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Sports Convergence: the Mayo Clinic International Sports Medicine Conference- Abu Dhabi, 2020

Nov 21-23, 2020 - Abu Dhabi


Course Director: George Pujalte, M.D., Daniel Montero, M.D. and Raul Rosario Concepcion, M.D.

This conference will give attendees the confidence to accurately diagnose and treat sports-related conditions, and the knowledge to determine appropriate testing and referral criteria, learning from some of the most experienced sports medicine practitioners from all over the world. This conference will supplement skills learned in residency and early medical, nursing, and physical therapy practice, allowing participants to fill in gaps in their training, and reinforce existing knowledge of musculoskeletal conditions, diagnosis, and treatment. Comparisons of how these are done and algorithms followed in Asia and the United States will be revealed also, and be part of the attendees’ body of knowledge, walking into scenarios where their expertise may be required to treat athletes and active individuals, using internationally-recognized approaches.

Topics discussed include musculoskeletal conditions and procedural techniques that sports medicine practitioners can utilize for athletes and active individuals. Areas of focus for this year will be the care of athletes and active individuals, and the varying approaches taken in Middle East and the United States, with the aim of opening the minds of attendees to different ways of looking at similar conditions encountered, as well as unique aspects of sports that are especially popular in the Middle East and the United States. Basic musculoskeletal radiology/sonography topics will be helpful to attendees as well, who often have to do image interpretations in the course of clinical work. Breaking down common sports medicine procedures for sports medicine practitioners will be helpful in terms of explaining these to patients, anywhere in the world, in the context of an increasingly global practice.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Understand and compare methods of correctly diagnosing and treating sports medicine-related injuries and conditions, with the most up-to-date evidence, considering cost and speed;
  • Improve skills in determining athletes’ ability to return to sports and regular activities after injuries, in various sports, comparing those more popular in Asia versus those popular in the United States, citing parallels and differences;
  • Determine physical examination maneuvers and testing appropriate for sports injuries commonly seen in the sports popular in Asia and the United States, learning different ways of doing them as taught and demonstrated by an international faculty;
  • Treat sports injuries commonly encountered, with consideration given to prevailing practices, identifying need to gather more evidence and collaborate, when needed;
  • Identify which sports-related injuries and conditions call for expeditious testing or referral to specialists, considering common algorithms employed in various countries; and
  • Gather knowledge on basic sports medicine procedures as they are done in the Middle East and the United States, and how they are explained to patients in these world regions.

Attendance at this Mayo Clinic course does not indicate nor guarantee competence or proficiency in the performance of any procedures which may be discussed or taught in this course.




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