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Nguyen Sports Medicine 4th  Annual Symposium February 3rd, 2018

Click on link below for pdf of the preliminary program:


Date: Saturday, February 3rd, 2018.

Time: 2:00 pm – 1 AM



The Boulevard Club
1491 Lake Shore Blvd. W, Toronto, ON M6K 3C2.   Phone: 416-532-3341


Dress Code: Formal / Black tie optional


Symposium Registration Fee:   150 $ / person


Payment can be made via over the phone by credit card (visa, mastercard, american express) by calling (416) 742-3736, mailing in a cheque, emailing via interac, or by cash.

Register by emailing:  research@nguyensportsmed.comand indicate whether you will be bringing a guest (optional – he/she will also have to formally register and pay the 150$ fee).



Registered Attendees: 250


Symposium Director:


Dr. Duong Nguyen Medicine Professional Corporation MD,MSc(c),FRCSC,DipABOS,DipSportsMed(ABOS),FAAOS,CIME,DipSportMed(CASEM)

Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Subspecialty Board Certification in Sports Medicine (ABOS)

Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (FRCSC/AAOS)

Certified Independent Medical Examiner (ABIME)

Diplomate Sport & Exercise Medicine (CASEM)

Arthroscopic & Reconstructive Shoulder, Elbow & Knee Surgery

Medical Director / Urgent Sports Injury & Fracture Clinic

MSc. Candidate/ Clinical Epidemiology & Health Research Methodology

Adjunct Clinical Professor - McMaster University

2489 Bloor Street West, Suite 102. Toronto, ON. M6S 1R6

Ph:(416)742-3736         Fax:(416)742-2818  

Website:              Email:  


Dear colleagues,


I am pleased to welcome you to the 2018  4th Annual Nguyen Sports Medicine Annual Symposium which aims to gather a broad spectrum of sub-specialties to discuss and debate recent advances in the field of health care, sports performance, orthopedic surgery, and sports medicine. The aim of the symposium is to present a non-didactic, interactive, concise, focused, and practical, ‘use tomorrow’ approach to common clinical scenarios in sports medicine. The perspective is multifaceted and is seen through the lens of the various sub-specialties of primary care medicine, sports medicine, orthopedic surgery, physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic therapy, athletic training, coaching, teaching, nursing, law, politics, and business.


Last year’s sports medicine symposium held on Saturday February 4th, 2017 was a success (  and I would like to again thank the scientific committee, guest speakers, and all attendees for taking the time from their busy family and work commitments, brave the weather and travel from far to attend this special event to share their knowledge.

Learning objectives:  

Improve your knowledge of:


1. The up-to date management of sports-related injuries on and off the field and in the office setting

(epidemiology, mechanism of injury, diagnosis, prevention, treatment)

2. Management of common injuries in specific sports (soccer, basketball, hockey, performance arts) and in special subgroups (female athletes, pediatrics).

3. The anatomy and pathology of injuries with X-ray, MRI & surgical/arthroscopic correlations.

4. The physical examination of the shoulder, elbow, and knee via live hands-on demonstrations, images and videos

5. Surgical indications for sports-related fractures and injuries commonly seen in the office

6. Joint injection techniques with hands-on and video education tools.

7. Management of concussions

8. Recent research advances in the sports medicine literature.


These learning objectives were developed based on requests from the sports medicine community in the Greater Toronto Area throughout the years. Learning is achieved via podium presentations, direct interaction with experts in the field, posters, electronic posters, education booths, videos, practical hands-on sessions, and scientific exhibits. Questions will be posed in the evaluation forms to assess the knowledge achieved by the participants. Answers will be posted on the website after the symposium and the aim is to translate this newly acquired knowledge into better patient care and health outcomes.


I look forward to the lively debates, questions, and contributions from our scientific committee/attendees. 


An ‘Excellence in Sports Medicine Education’ award will be presented to the best presenter of the symposium.


Please also save the date Saturday February 3rd, 2018 for next year’s 4th Annual sports medicine symposium.




Dr. Duong Nguyen (Program Director)



Saturday, February 3rd, 2018


1:00 PM – 2:10 PM   Industry Sponsors / Scientific Exhibits Set-up


1:30 PM -2:10 PM    REGISTRATION – Location: Lounge / Mezzanine / Solarium

                                 Police officer will be on site to assist with safe turning into Boulevard Club

                                 Coat check available in foyer (1:30 pm – 1 AM)                   


                                 Coffee / Drinks  /Fresh Fruit / Cheese Plates/ Sandwiches – Location: Solarium


Dr. Duong Nguyen – Orthopedic Surgery / Sports Medicine

                                 Symposiumlocation: Ballroom






Moderators: Michelle DeMarchi / Dr. Duong Nguyen


2:25PM-2:30PM        NSM Symposium 2016 Best Presentation, Best Spirit, & Best Participation Awards Ceremony


2:35PM-2:40PM       Strengthening, Conditioning & Sports Performance Exercises: How to Avoid a Knee Injury

Scott Howitt – Sports Chiropractor

Learning Objectives: injury mechanisms, key muscle groups to strengthen, techniques.


