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Game Changers in Sports Medicine Conference

Join WellSpan Sports Medicine experts to discuss the relationship between depression and concussion in athletes. Topics will focus around the research, definition and treatment of concussions, while also presenting perspectives from a neurologist, neuropsychologist and a student athlete living with concussion and depression.

Date: Friday, March 3, 11 a.m. – 4 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 17.

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Keynote: Dr. Eugene Hong

Head Team Physician, Drexel University and Philadelphia University

Board certified in family medicine with an added qualification in sports medicine, Dr. Eugene Hong is currently the head team physician at both Drexel University and Philadelphia University. In addition, he has also served on the physician team for Saint Joseph’s University, the U.S. U19 Women’s National Lacrosse Team, and the U.S. U19 Men’s National Lacrosse Team.

Before his career, Dr. Hong completed a fellowship in Community Medicine at the University of Massachusetts, followed by a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University.

Dr. Hong has been named “Top Doctor” by Philadelphia magazine, and has given numerous presentations surrounding concussions and depression in athletes. He has been published in the distinguished British Journal of Sports Medicine for his work in this field, which he will expand upon at this event.

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Depression & The Concussed Athlete: A Neuropsychiatric Perspective
Ellen Deibert, MD, WellSpan Neurosciences
Participants will discuss the prevalence of depression in concussed athletes and obtain a basic understanding of the medications used to treat these patients.

Depression in Concussed Athletes: Research, Barriers, and Management
Lindsey McGuire, PhD, LAT, ATC, West Chester University
Discuss literature regarding concussion and depression in sports and the relationship between the two. Participants will learn barriers to measuring depression in athletes suffering from concussion, as well as psychosocial-focused management strategies of concussion.

Personal Testimony
Megan Baker, Student at Alvernia University
Megan will share her personal story regarding her struggle with depression after receiving multiple concussions as an athlete.

Blood Deficiencies: Anemia, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D Deficiencies in Athletes
Daniel Efiom-Ekaha, MD, Cancer Care Associates of York
Illustrate and outline the diagnosis, symptoms and management of anemia in athletes. In addition, Dr. Efiom-Ekaha will highlight evaluation and management of vitamins B12 and D deficiencies.

When Your Energy is Not Balanced: Sports Nutrition & Weight Management Challenges
Julie Stefanski, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Leg Up Farm
How far will a car travel when out of gas? In the same turn, how does an athlete perform their best when chronically under fueled? Helping athletes balance daily food intake against their energy output is a vital key to enhancing both performance, recovery and overall health.

Vocal Cord Dysfunction and Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction (EIB)
Ryan Wennell, DO, WellSpan Sports Medicine
Address the diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of EIB and vocal cord dysfunction. In addition, Dr. Wennell will lead a discussion on how the vocal cord dysfunction and EIB are often confused, and the differences between them.

Identification and Treatment of Inefficient Breathing Patterns in the Athlete with Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD)
Brenda Albright, Speech-Language Pathologist, WellSpan Surgery and Rehab Hospital; Deanna Chambers, Athletic Trainer, WellSpan Sports Medicine; Dianne Hollinger, Speech Pathologist, WellSpan Rehabilitation
Participants will gain general knowledge regarding the basic anatomical and physiological findings which occur with VCD as seen during videolaryngoscopy and clinical assessment, general treatment strategies to encourage efficient breathing patterns, and appropriate referrals for athletes in whom VCD is suspected.

*Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDE has disclosed a relationship with Functional Formularies. Following discussion with her, and content/product review, there is no relevant conflict of interest related to this disclosure. All other members of the planning committee and faculty for this session have reported no disclosures.

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 3.75 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 3.75 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: 11 – 11:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Keynote: 12:15 – 1 p.m.

Lectures: 1 – 4 p.m.


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

Questions? Contact Stephanie Bigelow at (717) 812-4452 or for more information.

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This search will provide you with WellSpan Medical Group and Northern Lancaster County (Ephrata) Medical Group primary care physicians and specialists. If we don’t have a WellSpan Medical Group physician to meet your criteria, the search will expand to include community physicians who partner with WellSpan Medical Group physicians through the WellSpan Provider Network or provide care to patients on the Medical Staffs of WellSpan’s Hospitals.


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