Emory Sports Medicine Symposium 2015



In merely the primary and secondary school age population, 4.3 million Americans suffer from sports related injuries annually, with 1.9 million of these classified as serious injuries. When considering the ever expanding opportunities for sports participation in athletes of all ages, it becomes clear that sports injuries are a major source of disability and dysfunction in the United States.

Sports Medicine physicians, athletic trainers, and physical therapists remain the “front line” providers in the diagnosis and management of sports injuries in the United States. Recent statistics reveal approximately 30,000 athletic trainers provide services to athletes nationally. Physical therapists comprise a group five times larger; many of whom also treat sports injuries. Given the large number of sports injuries reported annually, coupled with the broad spectrum of clinical specialists called on to treat these injuries, there is a clear need to bridge the knowledge and performance gap in sports medicine clinicians.

The 2015 Emory Sports Medicine Symposium is a comprehensive program that strives to bridge the gap between science and practice. A multidisciplinary faculty of surgeons, physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and allied sports-health specialists will reach a diverse target audience of health care professionals through a far-reaching and coordinated educational effort. Individual practitioners and healthcare teams will enhance their knowledge, but most importantly, will be able to adopt practical strategies for improved interventions and optimal patient care and outcomes.


This symposium provides the most up to date information for professionals interested in the diagnosis and management of shoulder, knee, ankle, foot, and spine injuries. A special concussion “mini-symposium” is also included. The most current concepts will be presented in various methods: didactic sessions, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and personal interaction with the faculty.

At the conclusion of this program, attendees should be able to:

  • Have an increased knowledge of sports surgical procedures and how best to optimize patient outcomes and return to sport 
  • Explain how modalities and physical therapy improve patient outcomes
  • Demonstrate evaluation techniques as they relate to the unique mechanism of injury that athletes sustain
  • Identify and diagnose common shoulder injuries in athletes - muscle and tendon injury, ligament and labral tears, and instability
  • Perform focused history and physical exam on the shoulder and knee
  • Explain how athletes can reduce their risk of ACL injuries
  • Evaluate and formulate treatment plans and provide rehabilitation for various injuries and conditions inherent with shoulder and knee injuries
  • Identify the most common tests and treatments commonly used in patients who have meniscus tears, chondral damage, and other knee injuries
  • Evaluate and treat groin and hamstring injuries in the athlete
  • Explain the pathophysiology and treatment of spinal pain in the athlete
  • Apply new concepts in the management of concussions
  • Identify causes of pelvic pain and its treatment in the athletic patient
  • Apply nutrition principles to enhance performance and health
  • Understand sports psychology and how it can help improve the performance and well being of athletes


Sports Medicine Physicians, Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists, Physicians, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Residents. Dress code: business casual. 


PHYSICIANS: The Emory University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 16.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.The Emory University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS: Application for CEU credit has been filed with the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia. Determination of credit is pending. Please check the link for the Emory Sports Medicine CME at www.emory.edu/CME for final determination. 


ATHLETIC TRAINERS: Emory Sports Medicine Center (P3345) is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. The 8th Annual Emory Sports Medicine Symposium has been approved for a total of 16.5 CEUs of which 11.25 hours are EBP Category CEUs. Certified Athletic Trainers are responsible for claiming only those hours actually spent participating in the continuing education activity.

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: According to the education levels described by the PDC, the following continuing education course is considered to be: Advanced - Includes an in depth theory, concepts and applications of information and/or techniques that are presented beyond the Essential level


The early bird registration of $395 for Physicians and $240 for Residents, Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Nurses, Physician Assistants, dual AT/PTs, and other allied health professionals expires March 1. Registration after March 1 will be $445.00 for Physicians and $275.00 for all other professionals. Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, refreshment breaks, course syllabus, and other amenities involved in making this a rewarding learning experience. Emory University reserves the right to cancel the program and return all fees.

The liability of Emory University is limited to the course fee. Emory will not be responsible for any losses incurred by registrants, including but not limited to airfare cancellation or hotel deposits. To cancel your registration with Emory University, please fax or mail a written notice to the CME office by March 6, 2015 for a refund less $50 administrative fee. There are no refunds after March 6, 2015.


In accordance with Emory University’s sustainability initiative, the course handouts/syllabus will be available in pdf format online and USB drives only. Course materials will be available for download a few days prior to the conference allowing attendees the opportunity to review them before the meeting. USB drives will be available at the conference. 

The details to access the handouts online will be emailed to attendees approximately 3 days prior to the course date. Conference handouts can be viewed, downloaded and printed and/or saved to a preferred electronic device. 


All attendees should provide their own email, not a spouse or assistant’s email. Once the course is completed, Emory CME will email instructions how to complete the evaluation and download the course certificate. 


The conference will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center, 3405 Lenox Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30326. We have secured a special group flat room rate of $129.00 (single/double) per night. Reserve by calling 1-888-855-7741 and request the “Emory Sports Medicine Symposium”. RESERVE YOUR ROOM ASAP to take advantage of the conference rate. Check in time is 3:00 P.M. Valet and self-parking are available.

The hotel is in the center of Atlanta and within the shopping, dining and entertainment district of Buckhead. The hotel is also 1 block from the Lenox MARTA transit station and less than 20 minutes from downtown and midtown attractions.

Click here to see the full SYMPOSIUM AGENDA