National Conference 2005

Medical and Legal Controversies in Sports Medicine

First Annual Institute for Sports Medicine and Sports Law
Joint CME/CLE Conference
Chicago, Illinois

December 1-2, 2005

The Institute for Sports Medicine and Sports Law, in coordination with the Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Medicine of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and assistance from the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University Law School present a national joint CME/CLE Sports Medicine/Sports Law Conference in Chicago on Thursday, December 1st through Friday morning, December 2nd, at the Sears Tower Conference Center, 33rd Floor.

Leading experts will discuss the most recent and important medical and legal topics facing team physicians, athletic directors, athletic trainers, players and institutions, professional, collegiate and others.

The faculty will share their current views in panel discussions led by moderators challenging the experts with current topics and audience questions.

Agenda | Speakers

Course Topics

  • The Preparticipation Examination
  • Medical Eligibility: Legal Issues
  • Cardiac Controversies
  • Understanding Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Orthopedic Controversies
  • Spinal Controversies
  • Concussion and Return to Play
  • Professional Liability: Team Physician, Athletic Director, Athletic Trainer
  • Players' Interests
  • Team and League Interests
  • Collegiate Interests
  • Governing Bodies
  • Athletic Trainers: Controversies
  • Performance Enhancing Drugs
  • HIPAA and the Athlete

Conference Faculty *

  • Stephen Adams, MD
  • John Black, JD
  • Robert Bonow, MD
  • Mark Bowen, MD
  • W. Buckley Briggs, JD
  • Michael Cramer, JD
  • N.A. Mark Estes, III, MD
  • Gary Green, MD
  • Michael Krauss, MD
  • Robert Lattinville, JD
  • Barry Maron, MD

(* Subject To Change)

  • Matthew Mitten, JD
  • Mark Murphy, JD
  • Gordon Nuber, MD
  • Mark O'Neal, ATC
  • Elliot Pellman, MD
  • Eric Quandt, JD
  • Rochel Rittgers, MS, ATC
  • John Ruger
  • Peter Rush, JD
  • Michael Schafer, MD
  • Richard Sevcik, JD
  • Mark Upton, MD



The Institute for Sports Medicine and Sports Law is an incorporated not-for-profit organization with a faculty advisory panel comprised of experienced professional and collegiate team physicians, professors in academic medicine, professors in sports law, and practicing attorneys, providing a unique interdisciplinary approach to current and complex medical and legal issues arising at the interface of sports medicine and sports law.


Medical and Legal Controversies in Sports Medicine

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December 1, 2005

8:15 - 8:45 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:50 - 9:00 am Introduction and Welcome - Eric Quandt, JD


Before Stepping Into the Arena

9:00 - 9:25 am The Preparticipation Examination: An Overview
Stephen Adams, MD
  • History
  • Physical Examination
  • Laboratory
9:25 - 9:50 am Legal Issues Regarding Medical Eligibility To Participate
Professor Matt Mitten
  • Legal Duty of Care to Athletes
  • Effect of Guidelines in Determining Eligibility
  • ADA and Related Issues
  • Privacy Issues


Traumatic Injuries: Head, Heart and Sole

9:50 - 10:20 am Concussion
Elliot Pellman, MD
  • Definition
  • Head Protection
  • Management of Concussion
  • Return to Play
10:20 - 10:35 am Break
10:35 - 11:00 am Traumatic Injury To The Spine
Michael Schafer, MD
  • Cervical Radicular Injuries
  • Spondylolysis
  • Return to Play
11:00 - 11:30 am Orthopedic Controversies
Gordon Nuber, MD and Mark Bowen, MD
  • Rotator Cuff Repairs
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Groin Injuries
11:30 - 12:15 pm Panel Discussion
Moderator: Stephen Adams, MD
Panelists: Mark Bowen, MD; Professor Matt Mitten;
Gordon Nuber, MD; Elliot Pellman, MD and Michael Schafer, MD
12:15 - 1:30 pm Lunch On Your Own


Matters of the Heart


1:30 - 2:00 pm Overview of Heart Issues In Sports
Barry Maron, MD
  • Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Commotio Cordis
  • Bethesda Conference Update
2:00 - 2:30 pm Understanding Cardiac Arrhythmias
N.A. Mark Estes, III, MD
  • Impact of Diagnosing Differing Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Sudden Death
  • ICDs and AEDs
2:30 - 3:15 pm Panel Discussion
Moderator: Stephen Adams, MD
Panelists: Robert Bonow, MD; N.A. Mark Estes, III, MD;
Barry Maron, MD and Mark Upton, MD
3:15 - 3:30 pm Break


