Continuing Education Weekend 2019

From Prevention to Return to Activity: Current Topics in Sports Medicine
Department of Athletic Training Continuing Education Weekend
November 16-17, 2019

Duquesne University
Bayer School - Wolfe Lecture Hall (Saturday sessions)
Duquesne Student Union Building - Africa Room (Sunday sessions)
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282


As healthcare continues to evolve, so do the responsibilities and skills that athletic trainers and athletic training students are called upon to provide, spanning from injury prevention to return to activity and everything in between.  This event is designed to bring athletic trainers and athletic training students together from across the region and from different practice settings to explore some of the current topics in sports medicine. 

The first day of the symposium (November 16th) will provide attendees with content related to concussion recovery, emergency management, exercise-associated hyponatremia, behavioral health, emergency sickling crisis, and orthopedic injury surgical management.

The second day (November 17th) will provide attendees with a one-day, intensive workshop designed to prepare athletic trainers to assist individuals in crisis. The workshop will be presented by the NATA ATs Care program, which is designed to offer crisis management training opportunities and support for athletic trainers dealing with the aftermath of a critical incident.  Registration for Sunday's event will be capped at 20 participants.

Saturday November 16, 2019
7:00 AM Registration Opens
8:00 - 8:15 AM Welcome Address
8:15 - 10:15 AM           

Managing Head Injuries & Mental Health

The Role and Implementation of Safe Exercise in Sport-Related Concussion Management (.75 EBP CEUs)
     - Erica Beidler, PhD, LAT, ATC

Managing the Mental Health Crisis (1.25 Category A CEUs) 
     - Shawn Coleman MSPC & Ara Schmitt, PhD

10:15 - 10:30 AM Morning Break
10:30 - 11:30 AM On-Field Management of the Critically Injured Athlete (1 EBP CEU)
     - Edward Strapp, FPc/TPc, NRP, ATC
11:30 - 12:30 PM Updates in Orthopedic Surgical Care (1 Category A CEU)
     - Joseph Gatti, MS, LAT, ATC
12:30 - 1:15 PM Lunch (Provided as part of registration fee)
1:15 - 3:30 PM

Heat & Hydration Injury Management

Hydration: Performance, Illness, Sudden Death (2 EBP CEUs)
     - Rebecca Stearns, PhD, ATC

3:30 - 3:45 PM Afternoon Break
3:45 - 4:45 PM Exertional Collapse Associated with Sickle Cell Trait: An Evidence Based Approach to Prevention and Immediate Treatment
     - Kelley Henderson, PhD, ATC
4:45 - 5:45 PM Exercise-associated Hyponatremia: Practice Considerations for the Athletic Trainer (1 EBP CEU)
     - Sarah Manspeaker, PhD, LAT, ATC
5:45 PM Closing Remarks

Sunday, November 17, 2019
8:00 AM Registration Opens
8:45 - 9:15 AM Welcome Address
9:15 - 12:15 PM             ATs Care Training Program
12:15 - 1:00 PM Lunch (Provided as part of registration)
1:00 - 5:00 PM ATs Care Training Program

Course Topics, Learning Objectives & Handouts

Link to Symposium & Learning Objectives

Link to Symposium Presentations.

Target Audience for All Above Courses

Certified Athletic Trainers and Athletic Training Students

Registration & Fees
Saturday Sessions Sunday Sessions*
Duquesne Affiliated Athletic Trainers (current AT program preceptors & alumni) Free $175*
Non-Duquesne Affiliated Athletic Trainers** $60 $175*
Non-Duquesne Affiliated Athletic Training Students** $5 Not Available

* Registration for the ATs Care Program is now CLOSED.
**Parking passes are also available for purchase through the registration website.

Click here to register!!

Continuing Education Units and Certificates

A total of 8 CEU's (2.25 Category A, 5.75 EBP) will be available for the Saturday sessions.  An additional 14 Category D CEU's will be available for registered attendees for the Sunday sessions.  All CEU certificates will be distributed electronically after participants have completed the program and participant surveys.  All surveys and assessments will be distributed electronically. 

Hotel Accommodations

Need a place to stay close to the meeting while in town? Book a room with Cambria Hotel.  To book, call the Cambria Hotel at 412.381.6687.


We would like to thank the sponsors of our Continuing Education Weekend for their support.

                                              Medco Sports Medicine - Sponsor Logo

Allegheny Health Network Logo   UPMC Sports Medicine Logo

Additional Information

Campus Map & Directions:

Special Needs: If you have any special needs, as defined by the American with Disabilities Act, and we should be aware, please let us know. Provide your specific requirements by contacting us at 412-396-4766 at least one week prior to the course.

Cancellation Policy: The Department of Athletic Training reserves the right to cancel a scheduled continuing education course. Courses may be cancelled for a variety of reasons including but not limited to inclement weather, campus emergency, speaker cancellation/withdrawal, or low course enrollment. In those instances where Duquesne University must cancel the event, attendees will be granted a full refund of the course tuition. In the event that an attendee should cancel or be unable to attend, full, partial or no refunds will be awarded based upon timing of the cancellation. Attendees canceling two weeks prior to the event will receive a full tuition refund. Any attendee cancelling less than 2 weeks of the event will be charged a 25% processing fee to cover the cost of materials, supplies and/or food being provided for the event. In the event that an attendee fails to attend the course and does not notify the Department in advance, no tuition refund will be granted.

For questions regarding this course contact:

Kerri VanGelder
Phone: (412) 396-4766

Duquesne University Department of Athletic Training (BOC AP# P-793) is an approved provider by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers.  Saturday programming is eligible for a maximum of 2.25 CEUs within category A and 5.75 EBP CEUs.  Sunday programming is eligible for a maximum of 14 CEUs within category D. Athletic Trainers should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

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