I had the chance to be a speaker at the November, 2014 USA Triathlon (USAT) Medical Multisport Conference that was held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The weekend brought 2 days of talks that focused on aspects of sports medicine that were particularly relevant to triathlon and multisport.
Travis Tygart, CEO of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) was the keynote speaker. We heard about event and safety planning from a very experienced group of USAT-affiliated physicians, including W. Douglas Hiller, MD, Andrew Hunt, MD, and John M. Martinez, MD. I gave talks on some of my favorite topics: “Triathlon Fatalities,” “Endurance Sport: Is it Heart Healthy?,” and “Cardiovascular Considerations in the Aging Athlete.” We had lunch with Kathy Matejka, the USAT Event Services Director and dinner with Rob Urbach, CEO of USAT.
I met some terrific folks and I learned a lot.
It was great to visit the Olympic Training Center. I particularly enjoyed the museum area and a workout at the pool. The snow and cold weather got the best of a planned group run, though.
This year’s Conference is planned for November 5-7, 2015, again at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. This year’s keynote speaker will be Robert Laird, MD, the original and long-time medical director for the Ironman World Championship race in Kona, Hawaii. This would be a worthwhile meeting for anybody who’s involved with medical care of multisport athletes, including nurses, physicians, and allied health professionals. Information about the meeting schedule, speakers, and registration can be found at the USAT website.
I hope that you’re able to join us in November!