2:45PM-2:50PM       Post-ACL Reconstruction / Meniscal Repair Rehabilitation: Controversies in 2018                 

Danielle Froats, Chelsea Connor – Clinical Assistants /Registered Kinesiologists

                                 Learning Objectives: when to weightbear, start range of motion, initiate strengthening, initiate open kinetic chain exercises, start running, start plyometrics, and when to return to sports.

2:55PM-3:00PM       Hip pain & gait abnormalities post-ACL reconstruction / meniscal repair: Level 5 manual therapy techniques  

                                   Elizabeth Frey – Physiotherapist / FCAMPT

Learning Objectives: review of anatomy, Quads vs. Gluts Dominance, types of gait,   manual therapy techniques.

3:05PM-3:10PM       ACL / Meniscus Rehabilitation in Female Athletes: Special Considerations  

                                   Yvonne Roberts- Physiotherapist

Learning Objectives: how are female athletes different, neuromuscular pathophysiology, the anatomy & function of the core & pelvis in ACL/meniscus rehab.


3:15PM-3:20PM       Dance Medicine – Common injuries and manual therapy techniques
Nicola Banger - Physiotherapist / FCAMPT

Learning Objectives: causes, looking beyond the knee, tricks/pearls, and manual therapy          techniques.


3:25PM-3:30PM       Bridging the gap between rehabilitation and return to play after a sports injury of the knee  

                                 Paul Garvey- Physiotherapist

                                 Learning Objectives: understanding the player & position, basic sports skill set, neuromuscular training techniques.


3:35PM-3:40PM       Bracing for Sports Injuries (Shoulder, Elbow, & Knee) – Clinical Indications                  

                                 Michelle DeMarchi – Physiotherapist / Osteopath

                                 Learning Objectives: shoulder/elbow/knee bracing, knee neuromuscular optimization, indications, patient matching, pitfalls and controversies.


3:45 PM- 5:50 PM    The female athlete: special considerations

                                 Dr. Laura Cruz– Sports Medicine

                                 Learning Objectives: aren’t men & women the same?, how to deal with eating disorders, menstrual disorders and the terrible triad.


3:55PM-4:00PM       Discussion


Moderator: Dr. Duong Nguyen              


4:05PM-4:10PM       Injections for Cartilage Defects of the Knee – PRP, Stem Cell, Cortisone or HA: how do you choose in 2018?

                                 Dr. Anthony Galea – Sports Medicine         

                                 Prospective Cohort Study Results HA vs. HA + cortisone

Chelsea Connor – Kinesiology

Dr.Duong Nguyen – Orthopedic Surgery / Sports Medicine
Learning Objectives: what is PRP, stem cell, cortisone & HA, indications, evidence, controversies, injection technique, research.


4:15PM-4:20PM        Discussion

4:25PM-4:40 PM        Break  / Viewing of Exhibits

                                 Food & Drinks / Hors-d’oeuvres passed



Moderators: Drs. Neil Dilworth & Duong Nguyen



4:45PM-4:55PM       Sports concussion & return to play: The Berlin 5th International Consensus and updated guidelines in 2018

                                 Dr. Neil Dilworth – Sports Medicine

                                 Siobhan Karam – Physiotherapy

                                 Dr. James Carson – Sports Medicine

                                 Learning Objectives: how to diagnose, updates in 2017, new assessment tools, return to play vs. return to learn, new research updates, the cervico-vestibular region, manual therapy techniques for concussion. 


5:-00 PM- 5:05 PM   The Mark Leung Lectureship - Patella Dislocations in Athletes: Anatomy, Imaging, Surgical Indications & the ‘MPFL reconstruction’ surgery.

                                 Dr. Duong Nguyen– Orthopedic Surgery / Sports Medicine

                                 Learning Objectives: what is the MPFL, initial management of the dislocated patella, not all patella dislocations are created equal, when to operate, MPFL reconstruction rehab protocol.   

5:10 PM- 5:15PM     Management of common injuries in dancers/performance athletes

                                 Dr. Sari Kraft– Sports Medicine

                                 Nicola Banger - Physiotherapy

                                 Learning Objectives: pathoanatomy of the spine/hip/foot in performance artists with special considerations.


5:20 PM- 5:25 PM    Tendinopathies: what’s the role for prolotherapy, shockwave, cortisone, PRP & Stem cell injections.

