Mercy Sports Medicine to Host Concussion Conference

February 20, 2015

Mercy Sports Medicine Director Dr. Brian Mahaffey

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:

  • “What is a Concussion?” presented by Nicholas Greiner, DO, Mercy Clinic Family Medicine
  • “Evaluation of a Concussion” presented by Laura Pohl, M.Ed, ATC and Sarah Alander, MD, Mercy Kids Emergency Medicine and Mercy Kids Post-Concussion Clinic.
  • “Care of Concussions and Prevention” presented by Kelly Herman, MS, ATC and Amanda Cooper, MS, ATC
  • “Neuroplasticity, Nutrition and Concussions” presented by Brian Mahaffey, MD, MSPH, Mercy Sports Medicine
  • “Neuropsychology — The Role and New Trends in Concussion Care” presented by Kristen Sands, PhD
  • “Post-Concussive Syndrome” presented by Angela Jones, PhD and Sara Baumgarten, PT, DPT
  • “Cutting Edge Research in Concussions” presented by Royce Moore, MD

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.  

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