As with any physical sport, having up-to-date medical and athletic training information is vital to rugby leaders. At this year’s National Development Summit, USA Rugby Medical Services Director Michael Keating will be in attendance to share best practices to making the game safer for everyone. Keating has served as the director of medical services for USA Rugby, a position in which he oversees the health and well-being of all of the national teams for the organization.
Keating has always enjoyed attending and presenting at the NDS and other conference opportunities because it allows him to engage with those individuals who are closely invested in the game. Keating’s presentation will include the latest updates on health and player welfare issues. His presentation will not only come from a USA Rugby point of view, but also from the International Rugby Board (IRB) and his 20 years of experience and involvement as a rugby trainer.
“My lecture and role in USA Rugby is not about making rules or imposing my opinions – it is about making the game safer, primarily through education and sharing ideas,” Keating said. “We are always looking to grow our staff at the national-team level and encourage involvement. The passion, knowledge and experience of the speakers at the NDS are second to none. This is the meeting where we, as the guardians of the game – specifically in the USA - can work together to continue making rugby in the USA exceptional.”
The National Development Summit will be held Feb. 21-23 at the Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, Penn. For more information on the event or to register, visit the NDS Event Page.