The Power of Innovation- Don’t miss the 2017 Team Concept Conference

Make sure to stop by the MeyerPT booth to check out the Breakout sessions below:

Fri 12/1 9:55 – 10:35 am Kevin Wilk, PT, DPT, FAPTA Rehab Protocols
Sat 12/2 9:50 – 10:30 am Sue Falsone, PT, ATC, CSCS, COMT Dry Needling Facts


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Session I:
Performance Enhancement for the Athlete
The Science & Application of Blood Flow Restriction Therapy in Sports Medicine

New treatments, new devices, and the utilization of Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Therapy in Sports Medicine are continually evolving. Some of these advances improve upon the delivery of clinical care and ultimately become the standard, while others fade away as they are shown to be ineffective in clinical practice. The process of acceptance and validation versus rejection as a failed option takes time, as anecdotal evidence of effectiveness is replaced with objective evidence in the Science & Application of BFR Therapy in Sports Medicine. Few established treatments in sports medicine are based on large randomized clinical trials and thus the practitioner must critically evaluate the rationale and supporting evidence for this new treatments and devices. This activity will focus on the steps needed to take an idea from initial concept to clinical practice. An emphasis will also be placed on the rationale for BFR and the associated phases of development and validation. Through this didactic lecture, attendees will be able to identify successful innovations and how best to address the gap between initial concept and clinical practice through various application methods discussed in this session.

Learning objectives:
– Implement innovative tests, treatments and procedures to address specific limitations in current clinical practice where BFR may be appropriate.
– Describe the process of innovation from initial concept to clinical practice of BFR.
– Evaluate clinical innovations of BFR in sports medicine and subsequent rehabilitation components that will enhance the athlete’s recovery process.
– Identify new devices, treatment strategies BFR procedures based on their respective clinical settings and medical disciplines.
– Apply specific tests and objective measures using evidence- based innovations to evaluate the effectiveness of BFR.

1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Basic Science and Methodology of Blood Flow Restriction Therapy (BFR)
Johnny Owens, MPT

2:00 PM-2:30 PM
Usage in Lower Quarter Injuries
Rob Panariello, PT, MS, ATC, CSCS

2:30 PM-3:00 PM
Usage in Upper Quarter Injuries
Jim Stray-Gundersen, MD

3:00 PM-3:40 PM
Rehabilitation Considerations: Can Blood Flow Restriction Therapy be Utilized in Treating Tendonopathies?
Dan Lorenz, PT, DPT, LAT, CSCS

3:40 PM-4:20 PM
Question & Answers

4:20 PM-5:00 PM
Olympic Weightlifting: Is it Safe for our Patients?
Dan Lorenz, PT, DPT, LAT, CSCS

5:00 PM-5:40 PM
Plyometrics: Are They Necessary in Rehabilitation?
Rob Panariello, PT, MS, ATC, CSCS

5:40 PM-6:00 PM
Course Wrap-Up/Question and Answer

6:00 PM-6:30 PM
Performance Health Educational Presentation
Lindsey Winninger, PT
Physical therapist to professional skiier Lindsay Vonn’s. Lindsey  has some great perspective on training high level athletes.

6:30 – 8:00 pm
Welcome Reception

Friday, December 1, 2017

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Session II: Instructional Course Labs (pick one)
All AM breakout sessions are lecture or demonstration based

Course 1: Techniques to Enhance Performance in the Throwing Shoulder

Mike Reinold, PT, DPT, ATC, SCS
Tim Tyler, PT, MS, ATC

Course 2: How to Implement Performance Enhancement for the Athlete and Blood Flow Restriction Therapy in Sports Medicine
Dan Lorenz, PT, DPT, LAT, CSCS
Rob Panariello, PT, MS, ATC, CSCS
Johnny Owens, MPT
Jim Stray-Gundersen, MD 


Course 3: Linking the Segments of the Lower Extremity in Return to Running for the Athlete with Knee Pain
Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD
Mitch Rauh, PT, PhD, MPH, FACSM
Blaise Williams, PT, PhD

8:10 AM – 8:15 AM
The Marty Huegel TCC Welcome and Announcements
Presented by Walt Jenkins, PT, DHS, L-ATC, SPTS President

8:15 AM – 9:55 AM
Session III: Treatment of the Throwing Athlete’s Shoulder
Moderator: Walt Jenkins, PT, DHS, L-ATC


The goals of this session are to educate the attendees on the current concepts in treating athletes with pathology in their throwing shoulder.  Lectures will include different pathologies within the throwing shoulder and types of surgery performed on this unique athlete.  In addition, post-operative rehabilitation of the throwing shoulder and its specific aspects will be discussed in detail.

