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Hospital for Special Surgery Addresses Injuries in Throwing and Multisport Athletes at Annual Sports Medicine Symposium

New York—April 15, 2013

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), the nation’s top hospital for orthopedics, will host the seventh annual Current Concepts in Sports Medicine, educational symposium to discuss how to identify, prevent and treat articular cartilage and hip/pelvis injuries, as well as injuries common to the throwing and multisport athlete.

The two-day symposium co-directed by Frank Cordasco, M.D., sports medicine orthopedic surgeon; and John Cavanaugh, P.T., M.Ed., ATC, SCS, features the expertise of HSS’s Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service and Rehabilitation and Performance staff. It is specifically designed for physician assistants, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, athletic trainers, coaches, nurse practitioners and other healthcare professionals to learn how to properly manage sports-related medical issues and hear about the latest treatment advances from HSS experts.

Physicians and physical therapists from Hospital for Special Surgery have the distinction of being the team physicians and athletic trainers for 17 professional and college teams, and the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service has trained more than 100 of the sports medicine leaders in institutions all over the world. 

“HSS continues to grow and advance medicine with pioneering surgical treatment techniques,” said Dr. Cordasco. “Our staff is uniquely positioned to share information with local, regional and national audiences on how we’re developing and restoring mobility to world-class athletes and returning them to play in top performance shape.”

“Sports Medicine must include a variety of health and athletic professionals and physical therapists often play a significant role in providing that connectivity,” said Cavanaugh. “Current Concepts gives HSS the opportunity to share the most up-to-date and current trends in sports medicine, whether it's knee ligament repair, shoulder surgery or evaluation diagnostic tools.”



DATE:                      Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, 2013

TIMES:                     8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Friday, April 19

                                 7:20 a.m. – 4:20 p.m. on Saturday, April 20

LOCATION:              Hospital for Special Surgery
                                 Richard L. Menschel Education Center, 2nd Floor
                                 535 East 70th Street
                                 New York


DETAILS:      The seventh annual conference includes:

·        Live surgery, and presentations and discussions that will recognize the most current approaches for managing and treating anterior shoulder instability;

·        Discuss the principles of treatment progressions for the postsurgical hip arthroscopy population;

·        Review surgical intervention for articular cartilage injuries and the implication for post-operative rehabilitation;

·        Identify common injuries in the long-distance swimmer, runner and cyclist; and describe an evidence-based approach to rehabilitation strategies related to ACL prevention programs, weight training for the adolescent athlete and developing flexibility.

Session Highlights:

• The Throwing Athlete: Elbow Injuries
Struan H. Coleman, M.D., Ph.D.; Neil S. ElAttrache, M.D.; Michael Levinson, P.T., CSCS
Friday, April 19, 8:35 a.m.

• The Throwing Athlete: Shoulder Injuries
Stephen J. O’Brien, M.D., MBA; David W. Altchek, M.D.; Jessica Hettler, P.T., M.S., ATC, Cert MDT, SCS
Friday, April 19, 10:25 a.m.

• Managing Hip and Pelvis Injuries in the Athlete
Anil S. Ranawat, M.D.; Jamie Edelstein, P.T., DScPT, COMT, CSCS; William C. Meyers, M.D.; Peter Draovitch, P.T., M.S., ATC
Friday, April 19, 1:20 p.m.

• Articular Cartilage Injuries in Sports
Russell F. Warren, M.D.; John T. Cavanaugh, P.T., M.Ed., ATC, SCS; Riley J. Williams III, M.D.
Friday, April 19, 3:35 p.m.

• The Multisport Athlete
Polly de Mille, R.N., M.A., RCEP, CSCS; John T. Cavanaugh, P.T., Med, ATC, SCS; Peter J. Moley, M.D.; Leigh-Ann Plack, P.T., DPT
Saturday, April 20, 8:55 a.m.

• Decision-making in Sports Medicine
Stephen Fealy, M.D.; Frank A. Cordasco, M.D., M.S.; Michael Levinson, P.T., CSCS; John D. MacGillivray, M.D.
Saturday, April 20, 10:55 a.m.

• Where’s the Evidence in Sports PT?
Theresa Chiaia, P.T., DPT; Sarah Killian, P.T., MSPT, ATRIC; Marla Ranieri, P.T., DPT; Jessica Graziano, P.T., DPT, CSCS
Saturday, April 20, 10:55 a.m.

Keynote:        George Davies, DPT, M.Ed., SCS, ATC, LAT, CSCS, ACSM-CET, APTA-CCI, SMAC (REMT) FAPTA, co-director, Clinical and Research Service, Gundersen Lutheran Sports Medicine, Onalaska, Wisc.

                        Functional Testing Algorithm for Return to Play of the Overhead Throwing Athlete 


Personnel:      Frank A. Cordasco, M.D., Orthopedic Surgeon in the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at Hospital for Special Surgery and Activity Co-Director of Current Concepts in Sports Medicine

John T. Cavanaugh, PT, M.Ed., ATC, Clinical Supervisor of Hospital for Special Surgery’s Sports Rehabilitation and Performance Center and Activity Co-Director of Current Concepts in Sports Medicine 

If you are interested in attending the event or if you would like to speak with Dr. Cordasco or Mr. Cavanaugh or another HSS physician or therapist prior to the event, please contact: 

We also invite you to contact us throughout the year if you would like to interview members of the Hospital for Special Surgery Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service when you are writing and need background on sports-related injuries.



About HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the ninth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S.News & World Report (2018-2019). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.


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