The 2011 USA Rugby Medical Symposium, held last month at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, was a huge success in bringing the latest research, injury prevention and mangement, and other pressing medical issues to stakeholders in the rugby and wider sports community.
The 2011 event built on the first ever conference in 2009 and invited expert speakers to shore their expertise with physicians, trainers, and other healthcare professionals. Premier college and pro football team physicians, surgeons, trainers, and even legal experts shared their knowledge and helped guide round table discussions about how to achieve the number one goal for practicioners of sports medicine: player welfare.
With over 100 attendees from nine countries representing 13 different professions within sports medicine and healthcare, the Symposium had something for everyone. In attendance were NFL and NBA team physicians who heard the latest on ACL reconstruction, concussion management, shoulder stability, and much more.
The event was made possible by generous sponsorships from Ohio State Sports Medicine, Arthrex, Stryker Spine, Depuy Mitek, Heath Special Risk, Wells Fargo, and AthletiCo.
Next year promises to build on this year's successes. Symposium organizer and USA Rugby Director of Medical Services, Mike Keating said, "We are focused on bringing together the best healthcare providers and researchers to provide a unique educational opportunity that the world of rugby has seen."
The Symposium will be held again in 2012 in conjunction with the USA Sevens tournament, so save the date if you, your team trainer, or anyone else you know might benefit from attending this fantastic rugby and sports medicine event.