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31st Annual Magic City Sports Medicine Conference

“Zebras and Ducks” Differentiating Between Common & Uncommon Injuries in Athletes


Theme: “Zebras and Ducks” Differentiating between common and uncommon injuries in athletes.


Conference Objectives:

  • Recall basic anatomy
  • Evaluate injuries to determine treatment plans and appropriate referral
  • Design and implement a preventative and reconditioning program for various injuries
  • Promote collaboration within the multidisciplinary sports medicine team
  • Differentiate between common and uncommon injuries.
  • Identify strength training myths and devise functionally appropriate training plans
  • Discriminate between myths and factual nutritional information


Continuing Education Credits: 8.5 BOC Category A Credits

 NSCA Credits – pending approval


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 31st Annual Magic City Sports Medicine Conference is an annual sports medicine conference that focuses on the education of athletic trainers, physical therapists and other allied health care fields. At the conclusion of the 30th 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 shoulder instability, patella instability and specific return to play criteria.. The results also requested for updates and advancements in the field of orthopedics.


Educational Need: The planning committee for the 31st Annual Magic City Sports Medicine Conference identified topics and speakers to meet the practice gap and educational needs.


The focus of this year’s conference is on the “Zebras and Ducks” in sports medicine as presented from an interdisciplinary team treatment approach. The theme of “Zebras and Ducks” differentiating between common and uncommon injuries in athletes was created to get the audience to consider both the traditional and non traditional types of sports medicine injuries.


The term Zebra comes from “the American medical slang for arriving at a surprising, often exotic, medical diagnosis when a more commonplace explanation is more likely.”(2) The topics addressed in this conference cover various injuries from the shoulder to the ankle pointing out the zebra.


The interdisciplinary team of orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, athletic trainers, registered dieticians and strength and conditioning personnel will work towards the same goal of returning an athlete back to their specific sport regardless of the type of injury. The current research highlights interdisciplinary team patient management in concussion care and diabetes management(1) as being very effective. The team at Athletic Medicine and Performance/Ortho Montana have found anecdotally that this holds true in management of sports medicine injuries.


  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. Zebra (medicine), 28 Oct. 2021,