                                 Dr. Noor Amin– Sports Medicine

                                 Learning Objectives: pathophysiology of tendinopathy, clinical evidence for injections vs. shockwave, return to play criteria.  


5:30 PM- 5:35 PM    Pediatric sports injuries: special considerations. The Laura Purcell Lectureship.

                                 Dr. Leah Hillier– Sports Medicine

                                 Learning Objectives: are children ‘little adults’?, what to do with the growth plate, why does your patient keep changing, what is the 3 for 1 combo?


5:40 PM-5:45 PM     Open Chain Quadriceps Strengthening post-ACL reconstruction: when is it safe to initiate?

                                 Sarah Elliott – Physiotherapist

                                 Learning Objectives: the ACL healing cycle, what is OKC?, when to initiate, controversies.



5:50 PM- 5:55 PM    On-field management of sports injuries

                                 Dr. Neil Dilworth– Sports Medicine

                                 Dr. Gary Abraham – Sports Medicine

                                 Dr. Mukh Aheer – Sports Medicine

                                 Learning Objectives: head injury, eye injuries, lacerations, cervical spine management / log roll, ACLS, reduction & immobilization techniques.


6:00 PM- 6:05 PM     Discussion



Moderator: Dr. Duong Nguyen


6:10 PM-6:15 PM      NSMUrgent Sports Injury & Fracture Clinic – what you don’t want  to miss in the office / on the field / on x-rays. ATLS review, principles of trauma care, and the role of bone growth stimulation in healing /return to play.

                                 Dr. Duong Nguyen – Orthopedic Surgery/Sports Medicine

Learning Objectives: ATLS & musculoskeletal injuries – principles of trauma care, indications for surgery for common fractures & dislocations, ultrasound vs. bio-electricity vs. combined magnetic field technologies.


6:20 PM-6:25 PM     When the athlete gets into an MVA: what your patient can expect

                                 Bobby Kalsi – Lawyer                     (Kalsi & Associates)

                                 Roshanne Atherley - Lawyer           (Kalsi & Associates)

Learning Objectives: types of claims, what are the SABS accident benefits (non-earner benefits, medrehab, attendant care), what is a tort claim, special considerations for athletes.



6:30PM- 6:35 PM      Changes in the SABS / Accident Benefits in 2017: What The Health Practitioner Needs to Know
Al Pace – Lawyer                            (Pace Law LLP)

Learning Objectives: the new SABS landscape, new definitions, new rules, what is the LAT.


6:40 PM- 6:45 PM    Defining catastrophic impairment
Ryan Naimark – Lawyer                 (Naimark Law LLP)

                                 Fabio Longo – Lawyer                    (TriantaLongo LLP)

Learning Objectives: what is a CAT, physical vs. mental impairments.


6:50 PM-6:55PM       Anatomy of lawsuit: what happens after an accident - from injury to settlement
Michelle Kudlats – Lawyer              (Neinstein LLP)

                                 Sonia Leith – Lawyer                      (Neinstein LLP) 

Learning Objectives: what your patient goes through from collision to return to function.


7:00 PM- 7:05PM     DISCUSSION


7:10PM-7:35 PM       Break / Viewing of Exhibits

                                 Food & Drinks / Hors-d’oeuvres passed



Moderator: Dr. Duong Nguyen


7:40 PM-7:45 PM      The Antero-Lateral Ligament (ALL) inACL tears: Current Concepts (Anatomy, Imaging, Surgical Indications, Outcomes, Surgical Techniques, New Research Directions)

                                 Dr. Guillem Lomas – Orthopedic Surgery / Sports Medicine  (New York, USA)

                                 Dr. Duong Nguyen – Orthopedic Surgery / Sports Medicine

Learning objectives: anatomy, role of the ALL, the Lachman & Pivot shift under the microscope, MRI anatomy, is ALL reconstruction necessary?


7:50 PM- 7:55 PM    Nguyen Sports MedicineResearch Institute  - Research Updates in 2018 & Summary of Conference Presentations

                                 Dr. Duong Nguyen – Orthopedic Surgery/Sports Medicine

                                 1. Pediatric ACL reconstruction – All Inside Physis Sparing Surgical Technique

2. Sex, Age, and Graft Size as Predictors of ACL Re-Tear: a Multivariate Logistic Regression of a Cohort of 503 Athletes


                                   3. Medial Patella Femoral Ligament (MPFL) Reconstruction Surgery for Patella Instability


4. Arthroscopic Versus Open Labral Repair for Instability–A Meta-Analysis. Arthroscopic HAGL       repair

                                 5. Allograft ACL Reconstruction in Athletes over 35 – A Cost-Utility Analysis

                                 6. Complex Shoulder Reconstruction - Revision AC Joint (Published Book Chapter)

                                 7. Neuromuscular Training for the Prevention of ACL Tears in Young Female Soccer Athletes – A Health Technology Assessment of the Clinical Evidence & Cost-Effectiveness 

