Fort Lauderdale, FL—January 4, 2011
Sports medicine professionals, athletic trainers and physical therapists will learn about the latest research in the treatment and prevention of soccer-related injuries at the Soccer Industry Medical Symposium, presented by Hospital for Special Surgery in conjunction with Major League Soccer (MLS) on Saturday, January 8, in Fort Lauderdale.
As soccer players descend upon the area for the 2011 adidas MLS Player Combine, the symposium will bring together some of the country’s foremost sports medicine professionals to discuss managing sports-related injuries.
“We’ve made great strides in the past few years in the ways that professional sports injuries are assessed and treated,” said Riley J. Williams, III, M.D., symposium director and orthopedic surgeon in the Sports Medicine Service at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. “This course is designed to help medical teams treating high school, collegiate and professional soccer players to better identify and prevent soccer-related injuries.”
Sessions at the January 8 symposium that will be of particular interest for physical therapists, soccer trainers and other members of the care team include:
“Caring for injured athletes requires a long-term commitment by the players, physicians, coaches and trainers,” emphasized Dr. Williams, who is also head team physician for the New York Red Bulls. “New technological advances and improvements in clinical management arise all the time, but unless the athlete’s care team is working in close coordination, the full benefits of these improvements may be diluted.”
Team physicians and surgeons who treat athletes all over the country will participate in the symposium. “It’s clear that, while individual players and soccer teams possess unique qualities and traits, care teams confront similar injuries over and over,” Dr. Williams added. “Getting trainers and physicians all in a room together will allow them to identify the functional similarities and differences in the treatment and management of injuries.”
Additional guest faculty from around the country includes:
Media interested in attending the event or speaking with Dr. Williams, please contact Tracy Hickenbottom, Public Relations at Hospital for Special Surgery, at (212) 606-1197, firstname.lastname@example.org.