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

Click on link below for pdf of the preliminary program:


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


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,FRCSC,MSc(ClinEpi),DipABOS,DipSportsMed(ABOS),FAAOS,CIME,DESS(c),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 Legal Examiner (ABIME)

DESS(c) Master's Degree / Insurance Medicine & Medicolegal Expertise

Diplomate Sport & Exercise Medicine (CASEM)

Arthroscopic & Reconstructive Shoulder, Elbow & Knee Surgery

Medical Director / Urgent Sports Injury & Fracture Clinic

Master of Science / 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  

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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, overcome family medical emergencies, 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/tendinopathies 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 2nd, 2019 for next year’s 5th Annual sports medicine symposium.




Dr. Duong Nguyen (Program Director)



Saturday, February 3rd, 2018


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


1:30 PM -2:00 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







Moderator: Michelle DeMarchi


2:05PM-2:10PM        NSM Symposium 2017 award ceremony: Best Presentation, Best Spirit, Best Creative Movement, Best Participation, Top score on Industry sponsor quiz, and Top score on the post-symposium exam.


2:15PM-2:20PM       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.


2:25PM-2:30PM       Post-ACL Reconstruction / Meniscal Repair Rehabilitation: Controversies in 2018                 

Danielle Froats, Chelsea Connor – Clinical Assistants / Registered Kinesiologists

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

2:35PM-2:40PM       Hip pain & gait abnormalities post-ACL reconstruction / meniscal repair: manual therapy techniques  

                              Elizabeth Frey – Physiotherapist / FCAMPT

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

2:45PM-2:50PM       ACL / Meniscus Rehabilitation in Female Athletes: The Core/Pelvis & 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.


2:55PM-3:00PM       Dance Medicine – Common injuries and manual therapy techniques
Nicola Banger - Physiotherapist

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


3:05PM-3:10PM       EMG muscle activation patterns during functional movement patterns in ACL-deficient knees & post ACL reconstruction – a research collaboration with NorthUmbria University in the United Kingdom.          

                                 Steve Hill - Physiotherapist

                                 Paul Garvey- Physiotherapist

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


3:15PM-3:20PM       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.


3:25 PM- 3:30 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.


3:35PM-3:40PM       Discussion


Moderator: Dr. Duong Nguyen              


3:45PM-4:00PM       PRP & Stem Cell: Current Concepts

                                     Dr. Anthony Galea – Sports Medicine         

Learning Objectives: what is PRP, stem cell, indications, evidence, controversies, injection technique, research.

                                 Injections for Cartilage Defects of the Knee –Prospective Cohort Study Results HA vs. HA + cortisone

Chelsea Connor – Kinesiology

Dr.Duong Nguyen – Orthopedic Surgery / Sports Medicine
Learning Objectives: what is cortisone & HA, indications, evidence, controversies, injection technique, results of cohort study.  


4:05PM-4:10PM       Discussion

4:15PM-4:25 PM       Break  / Viewing of Exhibits

                                 Food & Drinks / Hors-d’oeuvres passed



Moderators: Dr. Neil Dilworth



4:30 PM- 4:35 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.   

4:40 PM- 4:45PM     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.


4:50 PM- 4:55 PM    The Laura Purcell Lectureship - Pediatric sports injuries: special considerations.

                                 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?


5:00 PM- 5:05 PM    Baseball injuries: conditions by positions

                                 Dr. Neil Dilworth– Sports Medicine


5:10 PM- 5:15 PM    Hockey injuries: body checking in youth

                                 Dr. Gary Abraham – Sports Medicine


5:20 PM- 5:25 PM    Mixed Martial Arts: common injuries

                                 Dr. Mukh Aheer– Sports Medicine


                                 Learning Objectives: how to deal with head injury, eye injuries, lacerations, cervical spine management / log roll, ACLS, what happened in the Mayweather/McGregor fight?, role of mouth guards/gloves, legislation on body checking in youth hockey, what to expect if you are covering, reduction & immobilization techniques.


5:30 PM- 5:35 PM     Discussion



Moderator: Dr. Duong Nguyen


5:40 PM- 5:45 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, the role of shockwave in tendinopathies, 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, clinical indications for shockwave, ultrasound vs. bio-electricity vs. combined magnetic field technologies.


5:50 PM-5:55 PM     When your patients get into an MVA: what to expect

                                 Amy Hayer – Lawyer              (Kalsi & Associates)

                                 Thomas Long - 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.


6:00PM- 6:05 PM      Changes in the SABS / Accident Benefits in 2018: 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, hospital based assessment centres.  


6:10 PM- 6:15 PM    New car insurance laws in 2018: updated definitions & rules
Ryan Naimark – Lawyer                 (Naimark Law LLP)


6:20 PM- 6:25 PM     Defining catastrophic impairment

                                 Fabio Longo – Lawyer                    (TriantaLongo LLP)

Kristy Kerwin – Lawyer                   (TriantaLongo LLP)

Learning Objectives: what is a CAT, physical vs. mental impairments, 4th & 6th AMA guide criteria.


6:30 PM-6:35 PM      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.


6:40 PM-6:45PM       Chronic Pain – Definition & Regional block techniques: anatomy & ultrasound guidance
Dr. Sid Chudasama – Anesthesia        (Toronto, Canada)

                                 Learning Objectives: anatomy of the peripheral nerves, femoral vs. adductor canal block, axillary vs. suprascapular nerve, fascia block, benefits of ultrasound guidance.

6:50PM-7:00 PM      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 2018, new assessment tools, return to play vs. return to learn, new research updates, the cervico-vestibular region, manual therapy techniques for concussion. 


7:05 PM-7:10 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.


7:15 PM- 7:20PM     DISCUSSION


7:25PM-7:35 PM       Break / Viewing of Exhibits

                                 Food & Drinks / Hors-d’oeuvres passed

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



Moderator: Dr. Duong Nguyen


7:40 PM- 7:45 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.


7:50PM- 7:55 PM      How to read a paper in 5 min: biostatistics simplified

                                 Dr. David Lawrence– Sports Medicine     (Toronto, Canada)

                                 Learning Objectives: types of research study, what is a p value, confidence intervals, don’t just read the abstract/conclusion!

8:00 PM-8:05 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)

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


8:10PM- 8:15 PM      Motion Tracking Software & ACL Functional Testing

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

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


8:20 PM-8:25PM      DISCUSSION



         Moderator: Dr. Duong Nguyen




8:30 PM- 8:35 PM     Management of Spine Injuries in Athletes

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


8:40 PM-8:45 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.

8:50 PM- 8:55 PM     Lisfranc Injury in the athlete’s foot: anatomy, indications, surgical anatomy, and return to play.

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


9:00 PM-9:05 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)

                                 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.

9:10 PM- 9:15PM      ACL reconstruction graft choices in 2018: bone-patella-bone vs. hamstring vs. quadriceps tendon vs. allograft: how to choose?

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


9:20 PM- 9:25 PM     The Sharon Kim Lectureship - Hand & Wrist injuries in theathlete  

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.


9:30 PM- 9:35 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




                                  FOOD & DRINKS  

                                  Reception passed: hors d’oeuvres/canapes


          Dessert / Coffee station


                                    Electric Violin – Sarah Davidson Gurney


                                   LIVE BAND – God Made Me Funky (featuring Leah Daniels)