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U.S. to Host Prestigious International Football and Sports Medicine Conference


CHICAGO (Thursday, January 24, 2002) — The leaders from the world of soccer and medicine will come together this March at the first ever International Football and Sports Medicine Conference being staged at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., from March 22-24, 2002. With the world’s foremost experts addressing long-term health and safety issues for athletes worldwide at every level of soccer competition, the conference promises to be an educational experience.

Open to practicing professionals in the field of Sports Medicine, as well as to coaches and players at every level of the sport of soccer, interested attendees can learn more about this unique event by contacting the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) at 847-292-4900, or by visiting the organizations website at www.sportsmed.org/soccer.  Attendees can also sign up for the sports conference’s mailing list by sending an e-mail to football2002@aossm.org.

To broaden the appeal of the meeting, the program will go beyond strictly medical and surgical treatment issues to include other topics such as performance and prevention, as well as age and gender related issues. With a focus on educating everyone in attendance, the conference will see sports medicine experts sharing ideas with experienced professionals and anyone else with an interest in caring for soccer players.

The Sports Medicine Conference will also bring together a broad spectrum of soccer health care professionals, including orthopedists, medical specialists, athletic trainers, physical therapists, nutritionists and chiropractors, in an environment designed to maximize information sharing.  In addition, non-medical participants in organized soccer, including coaches and administrators who may be involved with health care, will also take part in the conference.

U.S. Soccer President Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia will serve as Honorary Chair alongside FIFA President Sepp Blatter at the event. The conference is being organized by the AOSSM in conjunction with FIFA and U.S. Soccer.  Based in Rosemont, Ill., just outside Chicago, and headed by Executive Director Irvin E. Bomberger, the AOSSM has previously worked with the NBA, the NFL and the NHL on similar sports medicine conferences.

With assistance from AOSSM president-elect Dr. William Garrett (the chairperson of U.S. Soccer’s Sports Medicine Committee), Dr. Bert Mandelbaum and Dr. Don Kirkendall, the program committee has developed a conference curriculum with a broad interest within the soccer community.  The entire program includes both presentations and discussion designed to create dialogue among all the attendees. Also assisting the weekend’s events from U.S. Soccer are Dr. Douglas Brown (orthopedics), Dr. Sheldon Jordan (neurology), Dr. Gary Green (doping control) and Dr. William Queale (infectious diseases). From U.S. Soccer’s sports dentistry team, Dr. Emilio Canal and Dr. Ray Padilla will be on hand to discuss the latest issues regarding preventative facial injuries.

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