BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (March 20, 2002) -- The President of U.S. Soccer, Dr. S. Robert Contiguglia, is addressing the foremost leaders and experts of soccer and sports medicine at the first International Football and Sports Medicine Conference on March 22, 2002. His 2 p.m. presentation will address Medical Issues in Soccer: The U.S. Soccer Perspective. The meeting, which will run March 22-24, 2002, at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, USA, is sponsored by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), FIFA, the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC), and U.S. Soccer. The conference will address long-term soccer health and safety issues for athletes at every level of competition. The complete agenda and further details of the meeting can be downloaded from the AOSSM website, www.sportsmed.org/soccer.
Dr. Contiguglia is Honorary Chair of the event along with Mr. Joseph S. Blatter, FIFA President, and Dr. Clarence Shields, AOSSM President. With assistance from AOSSM President-Elect Dr. William Garrett (Chair of the U.S. Soccer's Sports Medicine Committee), Dr. Bert Mandelbaum, and Dr. Don Kirkendall, the program committee has developed a conference curriculum that strikes a balance between medical issues and broader topics of interest to the entire soccer community (such as performance and prevention and factors such as age and gender).
Assisting with the weekend's events from U.S. Soccer are Dr. Douglas Brown (orthopaedics), 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 preventatives for facial injuries. The international faculty includes 55 representatives from North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
The conference provides a forum for a broad spectrum of soccer health care professionals (including orthopaedists, medical specialists, athletic trainers, physical therapists, nutritionists, and chiropractors) to maximize information sharing with their colleagues and with non-medical participants in organized soccer (including coaches and administrators who may be involved with health care).
With this meeting, AOSSM continues its established role in bringing together sports medicine professionals and professional sports, following previous alliances with the NBA, the NFL, and the NHL to create similar sports medicine conferences. Open to sports medicine professionals and soccer coaches and players, interested attendees can learn more about this event by contacting AOSSM Director of Communications Brian Haefs at 847-292-4900.