University of Vermont AAHS



Friday, October 24, 1997

12:15-1PM Registration

Medical Planning for Equestrian Events 1PM Event Medicine Michael Chandler, M.D.

1:30 PM The Safety Officer at Equestrian Events Francis Rath, Esq., EMT

2 PM Panel Discussion Julie Ballard, M.D., moderator

2:30 PM Break

Individual Equestrian or Related Sports

2:45 PM Bull Riding Related Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries Greg Stewart, M.D.

3:15PM Safety Considerations in Vaulting Robert Faulkner, M.D.

3:45 PM Panel Discussion

6 PM Cocktail Reception

Saturday, October 25, 1997

The Equestrian Athlete

8 AM The Equestrian as Athlete Johanna Harris, M.A.

8:30 AM Get Fit to Ride Mary Midkiff

9 AM Sports Psychology for Equestrians Gerry Hodges, M.D.

9:30 AM Panel Discussion

10 AM Break

Equestrian Related Head Injury

10:15 AM Patient Presentation-Equestrian Head Injury

10:30 AM Closed Head Trauma: Evaluation and Management Robert D. Slaughter, M.D.

11 AM Mechanisms of Head Injuries in Equestrian Sports William Brooks, M.D.

11:30 AM Panel Discussion

12 Noon Luncheon

1:30 PM New Developments in the Evolution of Riding Helmets and Vests Bruce Blake

2 PM Trailering Emergencies Jim Hamilton, DVM

2:30 PM Panel Discussion

3 PM Break

3:15 PM Rehabilitating Equestrian Injuries Kevin Wilk, P.T.

3:45 PM Disaster Planning and Response with Horses Jim Hamilton, DVM

4:15 PM Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks


David A. McLain, M.D., FACP, FACR
Course Director
Board of Directors, American Medical Equestrian Association
Safety Committee Chairman, United States Combined Training Association
Chief of Rheumatology, Brookwood Medical Center
Birmingham, AL

Julie Ballard, M.D.
Emergency Medicine
Board of Directors, American Medical Equestrian Association
Medical Director for Equestrian Venue, Atlanta Olympics, 1996
Atlanta, GA

Bruce Blake
CEO, Lexington Safety Products, Inc.
Lexington, KY

William Brooks, MD
President, American Medical Equestrian Association
Chairman, US Pony Club Safety Committee
Lexington, KY

Michael Chandler, M.D.
Family Practice
Medical Director, Birmingham City Stages Festival
Birmingham, AL

Robert Faulkner, M.D.
Family Practice
Medical Consultant to the American Vaulting Association
Covington, GA

Jim Hamilton, DVM
Equine Veterinarian
Author, Equine Emergencies on the Road
Member, Veterinary Emergency Management Team
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Southern Pines Equine Associates
Southern Pines, NC

Johanna Harris, MA
Editor, The Equestrian Athlete
Black Mountain, NC

Gerry Hodges, M.D.
Birmingham, AL

Mary Midkiff
Founder, Equestrian Resources
Author, Fitness, Performance, and the Female Equestrian
Creator, Women and Horses
Arlington, VA

Francis Rath, Esq., EMT
Attorney, EMT, Former Technical Delegate, American Horse Shows Association
Board of Governors, United States Combined Training Association
Safety Committee, USCTA
Great Falls, VA

Robert D. Slaughter, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Clinic Medical Director
University of Alabama
Birmingham, AL

Greg Stewart, M.D.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Associate Professor of Orthopedics
Co-Director, Tulane Institute of Sportsmedicine
Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans, LA

Kevin Wilk, P.T.
National Director of Research and Clinical Education
Associate Clinical Director
HEALTHSOUTH Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center
Birmingham, AL

The American Horse Council reports that there are 4.3 million Americans that ride horses for recreation, 3.6 million Americans that show, almost 1 million that participate in racing, and 7.1 million that are involved in the horse industry as owners, service providers, employees, and volunteers. Unfortunately, those exposed to horses as a rider, groom, veterinarian, farrier, or volunteer may be subject to injury. In 1995, the National Electronic Surveillance System (NEISS), alone, reported 65,702 hospital emergency room admissions for horse related injuries. When non-emergency room injuries from all age groups and skill levels are included in these numbers, there is a major need to teach prevention, recognition, and rehabilitation of these injuries. There is also a need to recognize and address the unique physical demands on the equestrian.

