Matthew Bitner, MD, to Present on Topic of “Emergency Planning” at the 2013 Medicine of Cycling Conference

Posted on July 26, 2013 by jtaylor

"Medical Threat Assessments: Hope is not a Strategy - Planning for a Successful Race"

BitnerWhen planning a race, organizers often focus on the course, the participants, the permits, etc… and way at the bottom of the list is "medical." However, what does type of planning does that really entail? This course will provide the participant with the tools necessary to build a scalable medical plan that protects the riders, the staff and the providers. From the basics of performing a medical threat assessment to developing your emergency response objectives and assembling your team, the lecture will help participants ensure a safe event.

Dr. Bitner, MD, MEd, FACEP, is the Chief of Emergency Maria Parham Medical Center - Duke LifePoint Hospitals, and is the Director of Education and Training for STAT Medical Solutions.  He has worked many international-caliber events and helps to plan and organize the medical staff at the US' largest races.

UCSF Mini Medical School Medicine of Cycling Edition on UCTV July – September

Posted on June 18, 2013 by mabramson

Wow! The UCSF 2013 Mini Medical School Medicine of Cycling Edition will launch its web video series starting on July 28, 2013!

http://www.uctv.tv/series/Medicine-of-Cycling-Mini-Medical-School-for-the-Public-Presented-by-UCSF-Osher-Center-for-Integrative-Medicine-737

The schedule is as follows (subject to change based on UCTV production schedule):

Aches and Pains: When is it Time to See the Doctor?
Kristin Wingfield, MD
Date: 7/29/2013

Bike Fit: It’s All About the Bike
Curtis Cramblett, PT
Date: 8/5/2013

Dermatology: Taking Your Skin on the Road
Timothy Berger, MD
Date: 8/8/2013

What is it Like to Be a Professional Cyclist?
Daniel Holloway
Date: 8/12/2013

Psychology: It’s All About the Mind
Jim Taylor, PhD
Date: 8/15/2013

Training: Preparing to Race
Larry Nolan
Date: 8/19/2013

Nutrition: What Fuels Your Human Powered Vehicle?
Heather Schwartz, RD
Date: 8/22/2013

Metrics and Gadgets: How Do You Measure Up to the Pros?
Paul D. Abramson, MD
Date: 8/26/2013

Women and Cycling: Up Sides and Downsides of Title 9
Kristin Wingfield, MD
Date: 8/29/2013

Men in Cycling: New York Times Warns Men about Long Bike Rides, Are They Right?
Peter Carroll, MD
Date: 9/2/2013

Finish Line: Negotiating with your Brain - Concussion Identification, Response and Management
Eric Freitag, PsyD
Date: 9/5/2013

Fourth Annual Cayuga Lake Triathlon Sports Medicine Conference

Posted on February 6, 2013 by hwoodhull

The Fourth Annual Cayuga Lake Triathlon Sports Medicine Conference will be held on August 3rd, 2013 at Ithaca College’s Athletic & Events Building in Ithaca, NY. The Cayuga Lake Triathlon will take place the following day, Sunday, August 4th, for anyone interested in competing.

The conference this year will include presentations from 13 medical specialists including Sports Medicine Physicians, Orthopedists, an Athletic Trainer and many more.  Topics will include Triathlon Injuries and Mountaineering Medicine, Shortness of Breath in the Athlete, Bike Fit and more. Anyone is welcome to attend the conference. Medical professionals and coaches may earn 6 CME/CEU credits for attending.  We will also have three free lectures for race registrants and anyone not attending the conference, running from 10am - 11am that cover: The Value of VO2 max testing, Performance Benefits of Strength Training for Triathletes, and Fueling Your Tri – Nutrition for Before, During, and After the Race.

If you would like more information about the conference or you would like to register to attend, please visit: http://www.cayugamed.org/SM_clthome.cfm. A discounted fee will be offered to all those who register before June 1st.

