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2nd Annual Gymnastics Medicine Symposium

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Boston Sports Institute

900 Worcester Street

Wellesley, MA 02482

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FREE gymnastics lecture for medical professionals, coaches, parents and athletes.

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GYMNASTICS MEDICINE LECTURE AGENDA

12:30-1:20 p.m. - Meet and greet with Olympians Alicia Sacramone-Quinn and Chellsie Memmel

1:30-1:45 p.m. - Introduction and Olympians (Alicia Sacramone-Quinn and Chellsie Memmel)

1:45-2 p.m. - Common Gymnastics Injuries, Research and More; Elspeth (Elly) Hart, Founder and Director of Gymnastics Medicine DScPAS, PA-C, ATC, LAT

2-2:15 p.m. - Ultrasound for Diagnosis and Treatment of Gymnastics Injuries; Jennifer Luz , MD

2:15-2:30 p.m. - Sports Physical Therapy; Joseph Van Allen, Sports Medicine Physical Therapist, Steward Health Care and Former New England Patriots Physical Therapist)

2:30-2:45 p.m. - Sports Nutrition; Julie Nicoletti, BS, RPh, Certified Sports Nutritionist, Boston Bruins Team Nutritionist, Pharmacist, Founder of Kinetic Fuel Performance Based Nutrition

2:45-3 p.m. - Mental Toughness in Gymnastics ; Kelsey Griffith, Performance Enhancement and Rehabilitation Specialist)

3-3:15 p.m. - Common Surgical Procedures in Gymnastics; Thomas Gill, MD

3:15-3:30 p.m. - Houry Gebeshian Olympian and Full Out College recruiting

3:30-4 p.m. - Meet and greet with Houry Gebeshian with autograph and question and answers for medical providers/coaches/parents by Elly Hart, Dr. Luz, Dr. Gill, Joseph Van Allen, and Kelsey Griffith

GYMNAST AND LECTURER BIOS

Alicia Sacramone-Quinn was on the U.S. women's gymnastics team for the 2008 Summer Olympics, which won the Team Silver medal. She is from the Boston area and was a gymnast at Brestyan’s Gymnastics Academy. Alicia is the second-most decorated American gymnast in World Championship history, with ten medals. She is now a full time gymnastics coach in Florida, a sports broadcaster for the SEC network, and just welcomed her second child.

Chellsie Memmel is a five-time World medalist. In 2003, she won the Team and Bars Gold alongside her then-teammate and Hollie Vise. Chellsie won bars at the World Cup finals in 2014 and in 2005, became the World All-Around Champion, followed by a Silver medal with the U.S. Team in 2006. Chellsie ended her career with a Team Silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games alongside Alicia Sacromone. Chellsie is now a USA Gymnastics judge and holds the title of Brevet Judge. She has judged in both Mexico in 2013 and Jesolo in 2016 and has been a judge at the U.S. Classic and National Championships since 2013 and judged the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. Chellsie is currently coaching and judging all levels, compulsory through elite.

Houry Gebeshian competed in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games, representing the Republic of Armenia and has been involved in gymnastics for 20 years. She was a strong gymnast growing up in Massachusetts and earned a full scholarship to the University of Iowa. While in college, she attained the honor of Big Ten Champion on the balance beam in 2010, and was an NCAA National competitor in 2011. After taking a three-year hiatus to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant, she returned to international competition in a renewed effort to fulfill her dream of making it to the Olympics. She made this dream a reality by competing in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Not only was she the first female gymnast to represent the Republic of Armenia at the Olympic Games but she also pioneered a new gymnastics element, The Gebeshian. Alongside her gymnastics training, she is certified as both an athletic trainer and physician assistant. Currently, she works at the Cleveland Clinic, as a surgical physician assistant, on the Labor and Delivery floor. She has co-founded a consulting company named Full Out Collegiate Recruiting to assist young gymnastics with the college recruiting process and hopes to continue building an Armenian Women’s gymnastics program for the next generation to follow in her footsteps.

