Concord University's Athens campus will host a sports medicine conference.
The 2013 Sports Medicine Conference of the West Virginia Athletic Trainer's Association, or WVATA, will take place March 22-23 in the Rahall Technology Center on the university's Athens campus.
Concord's Athletic Training Education Program is hosting the event.
"This is an opportunity to showcase the campus, to showcase the athletic training education program as well as many of our health care personnel we utilize in this area … physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers," said Joseph A. Beckett, professor and director of the Athletic Training Education Program, or ATEP.
"We wanted the conference to have southern West Virginia roots," Beckett said.
A number of the speakers have regional and national reputations with ties to the local area.
Beckett is a graduate of Bluefield High School, as are Dan Martin, chairman of the graduate athletic training program at West Virginia Wesleyan College, and Mike Goforth, head athletic trainer at Virginia Tech.
Jim Kyle, a clinical professor and medical director of the Concord ATEP, is an Athens High School alumnus.
Among the topics to be presented are trends in concussion management, the examination and management of neck injuries, sports trauma in cheerleading, the status of athletic training coverage at West Virginia's secondary schools, functional foot evaluation and gait analysis, and emerging and alternative techniques in treating athletes and returning them to play.
Conference attendees will include nationally certified athletic trainers from across West Virginia and the region, physicians and other healthcare personnel, and students from colleges and universities with nationally accredited ATEPs, according to Beckett.
"The conference has a number of student components," he said. Concord students and other students from across the state enrolled in ATEPs are participating. Along with attending lectures, a select group will compete in the annual WVATA Quiz Bowl and offer oral presentations and posters.
CU's quiz bowl team was runner-up in the event last year. Beckett said the team is preparing for competition again this year. Of the 19 posters accepted, Concord has four and occupies one of only four student oral presentation slots.
Concord's ATEP is one of an elite group of accredited programs in the United States.
In 2009, Concord received an unusual 10-year award of continuing national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Beckett said awards usually are for five years, with some programs receiving seven-year accreditation.
The conference offers 9.25 continuing education units for BOC-certified athletic trainers and three hours of graduate credit through Concord University.
Participants who register by March 1, 2013 receive a discount on the course fee.