Stanford Sports Medicine Hosts APTA Traveling Fellows

PT FellowsOn September 21st and 22nd, Stanford Sports Medicine served as a host site for three physical therapists (PTs) accepted into the Sports Physical Therapy Section - Kevin Wilk Traveling Fellowship.

Michael Bogden, PT, DPT, SCS, Robert Metzger, Jr. PT, DPT, SCS, ACSM EP-C, and Chris Wilson, PT, DPT, CHES spent Monday morning touring the Lacob Family Sports Medicine Center, the Phillip & Penelope Knight Athletic Training Center, and the rest of Stanford’s athletic facilities and competition venues. They spent that afternoon being mentored by the physical therapy staff. This included a presentation by Floyd VitoCruz, MSPT, SCS, CSCS on the collaborative approach of the Sports Medicine healthcare team, and clinical use of the Functional Lower Extremity Evaluation in determining return to sport.

Monday evening, the traveling fellows participated in a Multidisciplinary Conference led by Dr. Jason Dragoo, Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Head Team Physician for the Stanford Football Team. The interactive learning forum allowed the traveling fellows and staff physical therapists to share their ideas with orthopedic surgical residents/fellows, physical medicine and rehabilitation fellows, and attending physicians in discussing PCL injuries.

As Wilson noted, “Stanford University proved to be an impressive destination for sports physical therapists. The seamless integration of the PT’s, ATC’s and Sports Performance Coaches was unrivaled and was exemplified with their Active Integration approach.”

On Tuesday morning, the three traveling fellows presented current sports medicine topics to the athletic training and physical therapy staffs. They presented on the following: Review of Evidence on Heel Pain in the context of Clinic Practice Guidelines (Wilson), Case Report on Rehabilitation Progress s/p ACL Primary Repair with Internal Bracing (Metzger), and Exercise Dosage (Bogden).

With the prevalence of acute head injuries in sports today, the traveling fellows had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Jamshid Ghajar, Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery who is also Director of the Stanford Concussion and Brain Performance Center, and is recognized as a leader in the field of concussions. Dr. Ghajar spoke about the assessment of traumatic brain injuries, and appropriate clinic management in the realm of sports medicine. In addition, Director of Physical Therapy, Tammy Moreno, DPT, SCS, ATC, COMT, provided a lecture on the role of physical therapists in the clinical management of concussions. Matt Mills, MA, ATC, PES, CKTP explained the use of the cutting edge technology of eye tracking in the objective assessment of a concussion.

In the afternoon, they observed an in-season football weight training session with Shannon Turley, the Kissick Family Director of Sports Performance.  Turley provided the fellows an overview of the sports development program, which is designed to achieve three primary goals: injury prevention, athletic performance enhancement, and mental discipline development.

They ended their Stanford experience by observing the Run Safe Program in the Human Performance Laboratory. RunSafe is a sports wellness program for runners in the community focusing on personalized health advice, injury prevention, and performance enhancement. Assessments are performed by biomechanists, physicians, physical therapists, orthotists, and a nutritionist. With the provided practical advice on the best practices, runners are able to achieve their individual goals.

“My experience at Stanford went far beyond expectations,” stated Bogden. “Seeing how the variety of staff disciplines communicate and collaborate for a unified approach in managing their student athletes is impressive. The experience was career changing and will go a long way in improving care for my patients.”

“We feel privileged to have served as one of the hosts for the traveling fellowship,” said Moreno. “I hope that we were able to share a little bit of what makes Stanford Sports Medicine great. We appreciate the energy and knowledge the traveling fellows shared with us during their visit.”

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One Comment

  • Jordan Leavitt

    February 5, 2016, 8:44 am

    I really like how you said that, “Stanford University proved to be an impressive destination for sports physical therapists.” This is good to know if you are trying to go into this field. I want to become a sports medicine doctor. Thanks for sharing this because I will definitely look into getting into Stanford.

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