 

Nutrition, Facial Injuries, Lower Extremity Conditions in Cycling, and the Female Cyclist headline Day 3 of the 2012 Medicine of Cycling Conference

Posted on August 27, 2012 by mabramson

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (August 26, 2012) Hip injury, sweat rate, cardiac screening, disordered eating, and dental care were just a few of the topics discussed today at the third annual Medicine of Cycling Conference. Medical experts presented a range of diverse topics from their respective fields and, casting the cyclist-as-patient into the spotlight, each presentation exposed medical issues specific to cyclists.

With the help of modern technology, Mark Greve, MD, medical director of Team Type 1, started the day with a check-in from the USA Pro Challenge. He discussed what it's like to be a team physician for a team in a major race. While this year's race was largely uneventful from a team physician perspective, Dr. Greve discussed his medical kit, how often he gets to ride his bike during events (rarely, if ever), and how he manages the language barrier with TT1 athletes from around the world.

Claudette Lajam, MD of New York University Langone Medical Center started off the day with her presentation on Lower Extremity Conditions in Cycling. Dr. Lajam highlighted IT Band Syndrome, hip dysfunction, labral tears, arthritis, and hip arthroplasty, as well as hip impingement and knee problems that affect all ages of the cycling population.

Next up Monique Ryan MS, RD, CSSD, LDN, HFS, brought her decades of experience working with endurance athletes to bear in her talk on Nutrition Strategies Designed for the High Performance Cyclist. In her presentation, Ryan detailed optimal foods for after, during, and before training, plus emphasized the need to jumpstart recovery immediately post training and racing. To support her topic, Ryan cited many studies and literature that examined carbohydrate absorption rates and sweat rates in cyclists to determine optimum intakes of carbohydrates and fluids when training and racing.

Michael Giudici, MD continued with his presentation on Pre-participation Cardiovascular Screening for Competitive Athletes. His talk examined the answer to the question, "What are the causes of sudden death in young competitive athletes, and what can we do to identify them?" and named myocarditis, coronary artery anomalies, and heat stroke effect on the heart as some of the threats to competitive athletes. He concluded with current American Heart Association recommendations for pre-participation cardiovascular screening of competitive athletes.

Gloria Cohen, MD finished off the morning sessions with The Female Cyclist, where she discussed The Female Athlete Triad: Eating Disorders, Amenorrhea and Osteoporosis. In addition, Dr. Cohen pointed out to participants that estimates of disordered eating are unknown, they vary from 4-39 percent; it is still a widely under-reported condition.

The afternoon sessions began with conference organizer, Anna Abramson, MD, announcing the results of a survey-based study of team physicians, team owners and team captains.

Paul Abramson, MD, gave a talk on Integrative Medicine and Cycling, which was followed by a presentation on Evaluation and Field Management of Traumatic Facial Injuries.  Aaron Liddell, MD DMD and John Tannyhill MD DDS drew attention to the many headlines in the cycling media about serious facial crashes in the pro peloton, including facial/head lacerations and mid-face trauma, both of which are some of the hardest things to fix. They also emphasized the importance of dental care, citing a couple top pro racers who were out for a significant portion of season due to wisdom tooth infections.

Margarita Sevilla, MD offered advice on how to prevent deaths in triathlon during her presentation on Triathlon Medicine. Preparedness and education are key, according to Dr. Sevilla. She also added general tips on how to prevent injury, such as core strengthing, proper bike fit, treadmill analysis, incorporating rest, and cross training.

The third annual Medicine of Cycling Conference concluded with a presentation by Matthew Fedoruk, PhD, Science Director of the US Anti-Doping Agency, whose talk on Cycling and Anti-Doping: A Health Professional's Perspective detailed educational efforts to explain the health ramifications of doping in cycling. To help conference participants become better informed, Fedoruk offered attendees many resources for medical practitioners, athletes, and coaches, as well as websites, phone numbers.

Dates for the fourth annual Medicine of Cycling Conference will be forthcoming, please check the website for more information.