Thomas Gill, MD, Chief of Orthopedics, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Dr. Gill is the chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, and professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. In recent years, he has served as medical director for the Boston Red Sox, head team physician for the New England Patriots, team physician for the Boston Bruins and medical director of Boston Ballet. Dr. Gill has authored more than 170 scientific articles and book chapters on injuries involving the knee and shoulder, and has written books on complications of shoulder surgery and techniques of knee arthroscopy.A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Gill completed his residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program. He completed the Maurice Muller Fellowship in reconstructive surgery in Bern, Switzerland and a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado.

Jennifer Luz, MD, Sports Medicine, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. Fellowship trained in Primary Care Sports Medicine, Dr. Luz takes a non-surgical approach to the treatment of musculoskeletal sports conditions. She focuses on treating the whole patient to prevent injury, improve performance and enhance overall health for adolescent and adult athletes of all skill levels. Dr. Luz specializes in ultrasound-guided diagnostics, utilizing in-office imaging to diagnose a variety of joint, muscle, ligament, and tendon injuries and also specializes in ultrasound-guided procedures to treat these conditions. A graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Harvard Medical School PM&R program, and fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School Sports Medicine program. She is a Clinical Instructor of Orthopedics at Tufts University School of Medicine and is Assistant Team Physician for the Boston Cannons. Dr. Luz is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

Elspeth (Elly) Hart, DScPAS, PA-C, ATC, LAT. In addition to being a Certified Physician Assistant and Certified Athletic Trainer, Elspeth is a USAG Gymnastics Volunteer Medical Staff member and part of the USA Gymnastics Provider Network. She is also a former Junior Olympic Level 10 gymnast (New England Sports Academy [now MEGA]), and former Division I collegiate gymnast. Elspeth has covered multiple gymnastics events as medical staff including this year’s Elite National Championships, Junior Olympic Easterns and Junior Olympic Nationals. She is heavily involved in research on gymnastics injuries, equipment, and injury prevention and is a published author on these topics as well as multiple future publications. Throughout her gymnastics career, she explains that she had wonderful medical care for all of her gymnastics related injuries; however, it was sometimes frustrating to try to explain how she had sustained her injuries, as the medical providers were unfamiliar with gymnastics skills and events. This is why, when she became a Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) and Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), she developed Gymnastics Medicine and has a gymnastics specific clinic.

Joseph (Joe) Van Allen. Joe is the former New England Patriots Director of Rehabilitation. Joe recently announced that he has joined Steward Health Care where he will oversee the rehabilitation and sports performance programs provided across the Eastern region of the nation’s largest private health care system. Joe served as Director of Rehabilitation for the Patriots from 2001 until 2019 during which time he helped to lead the athletic training operations of the six-time Super Bowl championship winning franchise. Joe is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Professional Football Athletic Trainer’s Society, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He holds a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Millikin University.

Julie Nicoletti, BS, RPh. Julie is a registered pharmacist and a nationally recognized sports nutritionist who specializes in coaching young and professional athletes to achieve their highest potential. She is the team nutritionist for the NHL Boston Bruins and the founder of Kinetic Fuel (a performance based nutrition company focused on optimizing athletic performance, health and well-being while reducing the risk of illness and injury). Julie provides one-on-one, personalized nutrition education and counseling to all types of athletes, enabling them to optimize peak athletic performance while minimizing the risk of injury. She also leads Kinetic Fuel workshops for coaches, teams, gymnasts and their families on the importance of performance based nutrition. Julie provides sound, science based advice, practical tips and realistic ideas for healthy meals and snacks to fuel an athlete’s demands. She also consults to professional and elite travel sports teams, specialized camps and works closely with several NCAA Collegiate athletic programs.

Kelsey Griffith, MS. Kelsey currently serves as the Performance Enhancement and Rehabilitation Specialist at The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention, an affiliate of Boston Children's Hospital--Division of Sports Medicine. A former gymnast-turned dancer, Kelsey has a personal understanding of the demands placed on athletes -- mentally, physically and emotionally. She has experience working within a wide range of sports, including NCAA Division III gymnasts, the Massachusetts Olympic Development elite soccer program, Broadway performers, and Team USA synchronized figure skaters. Kelsey's goal is to help athletes of all ages learn to navigate the maze of challenges associated with sport [confidence, motivation, self talk, goal setting, anxiety/arousal control] to better reach self-determined goals and perform optimally in all performance arenas.

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