May 2, 2014
By Darcy Reed
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A significant first happened for the Sports Medicine Department at UT on April 25, 2014.
The department held a spring Sports Medicine Symposium in the Football Team Room that was attended by approximately 75 athletic trainers from three states.
"We were very pleased to have such a great turnout for our first conference, and the feedback was extremely positive," said Jason McVeigh, Director of Sports Medicine at UT.
UT Sports Medicine Staff and Physicians provided a free continuing educational opportunity for local athletic trainers.
Educational presentations by UT Sports Med staff and team physicians on a variety of sports medicine topics including: o Sideline Evaluations of non-orthopedic injuries, o Sideline Evaluations of shoulder injuries, o Management of a Type 1 Diabetic athlete, o Mental Health resources in the East TN community, o Football Meniscus Injuries, o Case studies of two unique injuries in UT athletes.
Robb Duncanson from the sports medicine staff coordinated the day, which was co-hosted by the Tennessee Athletic Trainer Society.
"This was an opportunity for us to share sports medicine ideas with our local athletic training colleagues, and to show them our new facility," said McVeigh.
This year was the first time for the event but the sports medicine department definitely has plans to continue growing next year.
"Our plan is to make this an annual event, and to present topics each year that are related to current trends facing athletic trainers that work with athletes at clinics, high schools, and colleges," said McVeigh.