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2018 Conference: Extreme Sports Medicine*

Continuing Education Course for Sports Medicine Professionals

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Educational Need or Practice/Knowledge Gap

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Learning Objective

  • Illustrate typical behavior patterns and personality traits in Extreme Sport Athletes
  • Identify common injuries/illnesses in Extreme Sports
  • Develop a best practices model for safety and injury prevention
  • Implement reconditioning strategies and techniques for extreme sport athletes


"Rock Climbing Basics and Safety"

Located at: SteepWorld Climbing and Fitness by the Climing Instructors. First Come First Serve. Registration in person from 7:00am - 8:00am prior to the start of the conference. Waiver form must be signed.

SteepWorld Climbing and Fitness
1230 S 31st St W
Billings, MT 59102

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Time Title Doctors
7:00 AM - 8:00 AMRegistration for:
"Rock Climbing Basics and Safety"
Limited Availability
Conference Emcee - Ben Phipps, MD
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM"Epidemiology for Extreme Athletes"
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Ben Phipps, MD
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM"From Miracle Boy to Bucket Boy"
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Jeff Brame
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM"Inside the Mind, and Soul, of the Extreme Athlete"
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Vern Streeter
10:00 AM - 10:10 AMBREAK 
10:10 AM - 10:40 AM"Medical Preparation for the Extreme Environment"
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Steve Halvorson, MD
10:40 AM - 11:10 PM "Nutritional Considerations for the Extreme Athlete"

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Ultralight Recipes for Outdoor Explorers Cookbook - cookbook from presentation
Beth Hall, RD
11:10 PM - 12:10 PM"Mental Profiles for the Extreme Athlete"
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Bryan Dorrel
12:10 PM - 1:10 PMLUNCHProvided by Yellowstone Kelly's
1:10 PM - 1:40 PM"Deep Powder Skiing Hazards"
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David Shenton, MD
1:40 PM - 3:40 PM "Reconditioning Components for Extreme Athletes"Break-Out Sessions
20 minute presentations. Participants will get to attend each session.
A:Blood Flow Restriction Basics
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Gary Kuykendall, PT
  Kristine Peterson, PT
B:Perturbation & Balance Training
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Taylor Canfield, ATC
  Richard England, MD
C:TRX - Suspension Strap Training
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Travis Laird, PT
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Taylor Purchio, ATC
3:40 PM - 5:30 PM*"Rock Climbing Basics and Safety"SteepWorld Climbing and Fitness Instructors

*Starts at 4pm. Must have signed up at morning registration and waiver must be signed. Located at SteepWorld. Approximately 20 minutes required for driving time.

Speaker Bios


The 2008-2009 Sport Medicine Fellow at Ortho Montana, Dr. Phipps is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, a board certified Family Practice physician, and he completed his residency at the Montana Family Medicine Residency Program, serving as chief resident. He is a team physician for Rocky Mountain College, Montana State University - Billings and Billings School District II football. Dr. Phipps has spent the past year educating the medical community, coaches, athletic trainers, parents & athletes about concussions. In his “spare time” he enjoys wilderness and sports medicine as well as hunting, fishing and backpacking.


Owner/Guide at Beartooth Guides based out of Red Lodge, Montana. Austin has 10 years of experience climbing, skiing, mountaineering and guiding in Montana, Wyoming and Washington with expedition experience in Chile, Canada and Africa. Professional ski patrol, owner/operator of Beartooth Basin Summer Ski Area. AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor. Avalanche Level 2. Holds BS and MS degrees in Geology.


Vern Streeter is the Lead Pastor of Harvest Church. Prior to planting Harvest, Vern was a youth pastor for 10 years at Faith Evangelical Church in Billings, MT. Vern has a bachelor's degree from Biola University and a master’s from Dallas Theological Seminary He is married to Ramie and has two daughters: Emily is a nurse and is married to Scott. They live in Bozeman, MT. Madeline is studying Kinesiology at Boise State — and is on the Spirit Squad cheering for the Broncos. After 3 knee surgeries and 3 neck surgeries, Vern just sorta’ lies around in his free time


Dr. Steve Halvorson is a Family Medicine doctor who has training in emergency medicine. He is currently working out of Bozeman, Montana. During his free time he teaches the occasional WALS (Wilderness Advances Life Support Training) courses and he teaches a two-week med student elective in the summer for a handful of Canadian schools. He enjoys traveling. Last year he was back in Nepal teaching rope rescue/wild med for the Khumbu Climbing Center. Then two years ago, he was teaching a CME course on Aconcagua and then providing expedition physician coverage on a research project in the Peruvian Andes. Dr. Halvorson is the co-medical director for the ultra-endurance run Hardrock Hundred, occasionally helps out with other ultra-endurance runs and acts as physician advisor for a couple youth outdoor groups and one guide outfit.


Beth is a registered dietician who received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Idaho, attended the Royal Academy of Agricultural and Life Science in Copenhagen, Denmark and completed her Graduate coursework in Clinical Nutrition at Rutgers. She divides her time by helping people in both clinical nutrition and community nutrition. She is the founder and managing dietitian at Big Sky Nutrition and Wellness, LLC.


A graduate of Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals in Provo, Utah where he attained his doctorate in Philosophy in Athletic Training. He currently works at Tarleton State University as an assistant professor in the Masters of Athletic Training Program. He is a certified athletic trainer since 1997.


A graduate from the University of Louisville Medical School, Dr. Shenton was fellowship trained in Sports Medicine at the Cincinnati Sports Medicine Program. He is a team physician for Rocky Mountain College, Montana State University – Billings and Billings School District II football. He is an avid athlete that likes to participate in skiing and fitness activities. Dr. Shenton began the Magic City Sports Medicine Conference in 1992


Gary is currently a physical therapist at Ortho Montana. He is a graduate of the University of New England and Eastern Montana College. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a member of the American Physical Therapy Association. He has experience working in orthopedic outpatient and nursing home/acute care/hospital settings.


Kristine completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy program and received her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training at University of Montana in Missoula, MT. She is currently employed by Ortho Montana. Kristine is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and National Athletic Trainers Association.


Taylor completed his Masters in Athletic Training from Montana State University Billings. He is currently employed by Ortho Montana where he provides athletic training services to Rocky Mountain College with a focus on care for the football team. He enjoys spending time with his family and running.


Dr. England is the current sports medicine fellow at Ortho Montana. He completed his residency at Southern Illinois University and his Doctor of Medicine at ST. Matthew’s University School of Medicine in the Cayman Islands. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing/watching sports, camping, traveling and cooking. He also has a huge sports card and memorabilia collection where he has traveling around to different venues in the country displaying and selling some of his collection.


Travis is a Physical Therapist who currently works at Ortho Montana.


Taylor is a graduate of the University of Montana for both is Bachelors and Masters degrees. He is a certified athletic trainer. He works for Ortho Montana and his primary responsibilities are to provide athletic training services for Billings American Legion Baseball and for Billings Senior High School. He enjoys spending time golfing, playing softball and spending times with his friends.

How to Register



Pricing Per

Breakfast/Lunch Provided

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For more information contact

Stacy Molt


Mansfield Health Education Center
St. Vincent Healthcare Campus
2900 12th Ave. North #30W, Billings, MT

Continuing Education

Ortho Montana (BOC AP #: P597) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program eligible for a maximum of 8.0 Category A hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

Application has been made for .6 NSCA CSCS.

PT credits have been awarded in the past for this conference, but the Montana chapter of the Physical Therapy Association (MAPTA) does not pre-approve credits.

AMP Policies

AMP Cancellation policy: A full refund is provided to all participants who cancel at least 5 days in advance. Written notice is to be provided to the conference coordinator.

AMP Grievance Policy: Any attendees who are dissatisfied with the programming should report the specifics of their dissatisfaction to the coordinator of the specific programming within 10 business days of the programming.

The coordinator of the programming has 10 business days to investigate the grievance & address the attendees concerns.