Leading experts in concussion research to speak at fifth annual USA Rugby Sports Medicine Symposium

Leading experts in concussion research to speak at fifth annual USA Rugby Sports Medicine Symposium

BOULDER, Colo. – The fifth annual USA Rugby Sports Medicine Symposium will be held at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Jan. 23-24 alongside the fourth leg of the 2013-14 IRB HSBC Sevens World Series, USA Sevens.

Experts of sports medicine Robert Cantu, MD, and Anne McKee, MD, are set to present findings related to concussions to hundreds of the world’s best physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers, chiropractors, massage therapists, nurses, EMTs, strength coaches, scientists, students, and more.

“USA Rugby is leading the way in the education, prevention, treatment and management of concussions,” USA Rugby Medical Director Michael Keating said. “In addition to the ‘Brains Over Brawn’ initiative, USA Rugby’s fifth annual Sports Medicine Symposium will have an unprecedented panel presenting on the subject.

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“With a priority of keeping rugby and all sports safer, we have secured the world’s experts in concussion and sports medicine to present. Our conference has always kicked off with a focus on concussion on the first day and we continue to make this a priority.”

The Symposium has been approved for the equivalent of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 2 Credits and 8.0 BOC Category A Continuing Education Units as approved by the Board of Certification for Certified Athletic Trainers.

The 2013 Sports Medicine Symposium featured an IRB Update on Concussion with IRB Chief Medical Officer Martin Raftery, MD, a Concussion and Research in Rugby panel discussion led by David Chao, MD, and a Medical Planning for Rugby Tournaments presentation with Mark Scholl, MD, of Endurance Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and Doug Turgeon, MD, of Dallas Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.

“Day two is loaded with an all-star list of presenters,” Keating said. “If you are dealing with athletes and the potential for concussion and emergency care – regardless of your knowledge level or participation in rugby – this symposium is for you.”

Registration for the two-day 2014 Sports Medicine Symposium is $225 until Jan. 10, 2014, after which the price of registration is $275 either online or at the door. Thursday-only registration is $150, while medical staffs of teams participating in the Las Vegas Invitational and students can receive discounted rates of $125 and $100, respectively.

For more information on the 2014 USA Rugby Sports Medicine Symposium agenda, registration and hotel reservations, please visit the Symposium website. Enter the USA Rugby Facebook Symposium Registration Giveaway to win two free registrations to the Symposium.

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