– Review current trends in the throwing shoulder and highlight controversies
– Review current trends in throwing shoulder
– Review current trends with management of GIRD
– Review current trends with management of the post-surgical throwing shoulder

8:15 AM – 8:35 AM
Different Pathologies Within the Throwing Shoulder
Rob Manske, PT, DPT, MEd, SCS, ATC

8:35 AM – 9:10 AM
When I do Surgery and when I don’t do Surgery
Jeff Dugas, MD   

9:10 AM – 9:45 AM
Post-operative Rehabilitation of the Throwing Shoulder
Kevin Wilk, PT, DPT, FAPTA

9:45 AM – 9:55 AM
Panel Discussion

9:55 AM – 10:35 AM
MeyerPT Breakout Session – Kevin Wilk, PT, DPT, FAPTA – Rehab Protocols

10:35 AM – 12:00 PM
Session IV: The Throwing Shoulder
Moderator: Kevin Wilk, PT, DPT, FAPTA

The goals of this session are to educate the attendees on the current concepts in returning throwing athletes to play. Lectures will include non-operative treatments and rehabilitation. A detailed description and discussion of a data based interval-throwing program will be reviewed.

– Review current trends in the non-operative management of the throwing shoulder and highlight controversies.
– Review current trends in treatments and rehabilitation of the biceps tendon in the throwing shoulder.
– Review current trends with management of performance enhancement of the throwing shoulder.

10:35 AM – 11:15 AM
Late Rehabilitation for Increased Performance in the Throwing Athlete 
Mike Reinold, PT, DPT, ATC, SCS

11:15 AM – 11:35 AM
An Evidence-based Progression for Return to Throwing
Kevin Wilk PT, DPT, FAPTA

11:35 AM – 12:00 PM
What do I do with the Biceps Tendon and Why?
Jeff Dugas, MD 

12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Keynote Speaker Presentation

12:30 PM – 1:50 PM

1:50 PM – 2:10 PM
The Kevin Wilk SPTS Traveling Fellowship
Kevin Wilk, PT, DPT, FAPTA

2:10 PM – 3:35 PM
Session V:  The Difficult Hip
Moderator: Blaise Williams, PT, PhD

This Session will provide detailed description of the anatomy and pathology of the hip joint. It will include an overview of hip physical examination testing, including how to rule out other sources of pain. The clinician will be exposed to manual therapy, stretching, and strengthening techniques as they apply to the hip joint. Detailed information regarding difficult hip cases will be provided in order for the clinician to make informed decisions on which interventions are most clinically applicable.

– Discuss the definitions of diagnostic accuracy when reviewing the efficacy of specific examination and treatment approaches in relation to the hip joint.
– Identify how to enhance examination skills by performing differential diagnostic tests to determine the underlying mechanisms of hip dysfunction and pain, poor alignment, hip intra-articular pathology, hip intra-articular pathology, labral tears, muscle dysfunction and gluteal tendinopathy.
– Describe the steps to perform appropriate manual therapy techniques for the hip joint dysfunction.
– Discuss evidence based rehabilitation guidelines for specific post-operative procedures.
– Identify how to perform a differential diagnosis examination to rule out other pain sources when assessing for specific hip diagnosis.

