Professional Practice Gap and Educational Need

29th Annual Magic City Sports Medicine Conference

May 16th, 2020
Theme: Emerging Concepts and Technology in Sports Medicine

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Conference Objectives

  • Examine common injury mechanisms of the hip, knee and shoulder.
  • Summarize basic anatomy and physiology of the hip, knee and shoulder.
  • Propose strategies for effective collaboration in managing and treating sports injuries.
  • Identify preventative and recondition exercises for the hip, knee and shoulder.
  • Explore the uses and limitation of some of the commercially available wearable technology being used by athletes
  • Discuss the latest research and application behind modern modalites modalities used in recovery

From the BOC Approved Provider handbook: Professional practice gap is the difference between the current state of “what is” and the desireable or achievable state “what should be” in regards to competency, performance and/or patient outcomes. Educational need is defined as the need for education on a specific topic identified by a gap in professional practice. This is the foundation of developing compliant CE programs under BOC requirements.

The goal of any CE activity is to change competence and/or performance and’or patient outcomes.

Professional Practice Gap

The 29th Annual Magic City Sports Medicine Conference is an annual sports medicine conference focused on the education of athletic trainers, physical therapists and other allied health care fields. At the conclusion of the 28th Annual Magic City Sports Medicine Conference, an evaluation from the attendees was collected and those results were tabulated. The results from the evaluations requested specific topics to be discussed by the Orthopedic surgeons such as hip impingement, shoulder instability and advancements in the care of ACL injuries. The results also requested for updates and advancements in the field of orthopedics.

Educational Need

The planning committee for the 29th Annual Magic City Sports Medicine Conference identified topics and speakers to meet the practice gap and educational needs.

The focus of the conference is on the latest technology being implemented in sports medicine as presented from an interdisciplinary team treatment approach. An interdisciplinary team is a group of healthcare providers from different fields who work together or toward the same goal to provide the best care or best outcome for a patient or group of patients. The current research highlights interdisciplinary team patient management in concussion care and diabetes management(1). The 29th Annual Magic City Sports Medicine Conference is highlighting the interdisciplinary team composed of orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and athletic trainers working towards the same goal.

Athletic Trainers and Physical therapist know the basics about management of hip impingement, shoulder instability and ACL injuries from their respective scope of practice. The purpose of these presentations will be to educate both athletic trainers and physical therapists about how each play a crucial role in recognition, treatment and reconditioning of orthopedic conditions.

Athletic Trainers and Physical therapists are also exposed to a multitude of different technology features that may or may not enhance the patient care. The 29th Annual Magic City Sports Medicine Conference is going to present the research on the pros and cons of including specific technology devices into the athletic trainers and physical therapists respective practice.

The conference goal is to present the current research on orthopedic conditions, the dynamics of a healthcare team and the influence that technology has on the management of patients.(2)

  1. Ott, S D., et al. “An Interdisciplinary Approach to Sports Concussion Evaluation and Management: The Role of a Neuropsychologist.” Clinical Neurophysiology, vol. 33, no. 3, 1 May 2018, pp. 319-29. PubMed, doi: Accessed 15 Jan. 2020.
  2. Moffit, D M., and R Lindbeck. “Current Use of Technology in Athletic Training Education.” Journal of Allied Health, vol. 47, no. 4, Winter 2018, pp. 272-76, doi: