Olympian Groff to Lead Off Shoulder Injury Workshop
November 01, 2012
The Sports Medicine Team at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) is inviting athletes of all ages - as well as the people who train, coach, and support them - to a November 29 discussion of how to treat and prevent injuries of the shoulders.
Olympic triathlete Sarah Groff will lead off Shoulder Injuries 101, which is aimed at anyone playing sports involving movement of the shoulder, such as golf, tennis, swimming, basketball, volleyball, and baseball, and at their parents, coaches, school nurses, and athletic trainers.
"As the most mobile joint in the body, the shoulder is particularly susceptible to injury," says D-H shoulder specialist Charles Carr, MD. "The shoulder plays a vital role in most athletic activities, and even minor loss of shoulder function due to injury or wear can be significantly disabling. Recently developed non-operative and operative techniques can often help restore the shoulder to its pre-injury level."
Shoulders 101 will take place in DHMC's Auditoria E and F, between 6 and 9 pm To sign up in advance, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (603) 650-8867.
Groff, a Hanover, NH, resident who placed fourth at the 2012 Summer Games in London and ranked third in the women's World Cup rankings for 2011 - will recount her Olympic experience and talk about how fellow triathletes rehabbed from injuries to the clavicle.
Michael Sparks, MD, leader of D-H's Sports Medicine division and director of the Sports Concussion program, will give opening remarks. After Groff's presentation, D-H orthopaedist Kristine Karlson, MD, a former Olympic rower who served as a team doctor for the U.S. Olympic team at Beijing in 2008, will lead a primer on the anatomy of the shoulder and the elbow.
Next, orthopaedist John Nutting, MD, will describe how the rotator cuff tears and when and whether the athlete should undergo surgery.
D-H physical therapist Chad Howland, PT, will offer tips for preventing common injuries of the shoulder, particularly for baseball pitchers, tennis players, and swimmers.
Orthopaedic surgeon Mark Silbey, MD, medical director of Sports Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, will explain and demonstrate how athletes can damage the shoulder while throwing and swinging.
Carr will describe how doctors diagnose instability in the shoulder, while colleague John-Erik Bell, MD, will cover the options for treating instability and the process of deciding whether to operate.
And after Keith Loud, MD, MSc, section chief of general pediatrics at D-H, recommends ways to help coaches of youth sports limit wear and tear from throwing and other athletic activities, the floor will open to participants to ask questions of the panel.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock is a national leader in patient-centered health care and building a sustainable health system. Founded in 1893, the system includes New Hampshire's only Level 1 trauma center and its only air ambulance service, as well as the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 40 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation, and the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state's only Children's Hospital Association-approved, comprehensive, full-service children's hospital. As an academic medical center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock provides access to nearly 1,000 primary care doctors and specialists in almost every area of medicine, as well as world-class research at the Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.
For more information contact David Corriveau at (603) 653-1978.