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Overuse Injuries, Rehab Techniques, Among Topics at Stony Brook Sports Medicine Symposium
Stony Brook Orthopaedic Associates hosts conference for health professionals, athletic trainers

STONY BROOK, N.Y., May 9, 2012—With thousands of children and teens participating in sports year-round, overuse injuries are commonplace. Healthcare experts in sports medicine will tackle this issue and other topics at Stony Brook Orthopaedic Associate’s Sports Medicine Update: Controversies in Sports Medicine. The continuing medical education (CME) symposium for healthcare professionals is also open to the community. It takes place on May 11, from 7:00 a.m., to 2:30 p.m., at the Student Activities Center on the Stony Brook University Campus. 
 
The educational program includes lectures and panel discussions, and breakout sessions by physicians and sports medicine experts from the Division of Sports Medicine at Stony Brook Orthopaedics Associates, the clinical practice of the Department of Orthopaedics at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Co-Directors of the symposium are James Penna, M.D., Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Residency Program Director, and James M. Paci, M.D., Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics.
 
“We will provide health professionals with the latest information on overuse injuries and the best methods to detect and treat these injuries properly, especially in the young athlete,” says Dr. Paci. “The program is comprehensive and includes useful information on most of the important injury issues that can be incorporated into sports medicine practices.”
 
Sub-topics on overuse injury include: ways to clinically assess and formulate accurate diagnoses of overuse pathologies; surgical interventions and post-operative care; rehabilitation protocols; strategies for identifying at-risk populations; and ways to educate populations at-risk.
 
Approximately 20 other “Focus” lectures and discussions will be included in the program. Discussed and debated will be issues and controversies surrounding a myriad of sports injury topics. These include: “Toradol, pain meds use in season,” “Scaphoid fractures in athletes,” “Supplement and nutrition with the competitive athlete,” “Concussion case studies,” and “ACL graft choices.”
 
The overall theme for the symposium is the national STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) Sports Injuries campaign, which was started by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) in 2007 to address the issue of overuse injuries in young athletes. The Stony Brook symposium will also incorporate the ideas and initiatives of Safe Kids USA, a nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury. 
 
There is on-site registration for the symposium. Fees vary based on medical specialty. There is no fee for students. Lunch is provided. For more information, please call 631-444-2094.

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