Team Type 1 Medical Director Mark Greve, MD Checks in via Skype from USA Pro Cycling Challenge

Posted on August 26, 2012 by mabramson

With the marvel of modern technology, Mark Greve, MD, medical director of TT1, checked in with the Medicine of Cycling Conference via Skype to discuss what it's like to be a team physician for a major race. While this year's event was largely uneventful from a team doc perspective, Dr. Greve discussed his medical kit, how often he gets to ride during events (he doesn't), and how he manages the language barrier with the TT1 athletes from all over the world.

Thanks to Dr. Greve for a fantastic session!

Anna Abramson, MD presents at fourth annual USA Cycling Race Director Summit

Posted on February 21, 2012 by hwoodhull
Dr. Anna Abramson speaks at Race Director Summit

The fourth annual USA Cycling Race Director Summit offered a new twist for the more than 70 attendees who converged to discuss the 2012 season and growth of the sport domestically; the increased participation of more than a dozen of the nation’s top team directors.

Held for the first time in Salt Lake City due largely to the support of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, the annual summit saw not only race directors but 13 Pro Continental, Continental and Domestic Elite Team directors in attendance as well as several mountain bike stakeholders.

“The race directors really wanted to bring the team owners and directors into the conversation and it was one of the things that we heard as feedback from last year’s summit,” said Tara McCarthy, USA Cycling’s race director certification manager. “The discussion was very positive and everyone came away super happy they attended.”

The group discussed a variety of topics throughout the three-day event hosted by the Salt Lake City Sheraton, including: sponsorship, head injuries, risk management, televising cycling and governance & rule changes. Small constituent groups also broke out to discuss scheduling, applications, team branding and on-site activation. The group also capitalized on networking opportunities over meals sponsored by Visit Salt Lake, Backcountry.com, DNA Cycling and PSA Sports.

“I feel like we all put on these events in a vacuum, so the most important thing to me is the opportunity to meet ‘colleagues,” said Mike Weiss, director of the Tour de Grove, the sixth stop on the 2012 National Criterium Calendar (NCC). “I’m a fairly new race director at this level and so I find the opportunity to tap into all the experience in that room quite worthy. I also thought the panel discussions were so valuable. Hearing from people who are really immersed in different facets of the business is beneficial as we as race directors can’t be experts on every side. I also thought the break-out sessions really got people talking and thinking outside the box. I left with a lot of great takeaways.”

Following USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson’s State of the Sport address, a detailed discussion of USA Cycling’s new results & rankings program was led by Tom Mahoney, results & rankings manager. An insurance and risk management presentation was aimed at race directors while a UCI team break-out session ran simultaneously. Friday’s afternoon session was dominated by sponsorship panel led by Matt Wikstrom, V.P. of Wasserman Media Group and Steve Miller, Senior V.P of the Larry H. Miller Group. Dr. Anna Abramson, founder of the Medicine of Cycling group, also offered a moving presentation on prevention, warning signs and consequences of head injuries in cyclists.

“I think having input from so many men's and women's cycling teams this year was vital as a shared forum with event organizers to strengthen the business of cycling,” said Jackie Tyson, who works as the director of public relations for the Tour of Utah. “The team directors provided valuable feedback for these events to continue to improve as viable entertainment properties, as well as earning opportunities and development platforms for the athletes.”

Saturday morning’s focus turned toward media as USA Cycling Communication Director Andrea Smith moderated a panel of experts on the topic of new media. Jackie Tyson, president of Peloton Sports, Allan Padgett, CEO of Tour Tracker and Jesse Hammond, USA Cycling’s new media manager offered tips on how to capitalize on social media, the emergence of mobile applications, reaching out to the ‘new’ media and more. Medalist Sports’ Jim Birrell then joined forces with Dave Chauner of the TD Bank International to lead discussion on cycling and television. After lunch and a brief break-out session, participants heard from USA Cycling staff on branding and bidding for national events. A panel on moving from a national to a UCI-level event including Karen Weiss, executive director of the Tour of Utah; Don Edberg, director of the Wisconsin Off-Road Series (WORS) and Sean Petty, COO of USA Cycling wrapped up the event on Saturday afternoon.

