATA convention, 2019). He chairs the Education Committee of the Canadian Sport Massage Therapists Association.

Kristy, a B.A. (Hons) Kinesiology graduate, also obtained her RMT diploma from Okanagan Valley College (Vernon, BC). In addition to her Sport Fellow designation, Kristy is CSMTA Education Administrator and a Past CSMTA Provincial Chapter President. Kristy currently is in private practice as well as a contractor with the Canadian Sports Institute Ontario. Her extensive experience with all levels of athletes includes selection as the alternate massage therapist for Core Medical at the 2022 Winter Olympics as well as Host Medical at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games, Paralympics 2010, World Police and Fire Games, and she has served with core medical for the World University Games (FISU) and worked with Trinity Western University. Kristy’s further involvement includes the CSMTA Examining Committee, and she frequently instructs the Advanced Sport Massage as well as various other CSMTA related courses.

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4:00pm – 5:00pm

WFATT Townhall

All members of WFATT member associations and institutions are welcome to attend.

7:00pm – 9:00pm

Welcome Social

Network with Athletic Therapists from across Canada and around the world while enjoying a preview of the Exhibit Hall and delicious food and drink.

Friday, May 6, 2022

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8:00am – 8:15am

Welcome

Remarks from:
Brian Zeller – President of World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy
Tyler Quennell – President of Canadian Athletic Therapists Association
Nancy Ewachewski – President of Manitoba Athletic Therapists Association

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8:15am – 9:15am

Keynote Lecture

Live Your Best
Tim Hague Sr.

At 46 years old, you find your life turned upside down by three little words, ‘You have Parkinson’s.” How does one move beyond the debilitating diagnosis of a chronic disease to live life to the full? I have discovered three other words that, when taken together, have changed everything, ‘Live Your Best’! At the insistence of my wife, and two years after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, my son and I applied for, were accepted to and won season one of The Amazing Race Canada. How does one go from a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease to winning a gruelling, travel adventure, reality television show? You learn to Live Your Best.

When we come to understand that having the strength to simply do our best will always be enough, when we uncover the courage to be content with what our best produces and when we discover that perseverance is a skill that can be learned, we will experience more joy and success in life than we ever imagined. In this session, you will learn from a veteran speaker and TEDx presenter how to meet a challenging life event like a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and still succeed. Drawing on my 20+ years as a Registered Nurse and now 7+ years as a person with Parkinson’s we will discover together how to Live Your Best.

Bio:

Tim is a retired nurse of 20+ years who devotes his time to professional speaking, writing and as founder of the Parkinson’s wellness centre, U-Turn Parkinson’s. He is a cofounder of the global alliance The PD Avengers. He is a published author (Penguin Random House Canada) of the bestselling book Perseverance: The Seven Skills You Need to Survive, Thrive and Accomplish More Than You Ever Imagined. He has spoken for TEDx and is sought after across North America for his motivational and inspiring presentations. After having been diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease at the age of 46, Tim and his son went on to win the first season of the reality television series The Amazing Race Canada. He is an outspoken and effective advocate on behalf of people living with Parkinson’s around the world. To learn more about Tim’s work visit: www.TimSr.ca, www.UTurnParkinsons.org and www.pdavengers.com

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9:15am – 10:00am

Lecture: Therapist-Athlete Relationship and Kinesiophobia, Injury Recovery, Return to Play
Gabrielle Boulding, BSc., MSc., CAT(C).

This session will examine the therapist-athlete relationship, and its role in successful injury rehabilitation and return to sport. Gabrielle will share the fundamental components of an ideal interpersonal relationship, based on her research with therapist-athlete dyads post injury and return to sport.

The session will examine the key components of the working therapist-athlete relationship, the psychological and physical impacts on rehabilitation, and what this means to practitioners and therapists in their everyday work.

