US Government Passes Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act

 

Casey Batten
Casey Batten

Dr. Casey Batten possesses more than 10 years of relevant experience in his roles as the lead medical team physician with the Los Angeles Rams and the director of primary care sports medicine with Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Institute. Supplementing his current positions, Dr. Casey Batten is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM).

This past October, AMSSM celebrated the passing of the Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act, a bipartisan solution to the protection of athletic trainers, team physicians, and other sports medicine professionals during out-of-state games. Before the bill was passed, most states didn’t provide medical malpractice insurance coverage to physicians who travel with sports teams and provide out-of-state care to athletes. Now, those sports medicine professionals can treat injured athletes across state lines with the assurance that they won’t face unnecessary financial or professional risks.

The bill that was introduced to Congress in 2013 was co-written by AMSSM first vice president Chad Carlson. Slight variations of it have since been supported by the advocacy efforts of thousands of AMSSM members as well as members of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. The Senate version of the bill was sponsored by John Thune and Amy Klobuchar, while the House version was supported by Cedric Richmond and Brett Guthrie.

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An Overview of 2019 AMSSM Conferences

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Casey Batten, MD, is the lead medical team physician for the Los Angeles Rams and the director of primary care sports medicine at Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Institute. In addition to his professional roles, Casey Batten, MD, maintains memberships with organizations such as the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.

The 2019 American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) Annual Meeting will take place between April 12 and 17 at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, Texas. The conference will be preceded and followed by a number of educational meetings and learning sessions for AMSSM members, including a beginning level injections course at the Indiana University School of Medicine South Bend in January and a cadaver and injection beginner course at the Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca, New York.

The 2019 AMSSM Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Youth Early Sport Specialization Summit (YESSS!), an event focusing on the increasing number of American children who begin training in a specific sport. The summit will focus on both the positive elements of early specialization, such as pathways to elite competition as an adult, and potential drawbacks, including early burnout and increased risk of injury. In addition to meetings and learning opportunities throughout the year, AMSSM has already scheduled 2020 and 2021 meetings in Atlanta, Georgia, and San Diego, California, respectively. A complete schedule of events can be found online at www.amssm.org.

Rotator Cuff Tears in Athletes Who Throw

 

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Rotator Cuff Tears
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As lead team physician for the Los Angeles Rams and the director of primary care sports medicine at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, Casey Batten, MD, relies on more than a decade of experience in sports medicine. Moreover, Dr. Casey Batten draws on an in-depth knowledge of common athletic injuries, including various shoulder injuries.

For pitchers and other athletes who engage in frequent overhand throwing, shoulder injuries are a common risk. One such injury is a tearing of the rotator cuff tendon, which undergoes high levels of stress in the follow-through of a throw.

The rotator cuff helps to keep the arm in the shoulder joint by attaching the humerus to the shoulder blade. The tendons’ role is to cover the head of the humerus so that a person can lift and rotate his or her arm. Repetitive performance of these movements can cause the tendon to fray and, ultimately, tear, either partially or fully.

A partial tear will leave the tendon attached to the bone, but a full-thickness tear will cause a complete separation. Either can be the result of degeneration over time or an acute injury, such as a fall or lifting something beyond one’s level of strength.

Approximately 80 percent of patients can recover without surgery. For these individuals, a combination of medication, rest, and strengthening exercises help to return function. For those whose pain or function do not improve, surgery may be necessary.

Renewed Urgency in Addressing Sports Concussions

 

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CTE
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Dr. Casey Batten is a well-established sports medicine professional who serves as the Los Angeles Rams’ lead medical team physician and also holds leadership responsibilities at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Institute. Among Dr. Casey Batten’s areas of extensive knowledge are musculoskeletal issues and concussion management care.

As reported in Forbes, a renewed spotlight has been placed on the preventable scope of sports concussions following the recent suicide of Tyler Hilinski. After the Washington State quarterback took his life, it was revealed that he was suffering from early-stage chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), which resulted in a brain condition similar to that of a person in his 60s.

CTE is typically caused by multiple head injuries and includes major symptoms such as depression. With the young brain being more susceptible to concussions and with impacts lasting longer than in the adult brain, a key question centers on the appropriate age at which to start playing collision-oriented sports, such as tackle football.

Another focus is on developing next-generation helmets that accomplish more than simply guarding against skull fractures. New technologies being developed effectively displace energy waves that reach the head and minimize the concussive impacts of hard hits, while others enable the helmets to slip off one another at impact.

One major step that has reduced concussions at the professional level in recent years involves the NFL taking a much stricter stance against “extraneous blows to the head.” However, it is up to coaches to teach young players to tackle and block without using the head to avoid further concussive injuries.