2:10 PM – 2:30 PM
Biomechanical and Etiological Factors in the Hip
Blaise Williams, PT, PhD

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
New Techniques to Treat the Difficult Hip
John Christoforetti, MD

3:00 PM – 3:25 PM
Rehabilitation of the Difficult Hip
Erik Meira, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS

3:25 PM – 3:35 PM
Panel Discussion 

3:35 PM – 4:05 PM
Exhibitor Break

4:05 PM – 5:30 PM
Session VI: Instructional Labs (Concurrent Sessions)    

All PM breakout sessions are lab-based  

Course 1: Examination of the Knee Joint: 100 Years of Experience
George Davies, PT, DPT, MEd, FAPTA, SCS
Rob Manske, PT, DPT, MEd, SCS, ATC
Gary Calabrese, PT, DPT

Course 2: How to implement Performance Enhancement for the Athlete  and Blood Flow Restriction Therapy in Sports Medicine
Dan Lorenz, PT, DPT, LAT, CSCS
Rob Panerillo, PT, MS, ATC, CSCS
Johnny Owens, MPT
Jim Stray-Gundersen, MD


Course 3: Examination of the Hip Joint and Manual Techniques
Erik Meira, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS
Stacey Pagorek, PT, DPT, SCS, ATC
John Christoforetti, MD

Course 4: Cutting Edge Techniques in Treating the Injured Shoulder
Kevin Wilk, PT, DPT, FAPTA
Russ Paine, PT  

TeamMates Event
7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Saturday, December 2, 2017 

7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Session VII: Instructional Courses (pick one) 
All AM breakout sessions are lecture or demonstration based

Course 1: Kinesiology Taping in Sports Medicine
Phil Page, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS
André Labbé, PT, MOMT

Course 2: Cupping and Dry Needling in Sports Medicine
Edsel Bittencourt, PT
Sue Falsone, PT, ATC, SCS, CSCS, COMT

Course 3: Instrumented Soft Tissue Manual Therapy
Mike Ploski, PT, ATC, OCS

8:10 PM – 8:15 PM
Welcome and Announcements
Tim Tyler, PT, MS, ATC, Team Concept Conference Chair

8:15 AM – 9:50 AM
Session VIII:  New techniques in Treatment of Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome    
Moderator:  Russ Paine, PT

This session will provide detailed description of the anatomy and pathology of the patellofemoral joint. The purpose of this session is to provide therapeutic exercises guidelines for developing rehabilitation programs for patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). Selected manual therapy techniques that can be used with patients who have PFPS will be described. Therapeutic exercises will be discussed first to establish a solid foundation for the kinematic chain to torque off of, and then the progression to the advanced functional exercises will be described. The appropriate time to the incorporation of these advanced exercises into a patient’s rehabilitation program will then be discussed.

– Review the patellofemoral joint anatomy and special tests to evaluate the knee
– Recognize the clinical application of the examination techniques, therapeutic exercise interventions, and mobilization techniques for the patellofemoral joint.
– Recognize the value and importance of proper exercise choice for a PFPS rehabilitation program.
– Evaluate and interpret advanced knee exercises that will be incorporated after a solid core stability is established for selected patients.
– Analyze and apply the appropriate mobilization techniques for selective conditions of the patellofemoral joint.
– Evaluate the examination techniques that are appropriate to be used for a patient with patellofemoral joint pain based on the clusters of signs and symptoms and clinical reasoning.

8:15 AM – 8:35 AM
Examination and Pathophysiology of the Patellofemoral Joint
George Davies, PT, DPT, MEd, FAPTA, SCS

8:35 AM – 9:00 AM
Non-Operative Rehabilitation of the Patellofemoral Joint
Russ Paine, PT

9:00 AM – 9:35 AM
Post-Operative Rehabilitation of the Patellofemoral Joint
Rob Manske, PT, DPT, MEd, SCS, ATC

9:35 AM – 9:50 AM
Panel Discussion
Moderator: Russ Paine, PT

9:50 AM – 10:30 AM
MeyerPT Breakout Session – Sue Falsone, PT, ATC, SCS, CSCS, COMT – Dry Needling Facts and Fiction

10:30 AM – 11:50 AM
Session IX: Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome in the Runner
Moderator: Tim Tyler, PT, MS, ATC

This session will provide a comprehensive and systematic approach to identify and treat patellofemoral joint dysfunctions that can lead to a faulty running gait. This session will discuss a comprehensive examination, which includes postural analysis, joint mobility, range of motion, manual muscle testing and tissue extensibility.  The clinician will be informed how to test a runner on the treadmill and learn how to identify the key biomechanical motions and dysfunctions that may impact the patellofemoral joint.