Purpose and Objectives
Through a series of tailored lectures and discussions, physicians will have the opportunity to learn and discuss practical information relevant to current and emerging clinical concerns regarding equestrian sports medicine. At the conclusion of the program, the participant should be able to:

Assess the need for planning for medical coverage of medical events and the role of the Safety Officer;

Recognize the inherent risks involved in bull riding and vaulting;

Identify the unique factors necessary for the equestrian athlete including fitness and sports psychology;

Determine extent and treatment of closed head injuries;

Describe the mechanisms of head injuries in equestrian sports;

Evaluate new developments in helmet and vest design;

Summarize management of trailering emergencies on the road;

Manage rehabilitation of equestrian injuries; and

Plan disaster response with horses.

Course Chairman:
David A. McLain, M.D.

Organizing Committee:
Dale Baker
William Brooks, M.D.
Kristina Bulas, M.D.
J. Thomas Byrd, M.D.
Judith Gold
Doris Bixby Hammett, M.D.

The registration fee for the Equestrian Sports Medicine Symposium (8th Annual AMEA Meeting) is $175 (AMEA members receive a $25 discount). This fee includes course materials, luncheon, and refreshments.

Written notice of cancellation must be received one week before course date to avoid administrative charge of $50. Mail check and registration to: American Medical Equestrian Association, c/o David McLain, M.D., Suite 509, 2022 Brookwood Medical Center Drive, Birmingham, Alabama 35209. Phone (205) 877-2555, Fax (205) 877-2790, e mail:

As an organization accredited by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) the American Sports Medicine Institute designates this continuing medical education activity as meeting the criteria for 9.75 hours in Category 1 of the Physician's Recognition Award of the American Medical Association.

Hotel Accommodations
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Wynfrey Hotel, 1000 Riverchase Galleria, Birmingham, Alabama 35244, a 4 diamond, 4 star hotel listed as one of the best hotels in the world. Seminar participants should make their own reservations directly with the hotel by calling 1-800-476- 7006 or 205-987-1600. Ask for the AMEA group rate of $105 Single/Double per night Standard Level or $140 single/Double per night Club Level. There is a charge of $10 per person above double occupancy except for children under 16. The Club Level includes breakfast and complimentary cocktails in a special Club Lounge. Ask the hotel for details. To receive the special rate, reservations should be made by 5 PM on September 23, 1997. A first night's room charge deposit is due on reservation by cash, check, or credit card. Deposits are refundable if canceled prior to 48 hours of arrival. Reservations received after the September 23 cut-off will be taken on a space and rate availability basis. Please note: There is a major football game in Birmingham the weekend of the seminar and the usual rate is $50 higher than the special group rate. An airport shuttle runs on a set schedule from 6 AM until 10:30 PM. Reservations are required and should be made 30 days prior to arrival. There are at least 10 restaurants within walking distance of the hotel as well as stores and theatres.

This meeting is sponsored by the American Medical Equestrian Association and jointly sponsored by the American Sports Medicine Institute.

Our grateful acknowledgement to Wyeth Ayerst Pharmaceuticals, SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals, Merck, and others.

AMEA Activities

Friday,  October  24
8 AM-Noon       AMEA Board Meeting
4:15 PM         AMEA Membership meeting
Equestrian Sports Medicine, the 8th Annual American Medical Equestrian Association meeting, is being held at the Wynfrey Hotel, a 4 diamond and 4 star hotel. The Wynfrey, opened in 1986, is a member of the Preferred Hotels group and features 329 deluxe rooms and suites including Concierge levels. The hotel features a pool, spa, and fitness center. Three restaurants are located in the hotel including Winston's. Travel Digest listed the Wynfrey as "one of the 50 best hotels in the world." The Wynfrey is connected to the Riverchase Galleria Mall that has 250 stores, shops, restaurants, and theatres including Macy's. The Galleria has the world's largest enclosed atrium and world's longest skylight. It is the largest mixed-use shopping center in the South. Local attractions in Birmingham include Vulcan, the second largest statue in the U.S. after the Statue of Liberty, the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham Zoo, Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and Discovery 2000. Nearby attractions include the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Museum at the Talladega Superspeedway, the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and Space Camp at Huntsville, and the new Mercedes Sports Utility factory in Vance, Alabama.

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