Matthew Slater

Conference Details

Conference Name: Comprehensive Management of the Interscholastic Athlete

Location: Putnam Club West, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA

Date & Time: June 23, 2022, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Mass General Brigham Sports Medicine is thrilled to announce our Keynote Speaker, Matthew Slater of the New England Patriots.

Presented by: Mass General Brigham Sports Medicine

Conference Description

Comprehensive Management of the Interscholastic Athlete is an interprofessional conference that will cover a range of topics addressing the importance of the "team" approach in the interscholastic and academic environment. This one-day meeting is taught by clinical experts, administrators, and content specialists with years of experience and practical application.

Program topics include but are not limited to:

  • Management of both the professional and interscholastic athlete and how these two approaches are related and can be implemented in your school
  • Updates to statutes and regulations and what this means for your athletic program
  • Interventions and opportunities for student athletes with disabilities
  • Comprehensive concussion management
  • The impact of COVID-19 on return to play
  • Sports performance programming
  • And sessions surrounding common injuries and how to best manage these injuries on/off the field and in/out of the classroom setting

Conference participants engage with the material through presentations, interactive panel and roundtable discussions, template creation, and policy development. This learning process will assist both clinical and administrative professionals with integrating acquired knowledge into their athletic programs at both the secondary and collegiate-level. This curriculum is well-suited for athletic trainers, athletic directors, nurses, coaches and all those involved in providing care to the student-athlete. 

Conference Planning Committee:

  1. Debra Abele RN, DNP, Magnet Program Director, SRN
  2. Michael Belanger, PT, MSPT, ATC: Director of Athletic Training, Mass General Brigham Sports Medicine
  3. Lynne Brady Wagner, MA, CCC-SLP, MRMC, HEC-C: Chief Learning and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, SRN
  4. William Desjardins, M.S. L/ATC: Regional Supervisor of Athletic Training, Mass General Brigham Sports Medicine
  5. Pierson Devers: Project Manager, Mass General Brigham Sports Medicine
  6. Nicole Durand, PT, DPT, MHA: Conference Lead, Project Manager, Mass General Brigham Sports Medicine
  7. Richard Scott Gassett, PT, MBA: Vice President, Mass General Brigham Sports Medicine
  8. William Stewart, ATC, CSCS: Center for Athletes Manager, Wentworth Douglass Hospital Rehab
  9. Terence Yang: Program Manager, Mass General Brigham Sports Medicine
  10. James Zachazewski, PT, DPT, ATC: Senior Athletic Trainer, Mass General Brigham Sports Medicine

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Conference Objectives

  1. The learner will be able to outline the necessary components for creating a successful comprehensive clinical team to care for injured/ill student athletes.
  2. The learner will be able to list specific clinical strategies for managing a variety of a student's injury/illness/other medical issue.
  3. The learner will be able describe successful methods for returning a student to academics and athletics.

Education Level: Advanced

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Target Audience

Comprehensive Management of the Interscholastic Athlete is focused toward:

  • Athletic trainers
  • Athletic directors
  • School nurses
  • Interested coaches
  • All those involved in providing care to the student-athlete

Conference Agenda

A continental breakfast will be provided during registration/check-in. Lunch will be included as part of the conference, please e-mail any dietary restrictions to ndurand1@partners.org.

7:30 am - 8:30 am: Registration
8:30 am - 9:15 am: Welcome and Keynote: Matthew Slater, New England Patriots

Matthew Slater is a special teams specialist for the New England Patriots. He was first drafted in 2008, and is entering his 15th NFL season with the Patriots. He is a three-time Super Bowl champion (2014, 2016, 2018), has made first team All-Pro twice (2016, 2019), and has played in ten Pro Bowls (2011-2017, 2019-2021).

9:15 am - 10:00 am: Comprehensive Medical Management of the Professional Athlete

Course Description:

This course is designed to give the participant an overview of the key players of the professional athlete’s comprehensive medical team. The course speakers and panel participants will feature clinicians from the New England Patriots, Mark D. Price, MD, PhD and James Whalen, ATC (Head Athletic Trainer), as well as Daryl Nelson, ATC (Director of Organizational Development), and Matthew Slater. The course and panel discussion will be moderated by one of Boston College’s team physicians, Timothy Foster, MD and will delve further into how the medical team supports one another, the communication needed for the care of the athlete, the trust that is developed between the different team members, and the importance knowing how and when to refer to others.