Bio:

Gabrielle is a Canadian Athletic Therapist from Toronto, Canada. She has a background in Human Kinetics and Brain & Cognition Psychology (University of Guelph, 2016), in addition to personal experience as an elite athlete - 18 years as an individual and team figure skater. Gabrielle graduated from Sheridan College in 2019 and earned her MSc. in Performance Psychology (University of Edinburgh) in 2020.

Gabrielle’s personal research focused on the therapist-athlete relationship, return to sport, and kinesiophobia. Her work has received recognition from CATA, earning her writing awards in 2019 and 2021. As a therapist she believes in integrating mental skills and psychology into athletic therapy treatment to ensure optimal return to sport/activity.

Gabrielle has worked with athletes from the high school to professional levels, in Canada and abroad – both as an AT and Mental Skills Consultant. She now works a combination of field and clinic work in the GTA.

10:00am – 10:15am

Break – Exhibit Hall

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10:15am – 11:15am – CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Session 1: Managing the Load: Optimal Strategies for In-Season Patellar Tendinopathy Care
Adam B. Rosen, PhD, ATC

Due to the lack of understanding on the pathophysiology of patellar tendinopathy treatments often fail to improve pain and dysfunction reported by these patients (Macdermid and Silbernagel, 2015). Clinicians often have to choose between modalities which manage symptoms versus tendon healing (Rosen et al., 2021). Interventions involving load management provide optimal care (Burcal et al., 2019; Malliaras et al. 2015). Pain monitoring models can be effective at in-season management of patients with patellar tendinopathy (Malliaras et al., 2015). Clinicians must understand appropriate interventions, timing and specific exercises to incorporate into patient management in order to provide effective treatment (Kongsgaard et al., 2009; Rio et al., 2019). Additionally, evidence-based clinical applications of load management programs involve a team-based approach with athletic trainers, strength and conditioning staff, coaching and the athletes (Macdermid and Silbernagel, 2015).

Bio:

Dr. Rosen is an Associate Professor in the School of Health and Kinesiology, Director of the Athletic Training Program, and co-directs the Omaha Sports Medicine Laboratory as well as the Biomechanics Pitching Lab. He earned a BS in Athletic Training and MS in Exercise Science from the University of Delaware. He received his PhD in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Biomechanics and Athletic Training from the University of Georgia. Prior to his doctorate, he worked clinically at the University of Delaware and as an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Pennsylvania with primary responsibilities of baseball and men’s soccer. His research interests include lower extremity biomechanics and evidence-based sports medicine practices, specifically regarding chronic ankle instability and patellar tendinopathy. He has published extensively in these areas and presents frequently (prior to the COVID-19 pandemic) at national and international conferences.

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Session 2: Aerobic Exercise Recovery Following a Sports-Related Concussion
Phil Fait, PhD, CAT(C), ATC

Acute concussion and persistent post-concussive symptoms are complex and sometimes difficult conditions for health care professionals to manage. In this session, the use of various therapeutic means will be discussed, including active rehabilitation. Some myths about concussion will be debunked. The role of the interdisciplinary team will be addressed by identifying how everyone can play an active role in the identification and management of concussion.

Bio:

Dr. Fait is trained in Athletic Therapy at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) and holds a PhD in Physical Rehabilitation from Laval University (Quebec City, Canada). He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Public Health at the Quebec National Institute of Public Health. Dr. Fait is currently a full professor and director of the Athletic Therapy Program at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières (Canada). His research focuses on residual functional alterations in concussed patients, on active rehabilitation and on the neuroplasticity of the human brain. Dr. Fait is the co-founder and current Scientific Director of the Cortex Clinic (Quebec City, Canada), which specializes in the management of concussion. He is the founder of the Pier-Yves Bouchard Foundation, whose mission is to help people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury in sports. Dr Fait has also been a guest speaker at the prestigious TED organization, speaking about cerebral neuroplasticity during his performance at the TEDx Quebec edition.

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11:15am – 12:15pm – CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Session 1: Interactive Workshop: Cupping with Movement
Paul Kohlmeier, BPE, RMT, R.Ac.

