|Workshop on Safety Issues for Women Athletes Scheduled for November
A full-day workshop, Injuries and Prevention Techniques for Women Athletes, will be held on Nov. 18 during the standards development meetings of Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities. USA Hockey, the national governing body for U.S. hockey, whose mission is to promote the growth of hockey and provide the best possible experience for those who play, is cosponsoring the workshop with the committee.
Organizer and general surgeon Cathy OConnor, M.D., who is chair of the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Student Health and Sports Medicine and team physician for Amherst College womens and mens teams, notes that the workshop topic is unusual and should be of broad interest. Dr. OConnor adds that the program should update attendees on important issues related to womens injuries and prevention, and appropriately follows the anniversary of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which requires colleges and schools to provide equivalent sports programs for women in order not to lose federal funding.
Topics and speakers already lined up to participate in the program, which begins at 7:50 a.m., include the following.
Pregnancy issues, including modifying training programs accordingly, will be addressed by Julia Alleyne M.D., of the Sunnybrook and Womens College Health Science Centre in Toronto, Ontario. She is also medical director of Sport C.A.R.E., the 2003-2004 president of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine, a clinical professor at the University of Toronto, and a family practitioner with a special interest in sports medicine.
Prevention of ACL (anterior cruciate ligament, which connects upper and lower leg bones) injuries in women athletes will be covered by Tim Hewitt, Ph.D., director of the Sports Medicine Biodynamics Center at the Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center.
Injuries to women athletes in figure skating and the development of a new skating boot will be discussed by a former nationally ranked figure skater, Angela Smith M.D., an orthopedist medically affiliated with the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia and academically affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania.
Additional presentations for the day are planned on stress fractures in female athletes, womens gymnastics, volleyball, and current theories about ACL injuries.
For more technical information about the workshop, contact Cathy OConnor, M.D., (phone: 413/562-4456). For F08 membership or meeting details, contact Jim Olshefsky, director, Committee Services, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9716). //
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