Welcome to the Sports Acupuncture Alliance. Registration for 2018 Bay Area, California will be announced soon. The goals of this summit are to create a community of acupuncturists who are interested in sports acupuncture and to provide an exceptional educational experience. The 2018 Keynote speakers will be Whitfield Reaves and Matt Callison with lectures also being taught by Chad Bong. More speaker announcements coming soon!
Anatomically Significant Points and How to Use Them
In 2012, Whitfield began teaching sports medicine techniques based upon “anatomically significant” points. Whitfield teaches these broad categories of points and zones of treatment, such as trigger points, motor points, the muscle belly, the tendon sheath, the joint space, and other such structures. Understanding these tissues assists the practitioner with more reliable palpation and point location, and certainly more precision in needle technique. We will cover many types of anatomically significant points and discuss in-depth the use of some of his favorite points on conditions like shoulder tendonitis, low back and hip pain, achilles tendonitis, and other commonly seen injuries in the clinic.
Upper Body Postural Assessment and Treatment
The current era has seen some major postural imbalances become part of our culture with our trusty devices– smart phones, tablets, and computer keyboards. Whether it be the forward shoulder– excessive scapular protraction– or the forward head position, these imbalances become involved in the development of neck and shoulder pain and dysfunction. Whitfield helps to simplify the complex interaction between the Cervical, Thoracic, and Scapular complex, both in terms of assessment and treatment. This 3-hour module will take you through a simple overview of the postural assessment of the upper body, understand the anatomically significant tissues involved, and finally to develop a treatment plan. Chad Bong will assist in the instruction, and include his views on the muscles involved and how to use manual therapy techniques as well as a simple therapeutic exercise program.
Cara O. Frank L.OM
Understanding and Treating Pain with Chinese Herbology
Chinese Herbology is one of the most effective ways to manage chronic and acute pain. This workshop will give you the tools to accurately assess and treat pain by understanding how to stage the injury, determine the location and differentiate the quality of pain, leading to an effective treatment strategy. Practitioners will learn how to select the best formulas and topical compounds as well as key modifications for optimal results, helping your patients get back in action as quickly as possible.
Steve Matta D.O., M.B.A,
Athletic Assessment for Optimal Performance
This class takes you through an assessment of the athlete ranging from the cellular level to movement patterns. He discusses the difference between normal and optimal levels when it comes to blood test results for athletes. We examine what suboptimal results in tests like Serum Ferritin, Vitamin D, Thyroid, or Cortisol can do to athletic performance. Then he progresses to movement assessment, demonstrating how to recognize suboptimal patterns and identify the muscles that need to be addressed to help your patients move optimally.
Chad Bong MS, L.OM, L.MT, CSCS
Foot Pain; It’s Not Always Plantar Fasciitis
Does almost every patient who has foot pain come into your office and tell you they have “Plantar Fasciitis”, is this the only thing that goes wrong with the foot? In this class, Chad will explore the differentiation of foot injuries and local treatment strategies for each different injury.
Pre Summit Session on Friday afternoon:
Understanding the Basics of Orthopedic Assessment
Have you ever wondered why an orthopedic test is done the way it is? This class is designed to help you understand the “why” behind orthopedic special tests. We will discuss the different types of tissue, how they are injured, types of tests used, and why they are able to show there is damage to that specific tissue. From this information we will be able to understand the concept behind the orthopedic tests and why they are used. We will explore tests used to determine the health of muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments, cartilage, and nerves. The goal of this class it to make learning physical assessment easier and more enjoyable then just memorizing a bunch of tests.
Price Between 12/1/2016 and 3/15/2017
The standard 2-day price will go up on December 1, 2016 to $425 , the standard 3-day price will increase to $500, and the student prices will increase to $275
Price Between 3/16/2017 and 4/27/2017
The standard 2-day price will increase to $475 on 3/16/2017, the standard 3-day pass will increase to $550, and the student price will go up to $300.
Continuing Education Units
Receive CEUs for attending the summit! NCCAOM and Florida are APPROVED, California and Illinois are PENDING Approval. 2-Day Pass provides 13 CEUs. 3-Day Pass provides 19 CEUs.
Conference price for hotel
The special conference price for the hotel is $199 per night. To get this price you must mention The Sports Acupuncture Alliance when reserving your room. See link to hotel below.