This session is about combining cupping therapy with movement therapies. Both cupping and movement therapies are used in training rooms and clinics daily, but they are rarely used together. This presentation sets forth a framework so you can integrate cupping with movement to obtain better outcomes for your clients.

Bio:

Paul is a Massage therapist and Practitioner of Chinese Medicine from Winnipeg, Canada. A clinician first, he is also a self-professed research nerd. He likes to read research articles and is keen to add evidence and supporting ideas into his courses. As well as running a busy mobile massage therapy and acupuncture practice, he is an owner of supply and education company Cupping Canada.

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Session 2: Lecture: Concussion Recovery: Challenges & Consequences of Incomplete Recovery
Thomas A. Buckley, Ed.D., ATC
Jessie Oldham, Ph.D
Jacob E. Resch, Ph.D. ATC

Concussions are a common athletic injury with a heterogeneous presentation and the determination of clinical as well as physiological recovery remains an ongoing challenge. This presentation will highlight the challenges in the accurate determination of concussion recovery and the consequences on incomplete recovery. Dr. Resch will present current concussion clinical measures while highlighting their limitations in determining recovery and present emerging clinically feasible assessment techniques that may improve upon current diagnostic measures. Dr. Buckley will present on the elevated risk of post-concussion musculoskeletal injury and will provide evidence and rationale for why premature RTP, prior to neurophysiological recovery, may elevate the odds of subsequent injury. Dr. Oldham will conclude the session with a discussion on the role of a cervicogenic screen for clinicians to help identify individuals who may be at an elevated risk of prolonged recovery and discuss the effectiveness of a cervicogenic rehabilitation protocol to facilitate concussion recovery.

Bio:

Dr. Jacob Resch is an associate professor within Department of Kinesiology at the University of Virginia where he conducts research on current and novel clinical measures of concussion and teaches within the graduate Athletic Training and Sports Medicine programs. Dr. Resch is also a member of the executive steering committee of the University of Virginia‘s Brain Injury and Sport Concussion Institute. Dr. Resch has published his research in a variety of journals and has presented his findings at national and international meetings. Dr. Resch has also achieved external funding from the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, the Department of Defense, as well as industry contracts. Dr. Resch also serves as the Marketing Committee Chair for the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy.

Dr. Jessie Oldham is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Dr. Oldham has a dual Bachelor of Science in Biological Science and Nutrition Science from North Carolina State University, a Master of Science in Kinesiology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a Doctorate in Applied Physiology from the University of Delaware. She completed her post-doctoral work at Boston Children’s Hospital and The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention. The overarching goal of Dr. Oldham’s research is to investigate the underpinnings of the concussion and subsequent musculoskeletal injury relationship through the evaluation of postural control and other physiological measures. Dr. Oldham has received funding for her research through the Thrasher Research Fund and the Child Health Research Institute at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond.

Dr. Buckley is an Associate Professor of Athletic Training in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at the University of Delaware where he conducts Concussion related research and co-directs the University’s involvement in the NCAA/DoD Grand Alliance CARE consortium. Dr. Buckley has a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Springfield College, a Master of Science in Athletic Training from Indiana State University, and a Doctorate in Applied Physiology from Columbia University Teachers College. Dr. Buckley has over 130 peer reviewed publications and been awarded nearly 3 million dollars in research funding from the NIH, DoD, other military and federal agencies, state agencies, and industry contracts.

12:15PM – 2:00pm

Break for Exhibit Hall & Lunch Service

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2:00pm – 4:00pm – CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Research Podium Presentations & Poster Presentations

 

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Interactive Workshop: Compression Band Flossing
Iain Kemp, MPT, B.Kin.

This course introduces the concept of skin/fascial/nerve gliding to help reduce tissue swelling, improve movement and modulate pain with the use of ‘compression band floss.’ This course will cover the anatomy, physiology and neurology of the effects of compression band flossing on connective tissue gliding, tissue traction and tissue compression. Interventions with compression band floss (including direction and pressure concepts) will be reviewed and integrated into current rehabilitative concepts. This course is intended for practitioners and therapists with a basic understanding of soft tissue techniques.

