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Sports Medicine

7-Night Western Mediterranean Cruise
Round-trip Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
September 01 - 08, 2022
Royal Caribbean's <em>Wonder of the Seas</em>
Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
1.0 Hour of Pharmacology for Nurse Practitioners
14.0 Contact Hours
Course Fees
$895 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, Doctors of Pharmacy, & Dentists
$695 for Physician Assistants
$495 for Nurses, Residents, Students & Others

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives

This educational activity will further the understanding of the learner about sports medicine topics. We will cover musculoskeletal issues so as to improve the comfort zone in dealing with common issues in athletes as well as weekend warriors. We will review hot topics such as recognition, evaluation, and management of concussions and also how to make the sports physical a meaningful interaction. Medical professionals that attend these sessions will leave feeling comfortable recognizing and managing issues in young athletes and active adults. Along with the common conditions, we will also review some more complex "zebras" in the field of sports medicine..

  1. Stress fractures in athletes: Identifying low risk vs. high risk fracture
    • Analyze the causes behind this most common of overuse injuries and help identify common causes. Differentiate those fractures which are low vs. high risk
    • Describe the hallmark presentation of Jones fracture, tarsal navicular and proximal/anterior tibial stress fractures and femoral neck, and be aware of the implications of missing them.
  2. Spine Injuries in athletes: differentiating the workup and management in young athletes and adults
    • Determine a cost effective work-up algorithm for back pain in young athletes vs. skeletally immature
    • Determine the appropriate use of x-rays, MRI, bone scan and CTs.
  3. Ankle Sprains and foot, ankle/heel mimics
    • Recognize simple pediatric overuse injuries of the foot and ankle as timesavers for medical providers.
  4. A systematic approach to assessment of sports shoulder injuries
    • Explain a simple algorithm for the cost-effective work-up of shoulder injuries such as dislocation, separation, impingement and neurologic origin.
    • Differentiate and manage dislocated shoulder vs. separated shoulder.
  5. Initial evaluation and management of sports concussions
    • Analyze the current approach to ward timely diagnosis and initial management of sports related concussion
    • Be aware of factors that predispose athletes to prolonged recovery from sports concussion.
  6. Hand, finger, wrist injuries in athletes (including splinting vs. surgical approach)
    • Discuss A systematic approach to assessment of hand, finger, wrist, injuriesbe aware of those conditions appropriately treated in primary care vs. those less common conditions that require surgical referralDescribe the differences in "jammed finger" injuries from volar plate injury (ligament tear), mallet finger, Jersey finger, and fracture.
  7. Concussion part II - post concussion syndrome, complications, research
    • Review the current research in concussion evaluation and management
    • Be are comfortable with the recognition and treatment options of post-concussion syndrome and some of the other complications of this injury
  8. The pre-participation sports physical: Making it a worthwhile exercise for parents, athletes, and medical personnel
    • Discuss a positive approach to the pre-participation sports physical in gathering valuable medical information, finding the rare "at risk" athlete and doing it in a timely interaction
    • Explain the appropriate work-up of infectious mono and safe return to play.
  9. Exercise induced asthma and vocal cord dysfunction in the approach to athletes with shortness of breath or chronic fatigue
    • Analyze the work-up and differential diagnosis for EIA VCD or other conditions that present with shortness of breath or fatigue
    • Describe the differential diagnosis of shortness of breath in athletes vs. chronic fatigue
  10. The evaluation and management of sports knee injuries in young athletes and adults
    • Differentiate between injuries that can be treated in primary care vs. those where we need to discuss surgical intervention
    • Be aware of and comfortable with recognizing types of knee injuries that occur in active young people and adults
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the University at Sea® meeting group through University at Sea® at 800-926-3775 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.
Faculty

Joseph A. Congeni, MD

Joseph A. Congeni, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), Rootstown, OH
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics & Sports Medicine,Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Athens, OH
Medical Director of the Sports Medicine Center, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH

Joseph A. Congeni, M.D. is the Medical Director of the Sports Medicine Center at Akron Children's Hospital as well an Professor of Pediatrics at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Sports Medicine at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He developed the Primary Care Pediatrics Sports Medicine Fellowship at Akron Children's Hospital, the first of its kind at a pediatric hospital in the U.S. in (1990). He is a (1980) graduate of the University of Notre Dame; and received his medical degree from NEOMED in (1984). Dr. Congeni is currently a team physician for the University of Akron and Archbishop Hoban High School since (1988).

He has won many awards including: the OHSAA Respect the Game Award (2004-2005), the Ohio Athletic Trainer's Association’s Team Physician of the Year Award (2008), and Ohio Outstanding Team Physician by the Ohio State Medical Association (2008), Best Doctors in Northeast Ohio (2009-2022), the Dr. Carl Krill Award for humanism and excellence in the field of medicine from the Knights of Columbus (2013),Sports & Exercise Medicine Godfather, Cleveland Clinic (aka Warthog Society) (2017), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Thomas Shaffer National Award for significant contributions to the field of sports medicine (2018) and most recently was inducted to the Diocese of Cleveland CYO Hall of Fame in (2019).