Panel:

  • Daryl Nelson, MS, ATC
  • Mark D. Price, MD, PhD
  • Matthew Slater (New England Patriots)
  • James Whalen, ATC
10:00 am­ - 10:15 am: Break
10:15 am - 11:00 am: Updates to Statute and Regulations: How It Impacts Your Athletic Programs

Course Description:

This course has been designed to provide the participant an overview of the recent statue and regulation changes in the AT Practice Act and will include a deep discussion as to how it impacts your athletic program. Some of the updates include the need for written relationships between the AT/ Team Physician, the importance of having concussion policies, and EAPs.

Speakers:

  • James Zachazewski, PT, DPT, ATC, SCS

Panel:

  • Eric Berkson, MD
  • Robert Colandreo, MS, ATC
  • Christianne Eason, PhD, ATC
  • Michael Kolosky, DO
  • William Stewart, ATC, CSCS, PES
11:00 am - 11:45 am: Comprehensive Medical Management of the Interscholastic Athlete

Course Description: 

This course has been designed to present the elements of a comprehensive medical team on/off the sidelines to manage the student athlete. The course will review the fundamental components of the clinical and administrative team players, the importance of communication between the team, the need for strong documentation strategies, and the need for policy development to improve the care of your athletes. The speakers and panel participants will include team physicians, athletic trainers, as well as other pertinent members of the interscholastic athlete’s “team” including the athletic director, physical therapist, school nurse, and strength and conditioning coach.

Speakers:

  • Michael Belanger, PT, ATC
  • Christian Lattermann, MD

Panel:

  • Simon Görtz, MD
  • Anthony Costa, ATC
  • Matthew McCormick, MS, CF-L2, CES
  • Daniel McGovern, PT, DPT, ATC
  • Stephen Traister 
11:45 am - 12:00 pm: Collaborative Application of Policies and Programs

Course Description:

Practical applications from the morning’s discussions with the purpose of summarizing the main points, outlining the afternoon’s agenda, and preparing attendees for the breakout sessions to come.

Speaker: Michael Belanger, PT, ATC: Director of Athletic training at Mass General Brigham Sports Medicine

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch (included)
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm: Breakout of Choice #1

See below for full descriptions of breakout session choices.

1:50 pm - 2:00 pm: Break
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm: Breakout of Choice #2

See below for full descriptions of breakout session choices.

2:50 pm - 3:00 pm: Break
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm: Breakout of Choice #3

See below for full descriptions of breakout session choices.

3:50 pm - 4:00 pm: Break
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm: Importance of Team Approach for Lifelong Success

Course Description:

The team approach is not only important for the success of an interscholastic athletic program, but it’s also imperative to take this approach throughout life, whether managing students/athletes from the administrative aspect or the clinical aspect, it is important to have a “team” in your corner.

Speaker: Michael Belanger, PT, ATC: Director of Athletic training at Mass General Brigham Sports Medicine

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm: Networking Session

Breakout Sessions 

Each conference participant chooses three breakout sessions, and you will be provided with your specific conference schedule at registration.

Pre-season Preparation: The Importance for Injury Prevention

Course Description:

A significant number of injuries can be associated to improper pre-season preparation or lack of a sports performance program altogether. This course is designed to provide the participant with an overview of some of the more common overuse injuries in the LE and trunk as well as provide several assessment techniques and interventions. The second part of this course will be focused on the design of a pre-season sports performance program template for your athletes based on the sports’ needs.

Speakers:

  • Adam Tenforde, MD
  • Haylee Borgstrom, MD
  • Josh Lucas, ATC, SCS

Round Table:

  • Brian Phillips
Concussion Management for the Interscholastic Athlete

Course Description:

The focus of this course will be a deeper dive of the Concussion Management of the Interscholastic Athlete. This will include outlining important changes in policy and reporting needs, development of concussion management tools, and the necessary communication between the Concussion team. The course will feature speakers from Mass General Brigham’s Concussion Service Line and will involve round table input from local athletic directors and school nurses to provide insight into athlete management.

Speakers:

  • Nathan Cook, PhD
  • Phillip Madore, MS, LAT, ATC, PES, ITAT

Round Table:

  • Sara Martin, MA
  • Adam Bennett, MS, LAT, ATC
Injury Intervention Strategies and Sports Participation Opportunities for Interscholastic Athletes with Disabilities

Course Description: 

This course is designed to provide greater insight for the interscholastic athlete with disabilities including how to recognize, treat and care for the athlete, as well as when and with whom to collaborate. The course will review the sports, activities, and opportunities available and outline resources for the athlete who is interested in participating in local programs. The course will feature speakers heavily involved in sports programming for students with disabilities including Cheri Blauwet, a Paralympian, and physiatrist within Mass General Brigham Sports Medicine, Bill Stewart, the Director of Rehab Services at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Somersworth, NH, joined by several panelists who are also working to expand the opportunities available to athletes with disabilities.