Bio:

Iain is a Physical Therapist from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He graduated in 2009, receiving a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Manitoba, and would go on to practice as a CSEP Certified Personal Trainer for 8 years. His penchant for movement and personal struggles with injury led him back to the University to complete a Masters in PT in 2013.

Iain works with a multi-disciplinary team of trainers and therapists in Winnipeg’s Exchange District, where he enjoys working with people of all walks of life and prefers people see him as more of a coach than a therapist. His methods focus on assessment, education, movement and exercise. He approaches his assessment and treatment with a variety of educational and theoretical perspectives. His sole purpose is to change the face of PT in his city by creating an atmosphere conducive to inter-professional collaboration, patient education and empowerment.

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Reception: Cocktail Hour

7:00pm

CATA Annual Awards Dinner

Saturday, May 7, 2022

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8:00am – 9:00am

Keynote Lecture

The Road to Recovery: Perspectives from the Field
Sue Falsone, PT, DPT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS*D, COMT, RYT

It is well accepted that recovery is a concept that is vital to the overall health of our patients. Whether we are speaking of an elite or amateur athlete, or someone recuperating from surgery, recovery is often discussed, planned and programmed for. But what about recovery as it relates to us as athletic therapists? How much do we prioritize our own recovery as professionals and individuals, to not only maximize what we can offer our patients, but maximize our own quality life? In this session, Sue will discuss recovery not only as it relates globally to patient care, but also to ourselves as clinicians.

Bio:

Sue Falson is the owner and founder of Structure and Function Education as well as the owner of Falsone Consulting. She is currently an Associate Professor in Athletic Training Programs at Arizona School of Health Sciences and A.T. Still University. She is also the author of Bridging the Gap from Rehab to Performance and a Nike Performance Council Member.

Previously, she has served in multiple roles including Head of Athletic Training and Sports Performance for the US Soccer Men’s National Team, Head Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Vice President of Performance Physical Therapy and Team Sports at Athletes’ Performance (now EXOS).

Sue holds a Master of Science in Human Movement with a concentration in Sports Medicine from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Daemen College. She is a Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy through the APTA, Certified Athletic Trainer through the BOC, Certified Strength and Condi2oning Specialist through the NSCA, and Certified Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist in the Spine through the IAOM-US.

9:00am – 10:00am

Lecture: Trauma-Informed Care in Athletic Therapy
Rebecca Swan, M.R.Sc., CAT(C), CSCS, TSAC-F

Athletic Therapists and the individuals that they work with can be exposed to trauma events on the field or in life in general. Although it is not in our scope of practice to assess or treat someone who is dealing with trauma, there are steps that we can take to support those who may be processing a recent traumatic exposure or are managing a history of trauma.

The presentation will teach participants about being trauma-informed, how trauma can occur, signs that someone may be dealing with trauma and steps they can take towards a trauma-informed approach to care.

The presenter will share steps she takes when working with a population that is regularly exposed to traumatic events and resources for participants who are looking to further their understanding in taking a trauma-informed approach in their practice.

Bio:

Rebecca Swan is an Athletic Therapist with the Vancouver Police Department. She leads the Physical Health & Performance Team which provides on-site rehabilitation, physical conditioning/testing and various wellness initiatives. In 2019 her team joined the Peer Support and Critical Incident Stress Management teams to become the Employee Wellness Unit; together they work towards bridging the gap between the VPD physical and mental health services. In 2021, Becky, became a Trauma Resiliency peer trainer, assisting in educating VPD members on trauma and how to support each other. This led her to growing her knowledge on taking a trauma-informed approach to caring for her police officers.

Externally she supports the growth and development of police officer wellness resources by speaking at various conferences internationally and creating Blueline Vitality. Her goal is to spread awareness on officer wellness and to connect wellness professionals, officers and police agencies to support future growth and collaboration.

