High School Athletic Injuries Lecture Event.

Mixing work and play, over 120 sports medicine-related professionals participated in a unique lecture format hosted by the Arizona Sports Medicine Society (AZSMS) on September 29th, 2008. The event, held at the Fox Sports Grille in Scottsdale, Arizona, featured a variety of topics related to common football injuries including, concussions, c-spine, shoulder dislocation and vascular complexities of knee injuries. The lecture program commenced with an hour of networking with fellow colleagues and a roster that included athletic trainers, physicians, physical therapists, coaches, medical students and residents. The event later moved to a private room where a packed-house enjoyed four relevant lectures by fellowship-trained surgeons of The CORE Institute, a premier Phoenix-based orthopedic practice and research center.

Providing this free educational lecture, CORE Institute Drs. John Kearney, Brian Gruber, Jeffrey Lyman and Jason Scalise focused on recognizing the injuries most common in athletes and provided insight on the best treatments for better outcomes on and off the field. All physicians are contributors of the new nonprofit professional membership organization called AZSMS. Utilizing monthly morning meetings, the organization seeks to foster ongoing education within the sports medicine profession by providing speakers that are the best in their field. Providing complementary CEU and CME credits since its launch in April of 2008, the AZSMS plans to launch membership tiers and two local chapters in 2009.

AZSMS was launched with the help of The CORE Institute to promote better understanding throughout the sports medicine community. The CORE Institute was founded in 2005 to fulfill a vision of orthopedic excellence encompassing the entire spectrum of orthopedic sciences. With over 30 physicians on staff, The CORE Institute pioneers orthopedic research and development that advances orthopedic knowledge to combine cutting edge technology and excellence in patient care. All CORE physicians are fellowship- and subspecialty trained and about half are part of the sports medicine program, serving athletes all over the state and around the country, from the little leaguer to the professional athlete.

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