BALTIMORE – US Lacrosse announced that it is co-hosting the first Lacrosse Sports Medicine Conference on March 11, 2011 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore with MedStar Sports Health and Union Memorial Sports Medicine. Registration is now open to physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists, allied health personnel, lacrosse coaches, administrators and parents.
Unique versions of the sport are played by females and males from age six to 60 and there is a growing body of lacrosse-specific sports medicine knowledge concerning the mechanisms, treatments and prevention of these game-specific injuries.
This first-of-its-kind conference will feature interactive lectures and panel discussions with a multidisciplinary audience, including: team physicians, orthopaedic surgeons, primary care specialists, athletic trainers, physical therapists, injury epidemiologists, other allied health professionals, and lacrosse administrators and coaches.
"The US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee is among the most highly-qualified and dynamic advisory bodies in amateur sports, and it has assembled a wide range of medical professionals to present at the conference," said Ann Carpenetti, managing director of game administration at US Lacrosse.
Included on the day’s agenda are overarching topics, such as the epidemiology of lacrosse injuries and how the youth lacrosse experience can be optimized, and sessions on specific conditions or injuries that are present in lacrosse, such as concussions and commotio cordis.
"We want to provide a comprehensive conference on men’s and women’s lacrosse-specific sports medicine for the medical and lacrosse communities," Carpenetti said.
A $25 portion of each registration fee will be returned to the registrant’s designated professional organization or league. All remaining proceeds from this educational conference will be directed to two nonprofit entities: the US Lacrosse Sports Science & Safety Committee or The Union Memorial Sports Education and Research Fund to continue research and education in injury prevention.
In addition to admittance to the conference, registration will include a ticket (with additional tickets available for purchase) to attend the 2011 Faceoff Classic at M&T Bank (Ravens) Stadium on Saturday, March 12 and the US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program will reward certified coaches five Continuing Educational Opportunities (CEO) for attending.
For more information about registration, scheduling and more for the conference, please visit, http://www.uslacrosse.org/TopNav2Right/Events/2011SportsMedicineConference.aspx.
About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body for men’s and women’s lacrosse. US Lacrosse has more than 300,000 members in 62 regional chapters around the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse strives to provide programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the game. To learn more about US Lacrosse, please visit www.uslacrosse.org.
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health combines the best aspects of academic medicine, research, innovation and treatments with a complete spectrum of clinical services to advance patient care. As the largest health care provider in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., regions, MedStar’s nine hospitals, the MedStar Health Research Institute and 20 other health-related companies are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. MedStar has one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the country training over 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar also has a major academic affiliation with Georgetown University. MedStar Health is a $4 billion not-for-profit, regional health care system based in Columbia, MD, that is also one of the largest employers in the region. Its 26,000 associates and 5,300 affiliated physicians all support MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy that combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. Visit us at www.medstarhealth.org.