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Young Athlete Conference

Course description

This one day course is designed for ATs, nurses, physicians, PTs, PTAs, occupational therapists and other healthcare professionals that provide care to student athletes. Topics to be covered include baseball and softball pitching injuries, rehabilitation for the throwing athlete, training guidelines for runners, running injuries and proper running mechanics.  Injury prevention for baseball and softball athletes will be discussed as well as demonstrations will be performed for clinical examination of the shoulder and elbow and cardiopulmonary exercise testing.


At the end of this conference the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss segmental speeds across maturation in youth baseball pitchers
  • Explain a pre-throwing program for softball pitchers aiming to reduce recovery time
  • Discuss updates in upper extremity functional testing 
  • Explain indications of barefoot running 
  • Summarize injurious running mechanics in athletes 
  • Discuss the epidemiology of tennis injury patterns  
  • Describe ways for runners to efficiently train for races of differing durations
  • Summarize the phases of the softball windmill pitch 
  • Demonstrate injury prevention strategies for softball athletes
  • Demonstrate functional testing for baseball athletes  
  • Demonstrate cardiopulmonary exercise testing 
  • Demonstrate biomechanical corrections for the running athlete 
  • Demonstrate physical examination of the shoulder and elbow

Course Registration Fee: $125
Student Registration Fee: $70
Children’s Mercy employees: No cost 

Tuition includes course materials, breakfast, lunch and refreshments

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