ST. LOUIS - As sports-related concussions continue to be the focus of local and national media, Mercy Hospital St. Louis wants physicians, physical therapists and athletic trainers to learn about new diagnosis and treatment options.
The hospital’s Mercy Sports Medicine group is hosting a Concussion Conference from 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, at Mercy Hospital St. Louis’ von Gontard Conference Center, 621 S. New Ballas Rd.
The course is an opportunity for area physicians, athletic trainers and physical therapists to learn how to better detect and treat young athletes who have suffered a concussion. Topics to be covered include the standard of care for sports-related concussions, including proper diagnosis, testing and appropriate treatment, as well as return-to-play criteria. Potential complications associated with sports-related concussions and the use of care specialists will also be discussed. Participants will be eligible to receive continuing education credits.
Attendees will leave the program with a better understanding of a concussion’s short-term and long-term effects, ability to evaluate concussions on the sidelines, recognize abnormal findings after testing and understand various treatment options.
Presentations during the program include:
Mercy Sports Medicine Director Dr. Brian Mahaffey, MSPH, will end the conference with a presentation of “Case Studies.” Time is scheduled for questions and answers at the conclusion of both the morning and afternoon sessions.
Registration for the conference is now open online. Registration fees are $65 for Mercy/Non-Mercy Physicians and $35 for Mercy/Non-Mercy Athletic Trainers and Physical Therapists. The fee includes registration, morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, lunch and a certificate of attendance. Early registration is recommended for guaranteed enrollment. To enroll, click on your category above.
Concussion conference also qualifies attendees for the following course accreditations: AMA PRA Category I Credits™, Board of Certification (BOC) Credits, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Credit, and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Credit.