10:00am – 10:15am

Break – Exhibit Hall

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10:15am – 11:45am – CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Session 1: Interactive Workshop: Optimizing Exercise Interventions in Patellofemoral Pain
David M. Bazett-Jones, PhD, AT, ATC, CSCS
Neal Glaviano, PhD, AT, ATC

Patellofemoral pain (PFP) is one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints with up to 25% of the population experiencing PFP at some time in their life. In addition to physical functioning, PFP negatively impacts patients’ quality of life, physical activity levels, and mental well-being. In the long-term, PFP has been proposed to be a precursor for patellofemoral osteoarthritis later in life, further emphasizing the need for addressing this issue early through adequate rehabilitation. Since quadriceps and gluteal muscle weakness is common in those with PFP, the consensus is that performing strengthening of these muscles is the best intervention. However, the long-term outcomes in muscle strengthening in PFP has led to poor results, with 50-80% of patients experiencing the return of notable symptoms of increased pain and diminished function. To help close this gap of unsuccessful outcomes, clinicians must ensure that they are targeting the correct muscles, loading those muscles most effectively, and providing the best instructions and feedback, all in an effort optimize exercise interventions. By optimizing exercise interventions, clinicians can improve patient experiences and long-term outcomes.

Bio:

Dr. Bazett-Jones is an Associate Professor, Director of the Post-Professional Athletic Training Program, and Co-Director of the Motion Analysis & Integrative Neurophysiology Laboratory at The University of Toledo. Dr. Bazett-Jones completed his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from the University of Wisconsin-La Cross, his master’s degree in Biomechanics from Ball State University, and his PhD in Biomechanics and Motor Control from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Bazett-Jones worked as an athletic trainer in high school, collegiate, and professional settings. His research interests include the etiology and biomechanics of patellofemoral pain, adolescent running biomechanics and injury and measurement of lumbopelvic-hip complex function.

Dr. Glaviano is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Glaviano completed his undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from the University of Connecticut in 2007. He attended the University of Virginia for graduate school, earning a M.Ed. in Athletic Training in 2008 and a Ph.D. in Sports Medicine in 2016. Dr. Glaviano worked clinically in a private physical therapy clinic and outreach to high schools in both Connecticut and Virginia. His research interests include the evaluation and treatment of patellofemoral pain, optimizing lumbopelvic-hip complex function and the use of electrical stimulation to optimize muscle function following injury.

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Session 2: Interactive Workshop: IASTM Redefined: Basic, gentle, soft tissue techniques for your patient care
Iain Kemp, MPT, B.Kin
Note: Will end at 12:15pm

The concept of movement therapy and performance enhancement via Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) will be introduced. The tools may be hard edged, but the techniques don’t need to be aggressive to deliver superior patient outcomes. A review of dysfunctional movement screening patterns and the utilization of soft tissue tools to improve patient outcomes is covered along with a review of anatomy, physiology and neurology of myofascial soft tissue work. IASTM intervention strategies will be combined with kinesiology taping to deliver a comprehensive approach to patient care.

This hands-on, workshop environment is intended for practitioners and therapists with all levels of experience with soft tissue techniques.

Bio:

Iain is a Physical Therapist from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He graduated in 2009, receiving a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Manitoba, and would go on to practice as a CSEP Certified Personal Trainer for 8 years. His penchant for movement and personal struggles with injury led him back to the University to complete a Masters in PT in 2013.

Iain works with a multi-disciplinary team of trainers and therapists in Winnipeg’s Exchange District, where he enjoys working with people of all walks of life and prefers people see him as more of a coach than a therapist. His methods focus on assessment, education, movement and exercise. He approaches his assessment and treatment with a variety of educational and theoretical perspectives. His sole purpose is to change the face of PT in his city by creating an atmosphere conducive to inter-professional collaboration, patient education and empowerment.