For USA Cycling the summit marked the completion of its annual ‘summit season’which included face-to-face dialogue with Local Associations, Sport Committees, junior and high school racing stakeholders and race directors.

This Article Published November 16, 2011 For more information contact: kkahn@usacycling.org

Anna Abramson, MD presents Concussion and Event Medical Management at USA Cycling Race Director Summit

Posted on November 16, 2011 by hwoodhull

Colorado Springs, Colo. (Nov. 16, 2011) – The fourth annual USA Cycling Race Director Summit offered a new twist for the more than 70 attendees who converged to discuss the 2012 season and growth of the sport domestically; the increased participation of more than a dozen of the nation’s top team directors.

Held for the first time in Salt Lake City due largely to the support of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah, the annual summit saw not only race directors but 13 Pro Continental, Continental and Domestic Elite Team directors in attendance as well as several mountain bike stakeholders.

“The race directors really wanted to bring the team owners and directors into the conversation and it was one of the things that we heard as feedback from last year’s summit,” said Tara McCarthy, USA Cycling’s race director certification manager. “The discussion was very positive and everyone came away super happy they attended.”

The group discussed a variety of topics throughout the three-day event hosted by the Salt Lake City Sheraton, including: sponsorship, head injuries, risk management, televising cycling and governance & rule changes. Small constituent groups also broke out to discuss scheduling, applications, team branding and on-site activation. The group also capitalized on networking opportunities over meals sponsored by Visit Salt Lake, Backcountry.com, DNA Cycling and PSA Sports.

“I feel like we all put on these events in a vacuum, so the most important thing to me is the opportunity to meet ‘colleagues,” said Mike Weiss, director of the Tour de Grove, the sixth stop on the 2012 National Criterium Calendar (NCC). “I’m a fairly new race director at this level and so I find the opportunity to tap into all the experience in that room quite worthy. I also thought the panel discussions were so valuable. Hearing from people who are really immersed in different facets of the business is beneficial as we as race directors can’t be experts on every side. I also thought the break-out sessions really got people talking and thinking outside the box. I left with a lot of great takeaways.”

Following USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson’s State of the Sport address, a detailed discussion of USA Cycling’s new results & rankings program was led by Tom Mahoney, results & rankings manager. An insurance and risk management presentation was aimed at race directors while a UCI team break-out session ran simultaneously. Friday’s afternoon session was dominated by sponsorship panel led by Matt Wikstrom, V.P. of Wasserman Media Group and Steve Miller, Senior V.P of the Larry H. Miller Group. Dr. Anna Abramson, founder of the Medicine of Cycling group, also offered a moving presentation on prevention, warning signs and consequences of head injuries in cyclists.

“I think having input from so many men's and women's cycling teams this year was vital as a shared forum with event organizers to strengthen the business of cycling,” said Jackie Tyson, who works as the director of public relations for the Tour of Utah. “The team directors provided valuable feedback for these events to continue to improve as viable entertainment properties, as well as earning opportunities and development platforms for the athletes.”

Saturday morning’s focus turned toward media as USA Cycling Communication Director Andrea Smith moderated a panel of experts on the topic of new media. Jackie Tyson, president of Peloton Sports, Allan Padgett, CEO of Tour Tracker and Jesse Hammond, USA Cycling’s new media manager offered tips on how to capitalize on social media, the emergence of mobile applications, reaching out to the ‘new’ media and more. Medalist Sports’ Jim Birrell then joined forces with Dave Chauner of the TD Bank International to lead discussion on cycling and television. After lunch and a brief break-out session, participants heard from USA Cycling staff on branding and bidding for national events. A panel on moving from a national to a UCI-level event including Karen Weiss, executive director of the Tour of Utah; Don Edberg, director of the Wisconsin Off-Road Series (WORS) and Sean Petty, COO of USA Cycling wrapped up the event on Saturday afternoon.

For USA Cycling the summit marked the completion of its annual ‘summit season’ http://www.usacycling.org/news/user/story.php?id=7143  which included face-to-face dialogue with Local Associations, Sport Committees, junior and high school racing stakeholders and race directors.