– Discuss the different types of runners–from midfoot runners to heel-striking runners to toe-striker runners–and understand the implication of each form on the patellOfemoral joint.
– Identify specific special and functional tests to utilize during your initial biomechanical examination and understand how all the segments in the kinetic chain influence the patellofemoral joint.
– Describe how restrictions in the patellofemoral joint can lead to dysfunction in another region of the body and impact a runner’s gait.
– Develop rehab programs to promote neuromuscular re-education.
– Utilize techniques to improve joint and myofascial mobility, stability and functional movement for the patellofemoral joint in the runner.
– Develop a comprehensive rehab program that incorporates improving range of motion, flexibility, balance, stability, functional mobility and running gait for the patellofemoral joint.

10:30 AM – 11:10 AM
Socratic Debate, Hip vs. Knee Strengthening: Is One Better?
15 Minutes – George Davies, PT, DPT, MEd, FAPTA, SCS
15 Minutes – Gary Calabrese, PT, DPT
10 Minutes – Q & A with Moderator

11:10 AM – 11:30 AM
Techniques in Treating Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome in Runners
Bryan Heiderscheit, PT, PhD

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Panel Discussion

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

1:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Session X:  An Update on the Usage of Modalities in Sports Medicine 
Moderator: Mitch Rauh, PT, PhD, MPH, FACSM

This session will review treatment modalities that can help reduce pain, promote relaxation, and heal tissue. It will explain how to choose the modality that has the maximum benefit depending on a specific condition, needs, and overall rehab goals. Examination of the latest evidence based literature on therapeutic ultrasound, dry needling, laser, cupping, taping, and ISTM will be presented.

– Determine when and why to use therapeutic ultrasound and which parameters are optimal.
– Describe dry needling and which patient population it is appropriate for.
– Communicate the differences in the types and intensity of lasers.
– Determine if there is any evidence or rationale for cupping.
– Define if there is evidence for kinesiology taping in sports medicine.

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Therapeutic Ultrasound: When do I Use it and Why?
George Davies, PT, DPT, MEd, FAPTA, SCS

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Dry Needling: The New Modality That Has Been Around.
Edsel Bittencourt, PT

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
LASER: Does it Really Work? Which One do I Use and Why?
Paul Borsa, PhD

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Cupping: Is it Advertising or an Advantage?
Sue Falsone, PT, ATC, SCS, CSCS, COMT

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Kinesiology Taping: Is There Evidence for it in Sports Medicine? 
Phil Page, PT, PhD, ATC, CSCS

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
ISTM: How and Why?
Mike Ploski, PT, ATC, OCS

4:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Case Study of Modality Use in Acute injury vs. Chronic Injury
Panel with Mitch Rauh, PT, PhD, MPH, FACSM, Moderator

4:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Question and Answer Session 

Team Concept Conference 2017 offers up to 19.75 CEUs if all sessions and breakouts are attended. 

Team Concept Conference 2017
November 30-December 2, 2017
Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino




I was born and raised in Stillwater, a small town in upstate New York.  I went to an all boys, Catholic, military high school called La Salle Institute in Troy, New York. Upon graduation, I attended Union College in Schenectady, New York. I majored in Political Science and minored in Mandarin Chinese and East Asian Studies. I was also the captain of the football team and president of my fraternity.

I enlisted in the Army after college graduation, and after two years of intense training in the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center (Special Forces Qualification Course), I earned the Green Beret.  In April of 2009 I was assigned to the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Lewis, Washington.  I deployed twice to Afghanistan and participated in Joint Combined Exercise Training (JCET) in the Philippines and Thailand.

During my second Afghanistan deployment, on September 25, 2011, I suffered a gunshot wound to my lower abdomen. This marked the beginning of a long and painful journey. I sustained a fractured hip, lost 20% of my colon, and suffered a damaged femoral nerve, resulting in permanent disability. After six surgeries, thousands of hours of physical therapy and over 40 inches of scars, my health is progressing rapidly.

I have been married to my college sweetheart and soul-mate, Kim, since 2008. We have two beautiful daughters, Lilah and Everly. In the spring of 2016, I completed dual masters degrees from the MIT Sloan School of Management (MBA) and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPA). I am currently employed within the financial industry in Boston, MA.

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