Speakers:

  • Cheri Blauwet, MD
  • William Stewart, ATC

Round Table:

  • Mary Jean Hippern
  • Joe Walsh, MS, MEd
  • Joseph Cusack
Injury Management Refresher: Common Musculoskeletal Injuries in the School Setting

Course Description:

There are a significant number of injuries that can occur on the school grounds- whether on the field, in the classroom, in the gymnasium, or walking in the hallways. This course is designed to provide an overview of the common athletic injuries sustained in the school setting, tips and tricks for proper assessment and intervention, as well as management strategies, including when and who to refer to should the student need additional care.

Speakers:

  • Will Desjardins, M.S. ATC
  • Jennifer Hopp, MD, CAQSM
Interscholastic Athletic Health Care Post-COVID-19: Lessons Learned and Policy Implementation

Course Description:

This course is designed to provide the participant an overview of the management of the post-COVID athlete and the need for involvement of the entire team both from the clinical and administrative side. This course will not only provide an overview of the clinical impacts of COVID to the interscholastic athlete, but the policies and procedures needed in place for a safe return to play. It will highlight the need for communication and support across the team and what the future holds for future athletic seasons, updated guidelines, or changes in COVID-19 transmission rates.

Speakers:

  • James Zachazewski, PT, DPT, ATC, SCS

Round Table:

  • Lauren Mellet, PT, DPT
  • Amy Leonard, ATC
  • Amy Daniels
  • Sabine Jean-Louis, DNP, FNP-BC, MSN, RN
  • Lauren Simmons MS, LAT, ATC
Critical Incident Management: The Importance of the Emergency Action Plan

Course Description:

It is extremely important to have a plan in place to manage a critical incident. The updated statutes and regulations have made it imperative that athletic programs have outlined emergency action plans and policies for various injuries that occur during practices or games. The focus of this course is to provide an overview on the importance of policy development, outline the important considerations when creating policies for your athletic program, as well as design a policy template for future use. The participants will hear from several speakers including athletic trainers, athletic directors, school nurses, as well as a presentation from the Korey Stringer Institute on the importance of policy development and how they can help your school.

Speakers:

  • Mike Belanger, PT, ATC
  • Christianne Eason, PhD, ATC

Round Table: 

  • Greg Ceglarski, MS
  • Avery Esdaile
  • Peggy Perez- DeLeon, RN

Components of this program may be cancelled or adjusted due to unexpected circumstances. Notice will be provided expediently.  Though these situations will be regrettable, we will not be responsible for inconveniences incurred due to program changes.

Faculty (In Order of Appearance)

