13th Annual Phillies Sports Medicine Symposium


Approved for 4.0 Category A CEUs for Athletic Trainers

13th Annual Sports Medicine Conference

Section One Learning Objectives:
  • Identify current diagnostic techniques for UCL injuries in throwers.
  • Review current non-operative and operative treatments for UCL injuries.
  • Identify status and risk factors of overhead injuries in basevall.
  • Review integrated injury prevention strategies.
  • Identify important anatomical structure commonly impaired after elbow surgery.
  • Be able to implement manual therapy to improve elbow range of motion post operatively.

Section Two Learning Objectives

  • Identify the challenges of playing organized sports in the era of COVID-19.
  • Discuss return to sport uncertainties following recovery from COVID-19.
  • Discuss the impact of COVID-19 on athletics.
  • Review sleep and its effect on performance/injury.
  • Discuss good sleep hygiene.

Section Three Learning Objectives

  • Identify non-surgical treatment options for chronic patella tendinopathy.
  • Evaluate surgical and rehabilitation options for chronic patella tendinopathy.
  • Discuss current research on tendon adaptation in response to medical loading, specifically isometric training and time under tension principles.
  • Define what changes occur from adaptations for the material vs. morphological properties, as well as possible neurological benefits of isometric training.
  • Discuss isometric training options in the athletic training room (force frame/free weights/manual resistance).

Education Level: Mastery

Target Audience: AT, PT, OT, MD/DO, PhD, PsyD, RN


  • Injury and Illness Prevention and Wellness Promotion
  • Examination, Assessment, and Diagnosis
  • Immediate and Emergency Care
  • Therapeutic Intervention

Program Type: Virtual Asynchronous

ebpCENTRAL (BOC AP #10138) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to certified athletic trianer. This program is eligible for a maximum of 4.25 Category A CEUs.  ATs should claim only those hours spent in the educational program.

Welcome Message: Michael Ciccotti, MD

Section One: UCL injuries, prevention and therapeutic interventions

The Ulnar Collateral Ligament in Throwers: Where Are We in 2022? 

Faculty Member: Michael Ciccotti, MD 

Dr. Ciccotti, Director of the Sports Medicine Team at the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, is internationally recognized for his work in sports medicine.  He is the Everett J. and Marian Gordon Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at Rothman Orthopaedics and Thomas Jefferson University.  He is currently Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine as well as the Director of Sports Medicine Fellowship and Research at Rothman Orthopaedics and the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.  He also currently serves as the Chairman of the Major League Baseball Medical Advisory Committee, the President of the Orthopaedic Learning Center Board of Directors and the President of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.  He has been the Head Team Physician and Medical Director for the Philadelphia Phillies Baseball Team as well as Saint Joseph’s University sports for more than 25 years. Read Dr. Ciccotti’s full bio, here.

State of Overhead Injuries: What is the Current Evidence Telling and What are We Missing?

Faculty Member: Paul Buchheit, MS, ATC, CSCS

Paul, 38, enters his second season as head athletic trainer with the Philadelphia Phillies. He previously served as an assistant athletic trainer for the Boston Red Sox from 2016-2019. Prior to being an assistant athletic trainer, Paul spent 10 years in the Boston Red Sox minor league system. He held the position of athletic training / medical coordinator from 2012-2015 and prior to that he spent six years as a head athletic trainer at the minor league affiliates. Paul is a native of Sioux City, IA where he became interested in professional baseball as an athletic training intern with the Sioux City Explorers, an independent league baseball team. Paul is a certified athletic trainer and a certified strength and conditioning specialist.

Therapeutic Interventions in Post-Op Elbow for Baseball Pitchers

Faculty Member: Joseph Rauch, DPTT, SCS, ATC 

Dr. Rauch has been working with the Philadelphia Phillies for 6.5 years. Prior to working with Phillies, Joseph worked as a Sports Medicine Coordinator for NovaCare Rehabilitation. He also worked for the University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics for 4 years. He attended the University of Pittsburgh and Widener University.


Q &A Panel Discussion 

Moderator: Michael Ciccotti, MD


Section TWO: COVID19 and Sleep in Athletics 

Welcome Message: Jeremy Close, MD


COVID and the Athlete: Where Are We for 2022

Faculty Member: Marc Harwood, MD

Dr. Harwood is a board-certified non-operative sports medicine physician and serves as the Service Chief of the Non-Operative Sports Medicine Division at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute. He is currently a team physician for the Philadelphia Phillies – a position he has held since 2005. He is a past president of the Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association and is an active member of the Medical Advisory Committee for Major League Baseball. He also serves as a team physician for the St. Joseph’s University NCAA Division 1 athletic program. He is a sports medicine consultant for several local high schools, in addition to caring for elite-level dancers at the Rock School of Dance Education, University of the Arts, BalletX, and the Pennsylvania Ballet. Read Dr. Harwood’s full bio, here.

Sports and Sleep 

Faculty Member: Jeremy Close, MD, FAAFP, CAQSM 

 Dr. Close practices primary care and sports medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He has worked for the Phillies organization since 2014. He was the director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship and established Jefferson’s first Division of Sports & Exercise Medicine. Dr. Close co-directs and volunteers his time for the Athlete Health Organization, providing free comprehensive sports physicals to student-athletes in underserved communities. Dr. Close was born and raised in Colorado. He enjoys many outdoor sports and activities as well as spending his free time with his wife and two children.

Q &A Panel Discussion 

Moderator: Jeremy Close, MD

Section THREE: Tendinopathy Treatment Options

Welcome Message: Stephen Cohen, MD


Treatment of Chronic Patella Tendinopathy After Prior Repair – Treatment Options

Faculty Member: Steven B. Cohen, MD

Dr. Cohen is a board-certified sports medicine surgeon. He is the head team physician to the Philadelphia Phillies and assistant team physician for the Philadelphia Flyers. His other roles include orthopaedic consultant for Immaculata University and Neumann University in addition to Penncrest and Strath Haven High Schools. Dr. Cohen served as the medical director for the Philadelphia Marathon for 10 years.   He currently serves on the medical advisory board for Major League Baseball. Dr. Cohen’s full bio, here.

Tendinopathy: Science and Application of Isometric Training

Faculty Member: Aaron Hoback ATC, CES, PES

Aaron Hoback, 39, enters his 2nd season as an assistant athletic trainer with the Philadelphia Phillies. Prior to being named to his current position, Aaron spent the previous 13 seasons in the Milwaukee Brewers organization after working as the athletic trainer with the Rookie Level Helena Brewers (2007-08), Low-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (2009), Double-A Huntsville Stars (2010-12), Triple-A Nashville Sounds (2013-2014), Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox (2015-2018), and Triple-A San Antonio Missions (2019). Aaron graduated from Western Illinois University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.

Q&A Panel Discussion 

Faculty Member: Steven Cohen, MD



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