12:15pm – 1:15pm

Break for Exhibit Hall & Lunch Service

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1:15pm – 2:00pm

Lecture: Musculoskeletal Diagnostic Ultrasound in Sports Medicine
Stavros Daoukas, MSc, AT, GSR, PGCert US

Ultrasonography is a safe and non-invasive imaging modality that is gaining popularity in Sports Medicine, as advances in technology have significantly improved the ability of diagnostic ultrasound to depict both normal anatomy and pathology in musculoskeletal tissues. When properly used, musculoskeletal ultrasound can increase the accuracy of diagnosis and treatment, improve time to treatment intervention, and improve patient satisfaction. The purpose of this lecture is to review the fundamentals of musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound, discuss the role of ultrasound in sports medicine, highlight the diagnostic indications, uses and limitations, as well as present the basic principles of ultrasound imaging interpretation.

Bio:

Stavros is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy and Sport Rehabilitation in the Institute of Health and Social Care at London South Bank University, in the UK. He teaches across the BSc (Hons) and MSc Physiotherapy, Sport Rehabilitation, and Chiropractic courses. He has completed a Masters in Sport Rehabilitation and a PGCert in Musculoskeletal Diagnostic Ultrasonography. Alongside academia, he works as Band 7 MSK Sonographer in the Radiology Department at Queen’s Hospital NHS Trust. He is the President of the Greek Association of Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation; Committee Member in the Research and Education Committee of the World Federation of Athletic Training and Therapy (WFATT); Scientific Director on Diagnostic MSK Ultrasound course at the Euro-Mediterranean Institute for Quality and Safety in Health Services (EIQSH); and he serves as Deputy Editor at Ultrasound Journal of the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS).

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2:00pm – 3:00pm

Lecture: Treating Sick Muscles After ACL Injury: Translating the Science into the Clinic
Lindsey K. Lepley, PhD, ATC

Atrophy that occurs after ACL injury continues despite being actively engaged in exercise. Recognizing the multitude of factors and cascade of events that are present and negatively influencing the regulation of muscle mass after ACL injury will likely enable clinicians to design more effective interventions. This session will present the mechanisms by which muscle mass is lost after ACL injury and evidence in support of alternative exercise interventions to optimize muscle recovery after injury.

Bio:

Dr. Lindsey Lepley is an Assistant Professor, and the director of the Comparative Orthopaedic Research Lab in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan. She also co-directs the Orthopedic Rehabilitation Biomechanics Lab. Dr. Lepley received her bachelor’s in sciences from Grand Valley State University, and then a master’s in education degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia. In 2014, Lindsey completed her doctoral studies at the University of Michigan and then subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Kentucky. From 2015-2019, Dr. Lepley held an Assistant Professor Position at the University of Connecticut. In 2019 Dr Lepley transitioned back to the University of Michigan to establish a research environment with strong backing to investigate evidence-based treatment options for those that suffer from ACL injury.

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3:00pm – 4:00pm

Lecture: Measuring Clinical Recovery after Sport-Related Concussion: An International Perspective
Samuel R. Walton, PhD, ATC
Landon B. Lempke, PhD, ATC

Clinicians who evaluate sport-related concussion (SRC) are responsible for determining safe return to sport participation. While a multi-domain clinical assessment (i.e., symptoms, balance, neurocognition) is recommended by international consensus and discipline-specific practice guidelines around the world, there are challenges with implementing them and determining SRC recovery using clinical and physiologic measures. In this session, we will present our data on current SRC assessment and management healthcare practices of United States athletic trainers and Canadian and Irish athletic therapists in relation to international consensus. This session will describe prevalent strengths and gaps and present strategies to mitigate these gaps. Discussing the pros and cons of various assessment methods will help attendees critically appraise their own SRC management practices and better understand SRC recovery. Finally, we will present evidence for clinical interventions that may reduce prolonged SRC recovery and address patient and clinician concerns for short- and long-term health consequences following SRC.

