Course Overview



This course will be held again on
May 6 - 8, 2020.

Information contained in this site is for the 2019 program.
Information for the 2020 program not yet available.

The Comprehensive 2019 Sports Medicine Update

State-of-the-Art Approaches to Optimize the Diagnosis, Treatment, Rehabilitation, and Prevention of Sports Injuries

In the past year, there have been a number of very significant clinical changes that affect the way we diagnose, treat, and rehabilitate sports injuries incurred by elite athletes, weekend warriors, and patients with active lifestyles.

This CME program provides a special and timely opportunity to hear directly from world-renowned physician specialists (physiatrists, orthopedists, radiologists), team physicians and athletic trainers for the Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, New England Revolution and New England Patriots, and physical therapists on the cutting edge of rehabilitation about these changes, and how to incorporate them into practice to improve:

  • Treatment outcomes for acute and overuse injuries of the spine, knee, hip, foot, and ankle, along with upper extremity conditions of the shoulder, neck, elbow, hand, and wrist
  • The effectiveness and expediency of physical evaluations
  • Appropriate diagnostic imaging and interpretation
  • Rehabilitation and return to play
  • Utilization of physical therapists and athletic trainers
  • Non-surgical management of injuries
  • Decisions to refer patients for surgery
  • Multidisciplinary team-based treatment
  • Injury prevention
  • Pre-participation evaluation
  • Treatment of special populations, including gymnasts, runners, and throwing athletes


Unique to this program is its immersive, fast-paced, 360-degree educational experience. You will learn about changes and advances in sports medicine from three critical, interrelated perspectives:

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal Radiology
  • Orthopedics

Educational highlights include:

  • The most effective methods, both surgically and non-surgically, to manage injuries to tendons, joints, muscles, and ligaments in athletes vs. non-athletes
  • When and how to utilize cutting-edge regenerative sports medicine treatments
  • Updates for joint preservation treatment in the athlete
  • Advances in the management of sports concussion and methods to facilitate return to play
  • Practice recommendations to optimize care of the female athlete
  • Guidance for point-of-care ultrasound for evaluation and treatment of sports injuries
  • New recommendations for addressing hypertension and risk for acute coronary syndrome in athletes
  • Best practice in evaluating throwing mechanics to address upper extremity sports injuries
  • Optimized approaches for interpreting images and making decisions about operative versus conservative management
  • Updates in best practice using the pre-participation physical evaluation
  • Clinical strategies to account for age, gender, and patient conditions
  • Management of chronic tendon disorders
  • Advances in knowledge regarding the role of vitamin D for health and performance of athletes

The format is engaging and attendees are encouraged to pose questions in sessions and workshops as well as one-on-one with the national and international experts who will be delivering the updates and education at this event.


You can expand your learning experience by attending one of the following intensive, skills development workshops. The nation’s foremost authorities in four disciplines of sports medicine lead these highly interactive, educational, and hands-on programs:

Sports Ultrasound: Diagnostic and Orthobiologic Techniques of the Shoulder and Knee
Saturday • May 18, 7:30am – 5:15pm
Directors: Ashwin N. Babu, MD and Joanne Borg-Stein, MD 

In this special one-day program, participants update their understanding of musculoskeletal ultrasound in sports medicine, learn about the most important recent advances in regenerative medicine of the knee and shoulder, and reinforce these new principles with a hands-on workshop guided by leading experts from Harvard Medical School. This is an opportunity to learn and gain hands-on experience with:

  • State-of-the-art protocols for the sonographic evaluation of shoulder and knee injuries
  • Tips and tricks for improved scanning
  • Best practices for ultrasound-guided injections of orthobiologics to the shoulder and knee

View Sports Ultrasound agenda


Running Medicine 2019: Optimizing Treatment of Foot and Ankle Injuries
Saturday • May 18, 8:00am – 5:30pm and
 • May 19, 8:00am – 1:00pm
Directors: Irene S. Davis, PhD, PT and Adam Tenforde, MD

Many of our patients run: some recreationally, some competitively, some professionally. The injury rate is estimated at 50% annually. This cutting-edge two-day program focuses on foot and ankle injuries, common yet challenging-to-treat locations in runners.

  • Learn state-of-the-art strategies for evaluation and treatment of foot and ankle injuries from world-renowned specialists
  • Participate in hands-on workshops for innovative and more effective strengthening of the foot to optimize lower extremity function
  • Visit a state-of-the-art center for gait retraining and learn when and why this should be employed as a treatment strategy 

View Running Medicine 2019 agenda


Gymnastics Medicine 2019: Current Concepts and Future Directions
Saturday • May 18, 8:00am – 5:30pm
Directors: Christine Eng, MD; Steven Makovitch, DO; and David Tilley, DPT, SCS, CSCS

Gymnastics is a sport where injuries are common, and these patients often have unique needs and sports-specific injuries. This one-day course given by former gymnasts, who are now sports medicine physicians and physical therapists, provides evidence-based learning on the medical care and rehabilitation of gymnasts. Hands-on workshops with current gymnasts will solidify evaluation and treatment principles. This course is open to all types of providers.

This is a unique opportunity to:

  • Understand the medical and rehabilitative needs of the gymnast from experts in the field
  • Participate in hands-on workshops and demonstrations with current gymnasts and gain practical skills to evaluate and treat gymnastics injuries
  • Learn best practices for the highest safety of gymnasts including prehabilitation, effective communication with coaches, and changing the educational environment of the sport

View Gymnastics Medicine 2019 agenda


Sports Concussion 2019: Using Exercise and Active Rehabilitation for Recovery
Saturday • May 18, 8:00am – 5:30pm
Directors: Mary Alexis Iaccarino, MD and Lenore Herget, PT, DPT, SCS, MEd, CSCS

Concussions are the most common sport-related head injury, yet treatment for concussions remains challenging. Emerging evidence shows exercise and active rehabilitation can accelerate recovery and return to play. This workshop provides training and hands-on experience in using exercise and rehabilitation protocols to enhance concussion recovery.

  • Understand the scientific rationale for exercise and active rehabilitation from leading experts in the field of sports concussion
  • Gain hands-on experience in vestibular and ocular maneuvers and cervical spine treatments to enhance concussion recovery
  • Learn when and how to use aerobic exercising training for diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis in the athlete with sports concussion

View Sports Concussion 2019 agenda