  • Mark D. Price, MD, PhD
    Head Team Physician and Medical Director, New England Patriots; Team Physician, Boston Red Sox; Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School
  • Jennifer Hopp, MD, CAQSM
    Medical Director, Women's Sports Medicine Program- WDH, Team Physician, UNH
  • James Whalen, ATC
    Head Team Athletic Trainer, New England Patriots
  • Nathan Cook, PhD
    Pediatric Neuropsychologist, Sports Concussion Program, MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service, Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School
  • Daryl Nelson, MS, LAT, ATC
    Director of Organizational Development for the New England Patriots
  • Philip Madore, MS, LAT, ATC, PES, ITAT
    Mass General Brigham Senior Athletic Trainer and Concussion Care Coordinator
  • Timothy E. Foster, MD, MBA, MS
    Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at NWH; Team Physician for Boston College
  • Adam Bennett, MS, LAT, ATC
    Mass General Brigham Athletic Trainer
  • Eric Berkson, MD, MA
    Team Physician Boston Red Sox; Assistant Professor Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School    
  • Sara Martin, MA
    Athletic Director at Tri-County RVTHS, Certified Athletic Administrator
  • James Zachazewski, PT, DPT, ATC, SCS
    Mass General Brigham Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist, Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist
  • Lauren Simmons, MS, LAT, ATC
    Mass General Brigham Athletic Trainer
  • Michael Kolosky, DO
    Medical Director, Musculoskeletal Department, North Shore Physicians Group
  • Amy Leonard, ATC
    Clinical Supervisor of Athletic Training at Mass General Brigham Sports Medicine
  • Michael Belanger, PT, ATC
    Director of Athletic Training at Mass General Brigham Sports Medicine, Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist
  • Lauren Mellett, PT, DPT
    Mass General Brigham Physical Therapist, Board-Certified Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Clinical Specialist
  • Christian Lattermann, MD
    Chair of BWH Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
  • Amy Daniels
    Senior Programs & Operations Manager Athletics Department within Boston Public Schools
  • Simon Görtz, MD
    Faculty Member in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Sabine Jean-Louis, DNP, FNP-BC, MSN, RN
    Nurse within Boston Public Schools
  • Stephen Traister
    Director of Athletics, Dedham Public Schools
  • Christianne Eason, PhD, ATC
    President of Sports Safety at Korey Stringer Institute (KSI)
  • Anthony Costa, ATC
    Mass General Brigham Athletic Trainer
  • Greg Ceglarski, MS
    Athletic Director at Marblehead High School
  • Adam Tenforde, MD
    Sports Medicine Physiatrist, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School
  • Avery Esdaile
    Senior Director of Athletics within Boston Public Schools
  • Matthew McCormick, MS, CF-L2, CES 
    Strength and Conditioning Coach at Dedham High School
  • Peggy Perez-DeLeon
    Nurse within the Boston Public Schools
  • Daniel McGovern, PT, DPT, ATC
    Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Fellow Applied Functional Science, Outpatient Rehabilitation Department, Newton-Wellesley Hospital; Instructor, Department of Physical Therapy, MGHIHP; Physical Therapist, Boston College Athletics
  • Cheri Blauwet, MD
    Director, Kelley Adaptive Sports Research Institute; Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School; Orthopaedic Surgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Haylee Borgstrom, MD
    Sports Medicine Physiatrist, Instructor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School
  • William Stewart, ATC, CSCS, PES
    Center for Athletes Manager, WDH Rehab at Marsh Brook
  • Joshua Lucas, ATC, SCS
    Mass General Brigham Athletic Trainer
  • Mary Jean Hippern
    DHS Unified Liaison
  • Brian Phillips
    Athletic Director at Pembroke High School
  • Joseph Walsh, MS, Med
    President of Adaptive Sports New England
  • William Desjardins, MS, ATC
    Senior Regional Supervisor of Athletic Training at Mass General Brigham
  • Joseph Cusack
    Athletic Director at Foxborough High School

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Accreditation

Board of Certification, Inc. approved CE provider for the athletic trainer

Certified Athletic Trainers:

The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network* (BOC AP#: P2855) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers (ATs). This program is eligible for a maximum of 5.25 Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

*SRN is a member organization of MGB

Registered Nurses (Nurses/Nurse Practitioners)
logo for Jointly Accredited Provider for Interprofessional Continuing Education

MGH Institute of Health Professions* designates this activity for 5.25 contact hours for nurses. The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ANCC.

In support of improving patient care, MGH Institute of Health Professions is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

*MGH Institute of Health Professions is a member organization of MGB

Criteria for successful completion: attendance at the entire live conference and completion of the post-evaluation form.

Disclosure: The conference planning group adheres to the principles of transparency related to any potential conflict of interest.  Planners, speakers and anyone who may have an influence on the content of a continuing education activity are asked to disclose any relationship, financial and/or non-financial, they may have to companies producing pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, devices, etc. They will also demonstrate compliance with copyright laws and have ownership or permission to use all materials shared in conjunction with the presentation. The planning group will disclose to attendees any relationship that may be germane to the topics presented.  Such disclosure is not intended to suggest or condone bias, but provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a given presentation. Presenters also attest to demonstrating high standards of professional conduct and non-discrimination. The disclosures are made prior to the presentation in the conference materials.

Additionally, disclosures will in good faith abide by the guidelines of any continuing education provider organization partners.

Registration and Fees

Costs (space is limited):

Early Registration (prior to June 1): $75  

June 1- June 22: $100  

June 23 (day of): $125  

Students: $50 (no deadline)

Mass General Brigham Sports Medicine - Sideline Athletic Trainers: Free

Employees of Mass General Brigham Contracted High Schools (before June 1st): $75  

Cancellation policy: We reserve the right to adjust components of this program or to cancel the program for unexpected occurrences.  Notice of changes or cancellation will be provided expediently. Upon cancellation of a course, a refund for the price paid for the course will be given. Though these situations are regrettable, we will not be responsible for inconveniences incurred due to program changes.

A processing fee of $50 will be charged when the registrant provides written notice of cancellation of their attendance less than 14 business days prior to the program date.

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Location

Putnam Club, Gillette Stadium West
One Patriot Place
Foxborough, MA 02035

(Located in Patriot Place, directly across from retail, restaurants, and hotels)

Hotel Information:

Rooms have been blocked for conference attendees at the Hilton Garden Inn in Patriot Place.

Attendees can book their room until May 25, 2022 using this link.

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