Bio:

Sam Walton is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes and Matthew Feller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sam earned his BS in Athletic Training from the University of Southern Maine in 2008, his MEd in Athletic Training from the University of Virginia in 2013, and his PhD with a concentration in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia in 2019. Additionally, he has over a decade of clinical experience working with student-athletes. His primary research interests are: 1) the physiologic and psychosocial consequences of sport-related concussion; 2) the application of advanced neuroimaging (e.g., MRI and PET) to the understanding of brain injury; 3) long-term health and well-being of former athletes; and 4) the study of brain health-promoting behaviors.

Landon Lempke is a post-doctoral research fellow at Boston Children's Hospital and the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention. He completed his BS in athletic training at Illinois State University in 2016, MEd in kinesiology at the University of Virginia in 2017, and PhD in exercise science at the University of Georgia in 2021. While completing his education, he has also practiced clinically as an athletic trainer for over 5 years. His research interests are in 1) reaction time and human movement following concussion, 2) neurophysiologic factors predisposing individuals to musculoskeletal injury after concussion, and 3) healthcare practices surrounding concussion assessment and management.

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4:00pm – 5:00pm – CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Interactive Workshop: Developing a Personalized Strength Training Program to Improve Recovery After ACL Injury
Lindsey K. Lepley, PhD, ATC

Currently, there is no consensus on exercise prescription following ACL reconstruction and patients often return to activity with levels of strength that are well below clinical standards. This session will provide therapists with a clinical means to test patient muscle function after injury so that they can develop personalized recovery programs that target the greatest deficits.

Bio:

Dr. Lindsey Lepley is an Assistant Professor, and the director of the Comparative Orthopaedic Research Lab in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan. She also co-directs the Orthopedic Rehabilitation Biomechanics Lab. Dr. Lepley received her Bachelor in Sciences from Grand Valley State University, and then a Master in Education degree in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia. In 2014, Lindsey completed her doctoral studies at the University of Michigan and then subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Kentucky. From 2015-2019, Dr. Lepley held an Assistant Professor Position at the University of Connecticut. In 2019 Dr Lepley transitioned back to the University of Michigan to establish a research environment with strong backing to investigate evidence-based treatment options for those that suffer from ACL injury.

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Interactive Workshop: Optimizing Your Concussion Assessment and Management Practices: Evidence-Based Strategies for Evaluating Whole-Person Health & Wellbeing
Samuel R. Walton, PhD, ATC
Landon B. Lempke, PhD, ATC

Selecting appropriate concussion assessment and management strategies is difficult given the abundance of available assessment tools, variable resources across clinical settings, and unique combinations of clinical impairments in patients with concussion. This forum will engage attendees in an interactive discussion regarding available clinical tools, their strengths and weaknesses, and strategies to measure whole-person health and wellbeing. This forum will also highlight prevalent gaps relative to best evidence (e.g., psychosocial assessment and referral). Discussing the pros and cons of various assessment methods across attendees’ specific clinical settings will help attendees critically appraise their own concussion management practices and implement evidence-based changes.

Bio:

Sam Walton is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes and Matthew Feller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sam earned his BS in Athletic Training from the University of Southern Maine in 2008, his MEd in Athletic Training from the University of Virginia in 2013, and his PhD with a concentration in Sports Medicine from the University of Virginia in 2019. Additionally, he has over a decade of clinical experience working with student-athletes. His primary research interests are: 1) the physiologic and psychosocial consequences of sport-related concussion; 2) the application of advanced neuroimaging (e.g., MRI and PET) to the understanding of brain injury; 3) long-term health and well-being of former athletes; and 4) the study of brain health-promoting behaviors.

Landon Lempke is a post-doctoral research fellow at Boston Children's Hospital and the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention. He completed his BS in athletic training at Illinois State University in 2016, MEd in kinesiology at the University of Virginia in 2017, and PhD in exercise science at the University of Georgia in 2021. While completing his education, he has also practiced clinically as an athletic trainer for over 5 years. His research interests are in 1) reaction time and human movement following concussion, 2) neurophysiologic factors predisposing individuals to musculoskeletal injury after concussion, and 3) healthcare practices surrounding concussion assessment and management.