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Game Changers in Sports Medicine Conference

Join WellSpan Sports Medicine experts to focus on the guidelines of the most recent National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) position statement regarding removal of protective gear of unconscious or possibly spinal-injured athletes.

Date: Friday, March 4, 12-4:30 p.m.

Location: Heritage Hills Conference Center, Terrace Room, 2700 Mount Rose Avenue, York, PA 17402

Cost:  FREE. Registration for this conference is required by February 19, 2016.

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Keynote: Haley Scott DeMaria

1995 University of Notre Dame Graduate, Swimming Champion & Inspirational Speaker

In 1992, Haley Scott DeMaria was a freshman member of the Notre Dame women’s swim team when the bus carrying the team home from a meet overturned in a snow storm. The fatal accident left Haley paralyzed from the waist down. After two emergency surgeries, Haley was told she would never walk again.

That was not acceptable to this athlete. Days later, Haley began to wiggle her toes. Over the next several months, Haley endured hours of exhausting physical therapy, painful setbacks and three additional life-threatening surgeries. In October 1993, Haley returned to Notre Dame’s swim team winning her first race back.

Haley has received several national awards as a result of her inspiring recovery. She has also published What Though the Odds – Haley Scott’s Journey of Faith and Triumph, which is currently being adapted to a major motion picture.

Haley Scott Demaria



Advances in Spine Trauma
Grant Sorkin, MD, WellSpan Neurosurgery

Discuss presentations of spine trauma at cervical vs. thoracic vs. lumbar levels
as well as acute medical and surgical management of spinal cord injury. Case
examples will be presented.

 Rehabilitation After Spinal Cord Injury
David Weaver, PT, DPT & Katherine Burkett, MS, OTR/L, WellSpan Rehabilitation

Review the continuum of care for an individual with spinal cord injury. Discuss how traditional rehabilitation strategies are modified to meet the individual needs and goals of an athlete with a spinal cord injury.

 Review of Guidelines
Julie Emrhein, MS Ed, LAT, ATC, WellSpan Rehabilitation

Learn the cervical spine protocols from both NATA and the Pennsylvania
Emergency Health Services Council.

Teaching of New Guidelines
Joe Koncewicz, LAT, ATC, WellSpan Rehabilitation

From assessment to equipment removal, learn the guidelines for spinal cord injuries.

Controversy of Transport Guidelines: Pros & Cons

PROS: Matthew Silvis, MD, Penn State Hershey Medical Center & Alexander Zettlemoyer, MS, LAT, ATC, CES, Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School Head Athletic Trainer

CONS: Mark Lavallee, MD, WellSpan Sports Medicine & Michael Cantele, MS Ed, Gettysburg College Head Athletic Trainer

Hear the arguments from physician and athletic trainer perspectives, and engage the panel in questions pertaining to the new NATA guidelines. Recognize the importance of developing an emergency action plan and practicing prior to the start of a sports season.

Physician CME & Athletic Trainer CEU Approved

Physician CME:
“WellSpan Health is accredited by the Pennsylvania Medical Society to provide continuing Medical Education for physicians. WellSpan Health takes responsibility for content, quality and scientific integrity of its CME activity.”

“WellSpan Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.”

“All faculty participating in continuing medical education programs sponsored by WellSpan Health are expected to disclose to the program audience whether they do or do not have any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest or other relationships related to the content of their presentation(s).”

“If you wish to attend this CME activity and have a disability which may require special accommodations, please contact the Department of Orthopedics at (717) 812-4452. Thank you.”

Athletic Trainer CEU:
“WellSpan Orthopedics is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. This program has been approved for a maximum of 2.5 hours of Category A continuing education. Certified Athletic Trainers are responsible for claiming only those hours actually spent participating in the continuing education activity.”

Conference Program:

Registration & Lunch: 12 – 1 p.m.

Keynote: 1 – 1:30 p.m.

Lectures: 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Panel Discussion: 4 – 4:30 p.m. 

Location: Heritage Hills Conference Center, Terrace Room, 2700 Mount Rose Avenue, York, PA 17402

Questions? Contact Desiree Hake at (717) 812-4452 or dhake2@wellspan.org for more information.

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