He is also a lead author on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Baseball/Softball Policy Statement issued March 2012. Dr. Congeni’s media events vary from appearing on NBC’s TODAY Show in 2009 to his appearance on a PBS documentary entitled “The Smartest Team” in 2012 and a Sports Illustrated segment in 2014. He also has been appearing on a weekly radio sports medicine segment since 1995. In addition, he does about 10-15 media appearances and 25-35 speaking engagements, locally, regionally, and nationally per year. Joe and his wife Karen have six children.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

Cruise Itinerary

DATE PORT OF CALL ARRIVE DEPART
Thu Sep 01 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
- 8:00 pm
Fri Sep 02 Naples, Italy
7:00 am 7:00 pm
Sat Sep 03 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Sep 04 Barcelona, Spain
5:00 am 6:00 pm
Mon Sep 05 Palma De Mallorca, Spain
8:00 am 4:00 pm
Tue Sep 06 Provence (Marseille), France
9:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Sep 07 Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy
8:30 am 8:30 pm
Thu Sep 08 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy - Ah, the Eternal City: Romance, culture, food, history and fashion. You'll have to plan your time carefully as the sights of Rome are captivating and seemingly endless: the Colosseum and Forum, the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain and, of course the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel.You can't fit it all in one day (or even a week, to be honest). Be sure to spend at least a couple days enjoying the many pleasures Rome has to offer before you embark on your cruise conference.

Naples, Italy - Capital of Southern Italy, the largest city of Campania, Naples is the third most populated city in Italy (after Rome and Milan), with over a million inhabitants, and is the most important industrial center and trading port for the South. Naples itself can provide a day's fun and entertainment, if its somewhat rundown appearance doesn't dissuade you. Or, join a tour of incredible Pompeii, frozen in time since A.D. 79 when Mt. Vesuvius brought an end to that then-thriving city. Or, take a quick ferry across the bay to the flowery Isle of Capri. Or, (yes, there's more) visit fabulous Sorrento, vacation spot for the well to do.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Barcelona, Spain -

Barcelona is a one of the world's great cities. Stroll down her tree-lined boulevards, the magnificent Passeig de Gràcia or the more touristed Las Ramblas. On the Passeig, shop a serious fashion district while marveling at examples of Mordenisme architecture, seemingly sculpted from the stuff of dreams (Gaudi's masterpiece of a family home, Casa Batlló is well worth a visit). If a trip on the Passeig hasn't convinced you of Gaudi's genius, a visit to La Sagrada Familia Cathedral will do the trick; this fantastic, soaring marvel will live on in your memory long after you've returned.

Not far from the Passeig and just north of Las Ramblas, the Gothic Quarter (the Barri Gotic) provides an abundance of shopping opportunities for all tastes, and a bit of European history to boot - check out the tranquil Cathedral of Barcelona. To see a bit of local life a visit to a food market is a quick, fun detour: try Santa Caterina near the Cathedral or Mercado de La Boqueria, right off of Las Ramblas.

Barcelona's food is also a highlight: stop into a tapas bar and try a variety of delicacies. "Standard" restaurants of every style are available, too. And, there's music, too! Visit an underground jazz club or the magnificent Palau de la Música Catalana; or stop by the Palau Dalmases for a stunning, flamenco performance (it's near the Picasso museum). Did we mention art? One of the largest collections of Picasso's art is found at the Museau Picasso, and a great collection of contemporary, figurative (i.e not abstract) painting and sculpture is housed at the European Museum of Modern Art just around the corner.

It's probably clear by now that you really can't get it all done in a day (even if all means "just the must-sees"). So, stay for a day or three in the Gothic Quarter or near Plaça de Catalunya and really get a feel for what makes Barcelona such a wonderful place. Partly it's the result of the "accidents" of its history and present: as the regional capital of Spain's prosperous Catalunya region, Barcelona has a "flavor" that is a bit of a mix between Spanish and French (it's located quite close to the French border). Yes, you can practice your Spanish here - it attracts Spaniards from throughout the country - but you'll also see and hear Catalan with it's own charm. You won't regret your time here.

Palma De Mallorca, Spain - A rugged island with fine beaches, Mallorca welcomes travelers seeking sun, sea and sand. Its capital city of Palma is home to a lively café and arts scene, historic sights and an Old Town of twisting lanes and hidden courtyards.

Provence (Marseille), France - Marseille offers an unexpected view of a mosaic of buildings and National Heritage Sites from the terraces of Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica that towers above and watches over the city.

Alongside the port the towers of Saint Victor Abbey house crypts that already existed when Christianity was introduced into Provence. The columns of the Palais de la Bourse, the noble facades of the Prefecture and the fountains of the Palais Longchamp are part of the triumphant architecture from the 19th Century that is scattered throughout the city and that gave Marseille renewed splendour.

In the old quarter the houses are built on the sunny slopes ; the clock in the Accoules Bell tower, which was the old Sauveterre tower, still marks the hours of life around the Town Hall, while beyond the dome of the Vieille Charite hospice, Pierre Puget's masterpiece, stands out against the sky. The small streets of the Panier quarter lie a little further on.

Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy - One of Italy's oldest port cities, Livorno is a small but historically rich city. Check out the red-hued Fortezza Nuova, a 16th-century fortress, and the surrounding area known as Nuova Venezia ("New Venice"), and take a mini-sailboat ride through its charming canals. Cruise to Livorno and use the city as your jumping-off point to the beauty of Tuscany: Take the 30-minute drive to Pisa and snap a quintessential picture with the city's famous leaning tower. Or head to Florence — about an hour from Livorno by car or train — where you can see the unmistakable Duomo ("dome") and the Byzantine-style frescoes of Saint John's Baptistery.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
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