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The 47th annual Medical Aspects of Sports seminar is set for Saturday, Feb. 6, and features interactive sports taping demonstrations by faculty and students from UD’s athletic training education program.

Feb. 6: Sports medicine

Annual sports medicine conference features UD and regional experts


2:40 p.m., Jan. 11, 2016--The 47th annual Medical Aspects of Sports seminar will take place at the University of Delaware's Clayton Hall on Saturday, Feb. 6.

The early registration rate of $195 is available through Jan. 29. Full-time matriculated students may register for only $80.

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This one-day program covers topics related to the evaluation and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries to the upper and lower extremities. It is recommended for physical therapists, team and family physicians, athletic trainers, coaches, fitness club personnel, and students or school personnel involved in physical education, recreation and physical fitness programs.

Featured topics this year include ACL rehabilitation, radiology of common sports injuries, hip arthroscopy, joint health after a knee injury and more. An interactive sports taping clinic is an annual feature of the program.

The seminar director is Keith Handling, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology at UD. Presenters include other UD faculty as well as expert practitioners from the region.

This year's presenters from the University's Intercollegiate Athletics Program include sports medicine physician and assistant director of athletics for sports medicine Andrew Reisman, and Daniel Watson, assistant director of athletics for athletic training and head athletic trainer. UD assistant athletic trainers Chelsea Best, Brandon DeSantis and Kelly Stafford, as well as UD graduate teaching assistants Andrea Di Trani and Aaron Struminger, are also presenting.

UD faculty presenters include Angela Hutchinson Smith, assistant professor in the physical therapy department and senior physical therapist at UD’s Physical Therapy Clinic.

The athletic training education program at the University has the distinction of being one of the oldest accredited programs in the nation, with a long history of sharing UD's expertise in this field with the region's professionals through the Medical Aspects of Sports seminar.

As Handling commented, "The seminar helps area practitioners keep current in the field and maintain their certifications, and gives our students a concrete experience which makes them aware of a very important aspect of the field: the need for continuing professional development for athletic trainers." 

The University of Delaware is recognized by the Board of Certification Inc. to offer 8.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to certified athletic trainers for completion of this program. The program is also approved for physical therapy continuing education credits by the Delaware Examining Board of Physical Therapists (0.8 CEUs), Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy (8.0 CEUs) and Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (0.8 CEUs). Physical therapists practicing in other states should contact their state examining board to verify whether this seminar is approved for credit.

The Medical Aspects of Sports seminar is co-sponsored by UD’s Intercollegiate Athletics Program and the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, in cooperation with the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies. 

For more information about this program call 302-831-3474, see the website or write to

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