Following the NFL’s tightening up on its concussion policy, athletic organizations around the country have looked to apply lessons learned to their own programs. The first Comprehensive Concussion Program session offered jointly by IMG Academy and Coastal Orthopedics was open to all area trainers and featured an intro to the new concussion protocol. The second session, slated for April 27, will focus on implementation of the program. IMG Academy’s trainers will join other trainers in the area to learn from Coastal Orthopedics’ newest physician and Concussion Management Specialist, Jeremy Ng, MD and his staff. From diagnosis, to treatment, and recovery, the program will consist of a full spectrum of concussion management services, which includes a complete medical evaluation, physical and comprehensive neurological exam, as well as a computerized neurocognitive assessment using the ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) Testing System. Dr. Ng is the first and only Credentialed ImPACT Consultant (CIC) in Bradenton.
In addition to their work together on the Comprehensive Concussion Program, IMG Academy and Coastal Orthopedics are hosting the first Sports Medicine Symposium at IMG Academy, June 1-2, 2013. The conference will feature experts from IMG Academy’s Athletic and Personal Development team, alongside leading physicians from Coastal Orthopedics. Some of the featured presenters at the Sports Medicine Symposium include:
- Matthew F. Grady, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician with a CAQ in primary care sports medicine. He joined the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in 2007, and is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Grady is the Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, the Director of the Outpatient Sports Medicine requirement for the CHOP emergency department fellows, and the Director of Sports Medicine electives for pediatric residents and medical students in the CHOP/Penn system. He completed his Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Maryland, during which time he served as the fellow physician for the Baltimore Ravens. He currently serves on the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine educational committee and reviews articles for several journals. He serves as the concussion consultant for several high schools and has teamed with county and state officials to develop return to school guidelines after concussion injuries. In addition to his professional interests, Dr. Grady is very involved in youth sports at the community level. He serves on a local community youth sports board, is the commissioner of the basketball program, and is a youth soccer coach.
- Christina L. Master, MD, is an academic general pediatrician with a CAQ in primary care sports medicine. Dr. Master completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University before graduating summa cum laude from The State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) where she also served as Chief Resident. Dr. Master spent 17 years with the Pediatric Residency Program at CHOP, 11 of which were as the Associate and Vice Program Director. She recently completed a sabbatical year of fellowship training in primary care sports medicine at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and clinical interests are in the area of pediatric and adolescent concussion. Dr. Master is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and an attending physician in Pediatrics and Orthopedics/ Sports Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is also the mother of three children, two of whom play ice hockey and are part of the reason for her avid interest in concussion.
- Jeremy Ng, MD, is a board-certified emergency medicine physician who completed his fellowship in primary care sports medicine. He is currently employed at Coastal Orthopedics in Bradenton, FL. He completed his medical degree at the Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his Emergency Medicine Residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. After one year as an attending physician, Dr. Ng went back for his sports medicine fellowship through the combined Pennsylvania Hospital/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Program. There he was a physician for William Penn Charter School, Rowan University, University of Pennsylvania, and a fellow physician for the Philadelphia Eagles and Philadelphia Flyers. He has also coached for over 10 years at the high school, NCAA, and post collegiate levels. He has coached multiple state sprint champions. He also has a passion for football players for the NFL Combine. From 2009-2012, 67 players were selected in the NFL Draft. He served as a physician and coach for the 2013 IMG NFL Combine Preparation Program.
- Jason Waterman, MD, is a board certified Internal Medicine physician with a CAQ in primary care sports medicine. He is currently a primary care sports medicine doctor at 3B Orthopaedics in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic. After spending time there as an attending physician, he completed his primary care sports medicine fellowship through the Combined Pennsylvania Hospital/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Program. Dr. Waterman has a strong interest in education on concussion and has lectured on concussion at numerous high schools in the Philadelphia area.
- Neno Bartocci, LAT, ATC, is a board certified and PA licensed athletic trainer. He is currently the Head Athletic Trainer for the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia, PA and pursuing his Masters degree in Performance Enhancement at California University of Pennsylvania. Neno graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Athletic Training (and a minor in Exercise Science) from West Chester University. His passion is to promote the "3-sport athlete" in the secondary school setting, which limits the pitfalls of early specialization. He also worked hard to institute the first concussion management program at his school. In a former life, Neno was a Sergeant in the US Army and led troops into two different war zones. He is a certified TRX trainer and has a wife and a 9 month old son that take up most of his free time.
The symposium will feature cutting edge panel topics and roundtable discussion to challenge the practitioner and improve their “toolbox” through collaboration and dialogue. An opportunity to put new tools into practice will also take place through on-field demonstration during the second day of the conference. For more information, visit the Sports Medicine Symposium website by clicking HERE.