                                 8. Elbow arthroscopy: arthroscopic OCD repair in 2017 – what not to miss in the office.   

9. Meniscal repair & meniscal preservation strategies:a Multivariate Logistic Regression of a Cohort



Learning Objectives: what is physis sparing ACL surgery, risk factors for ACL re-tears,  what is MPFL surgery, is arthroscopic better than open shoulder stabilization, can I use an allograft for ACL reconstruction in the athlete over 35, complex AC joint shoulder reconstruction, what to do to prevent ACL injury, best imaging modality for elbow OCD lesions, the importance of meniscal preservation.




         Moderator: Dr. Duong Nguyen




8:00PM- 8:05 PM      Motion Tracking Software & ACL Functional Testing

                                 Dr. Alex Lee – Sports Chiropractic Therapy     (Toronto, Canada)

                                  Dr. Dana Kulic – PhD / Associate Professor. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo

                                   Learning Objectives: what is the Lachman/Pivot shift, quantifying knee velocity & angular displacement


8:10 PM-8:15PM      DISCUSSION

8:20 PM- 8:15 PM     Management of Spine Injuries in Athletes

                                   Dr. Livia Schirelli – Chiropractic Therapy (Toronto, Canada)

                                   Dr. Chris Raynor – Orthopedic Surgery / Sports Medicine (Ottawa, Canada).

8:20 PM-8:25 PM      Meniscal / Cartilage Repair in 2017: Current Concepts (Anatomy, Imaging, Surgical Indications, Outcomes, Surgical Techniques, New Research Directions)

                                   Dr. Guillem Lomas – Orthopedic Surgery / Sports Medicine (New York, USA)

Learning objectives: anatomy, all-inside repair, outside-in repair, root repair, meniscal   transplantation, microfracture, autograft / allograft OATS cartilage transfer.


Dr. Duong Nguyen – Orthopedic Surgery / Sports Medicine


Lisfranc Injury in the athlete’s foot: anatomy, indications, surgical anatomy, and return to play.


                                    Dr. Ingrid Radovanovic – Orthopedic Surgery / Sports Medicine (Toronto, Canada)   


8:30 PM-8:40 PM      The spectrum of shoulder instability in the athlete: anatomy, imaging, surgical techniques with a special focus on pediatrics & the Latarjet coracoid bone transfer

                                   Dr. Stephanie Hsu – Orthopedic Surgery / Sports Medicine (Georgia, USA)

                                   Dr. Mike Greiwe – Orthopedic Surgery / Sports Medicine (Kentucky, USA)

                  Dr. Steve Goldberg – Orthopedic Surgery / Sports Medicine (Florida, USA)

Learning Objectives: classification, MDI, Beighton criteria, what is a Bankart / SLAP/ ALPSA/ Perthes/ GLAD/ HAGL lesion, labral repair techniques, special considerations in the pediatric athlete, the Latarjet procedure for bone defects.


Suprascapular nerve shoulder entrapment in the overhead athlete: anatomy, diagnostic algorithm, and surgical indications

Dr. Matt Bahu – Orthopedic Surgery / Sports Medicine (Michigan, USA)


8:45 PM- 8:50 PM     Hand & Wrist injuries in theathlete – the Sharon Kim Lectureship

                                    Lauren Riley – Occupational Therapy

                                 Andrea Scott – Occupational Therapy          

Learning objectives: review of anatomy, management of nail bed injury, mallet finger, jersey finger, PIP/MCP joint dislocation, TFCC.


8:55 PM- 9:05 PM     ACL & Meniscal tears: MRI diagnostic pearls with special focus on assessment of healing post-repair
Dr. Josh Mamelak – Radiology  (Toronto, Canada)

                                  Dr. Aiden Moktassi – Radiology (Toronto, Canada)

Learning objectives: don’t just read the report, diagnosing an ACL / meniscus tear on MRI, radiographic stages of ACL / meniscal healing post-surgery, special MRI sequences to assess healing.


9:10 PM- 9:15 PM     Relaxation & meditation techniques for busy health professionals: burn out prevention strategies.

                                  Emilie Etcubanez– RN / MSc. Nurse Educator (Toronto, Canada)

Learning objectives: conquering the stress of practice, strategies & techniques on how to meditate when you don’t have time


9:20 PM–9:25PM      Discussion



                                   FOOD & DRINKS  

                                   Reception passed: hors d’oeuvres/canapes


           Reception served: Food stations (Seafood, Beef, Chicken, Vegetarian)


          Dessert / Coffee station


                                   Live Electric Violin – Sarah Davidson Gurney


                                      LIVE BAND –  ‘Stereoflavour’