Diagnosis & Management of Traumatic Abdominal Injuries and Cervical Spine Stingers (E22-1)



Join Dr. Arsh Dhanota and Dr. Alex Vaccaro as they share the most up-to-date evaluation and treatment strategies for traumatic abdominal injuries and c-spine stingers.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the most common subtypes of traumatic abdominal injuries in American football.
  • Review how to triage traumatic abdominal injuries.
  • Review epidemiology and pathophysiology of stinger injuries in collision athletes.
  • Discuss current treatment guidelines and return-to-play recommendations for stinger injuries.


  • Injury and illness prevention and wellness promotion
  • Examination, assessment and diagnosis
  • Immediate and emergency care
  • Therapeutic intervention

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

CE Credits for Athletic Trainers only: 1.0 Category A CEUs; all others receive a certificate of attendance

Delivery Method: Virtual Asynchronous

Difficulty Level: Mastery

Cancellation Policy: Cancel anytime and apply the payment to a future course.

ebpCENTRAL (BOC AP# 10138) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers.  This program is eligible for 1.0 Category A CEU. ATs should claim only those hours spent in the educational program.

Faculty Members:

Alex Vaccaro, MD, PhD, MBA 

Dr. Vaccaro graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston College in 1983 with a B.S. in Biology. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine where he was promoted with “Distinction.” He earned membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society and graduated with honors in 1987. He completed a year of Surgical Internship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA and completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at Thomas Jefferson University where he graduated in 1992. Dr. Vaccaro completed a Spine Fellowship at the University of San Diego, CA. In 2007, Dr. Vaccaro earned a PhD in the field of Spinal Trauma. In 2015, Dr. Vaccaro received his MBA (Master of Business Administration) from Temple University’s Fox School of Business in Philadelphia, PA and graduated with honors. Dr. Vaccaro has served as the president of Rothman Orthopaedics since 2014 and is the Richard H. Rothman Professor and Chairman in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor of Neurosurgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Read his full bio, here.

Arsh Dhanota, MD, CAQSM

Dr. Dhanota is a Sports Medicine Specialist and Founder/Director of the Penn Regenerative Sports Medicine & Orthobiologics Program, specializing in treating patients with a wide variety of sports medicine and musculoskeletal conditions. Serving as director of the Penn Regenerative Sports Medicine & Orthobiologics Program at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Dhanota has developed cutting-edge cell-based treatment protocols for musculoskeletal injuries. His extensive experience treating patients and athletes of all ages, including NCAA Division I and professional athletes, has earned him the prestigious honor of being named a Top Doctor in Sports Medicine. He is currently serving as the Chief Medical Officer of the Philadelphia Eagles.


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