Differing Perspectives:
Players, Teams, Institutions and Governing Bodies

3:30 - 4:15 pm

Player Interests
Peter Rush, JD and Robert Lattinville, JD

Club/Team Interests
Mike Cramer, JD

4:15 - 5:00 pm

Sports Organizations and Governing Bodies
Michael Krauss, MD - NCAA
John Black, JD - National High School Federation
John Ruger - USOC

5:00 - 6:00 pm Panel Discussion
Moderator: Professor Matt Mitten
Panelists: John Black, JD; Buck Briggs, JD; Mike Cramer, JD;
Michael Krauss, MD; Robert Lattinville, JD; Mark Murphy, JD;
John Ruger and Peter Rush, JD
6:00 - 6:30 pm Cocktail Reception



December 2, 2005

8:30 - 9:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:30 am Athletic Trainers
Mark O’Neal, ATC - Professional
Rochel Rittgers MS, ATC - Collegiate
9:30 - 9:50 am Performance Enhancing Substances
Gary Green, MD
9:50 - 10:10 am Overview of Drug Testing
Gary Green, MD
10:10 - 10:30 am What You Need to Know About HIPAA
Richard Sevcik, JD
10:30 - 10:40 am Break
10:40 - 11:05 am Minimizing Professional Liabilities Facing Team Physicians, Athletic
Directors and Athletic Trainers
Eric Quandt, JD
  • Understanding Legal Standards
  • Effect of Guidelines
  • Informed Consent, Waivers, Second Opinions
  • Recent Cases
11:05 - 12:00 pm Panel Discussion
Moderator: Stephen Adams, MD
Panelists: Gary Green, MD; Professor Matt Mitten;
Mark O’Neal, ATC; Eric Quandt, JD; Rochel Rittgers, MS, ATC and Richard Sevcik, JD
12:00 pm Adjourn
NOTE: Speakers and Topics Subject to Change.


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Stephen Adams, MD is a Professor of Medicine in Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine in the Department of Medicine. He was awarded his Medical Degree from The Ohio State University. Dr. Adams is the Team Physician for the Chicago Cubs National League Baseball Club and is the Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee of Major League Baseball. He also sits on the executive board of the Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association.
John Black, JD completed his law degree at Duke University and is currently a partner of the law firm Shughar Thomson & Kilroy in Kansas City, where he specializes in business and sports law. Mr. Black is also the General Counsel for the National High School Federation, through which he writes playing rules and provides administrative services on behalf on the nation’s seven million high school athletes.
Robert Bonow, MD received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Bonow is recognized as the Goldberg Distinguished Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chief of the Division of Cardiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and immediate past-President of the American Heart Association. Dr. Bonow is recognized for his teaching and research in cardiac diseases, specifically coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease and heart failure.
Mark Bowen, MD completed his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and currently specializes in General Orthopedics, knee reconstruction, shoulder arthroscopy, and sports medicine at the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute. Dr. Bowen is also an active Team Physician for the Chicago Bears National Football League.
Buck Briggs, JD is Assistant General Counsel to the National Football League’s Management Council and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he teaches Sports Law. Additionally, he is an arbitration consultant to the NFL Players Association, in representation of NFL players with injury grievances. Mr. Briggs has also served as Staff Counsel for the Federation of Professional Athletes, for which he also specialized in arbitration, as well as collective bargaining.
Michael Cramer, JD received his JD degree from Marquette University School of Law. Mr. Cramer formerly served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Southwest Sports Group, LLC and Southwest Sports Realty, LLC, through which he served as the President of the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Mr. Cramer is presently the Chief Administrative Officer of Pinnacle Foods, Corp. in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey.
Mark Estes, MD completed his medical education at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Estes is currently a Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and is the Director of the New England Cardiac Arrhythmia Services.
Gary Green, MD completed his medical degree at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia and is currently in private practice in Pacific Palisades, California. In addition to his practice, Dr. Green is also the Team Physician for Pepperdine University, the US National Soccer Team and is the consultant to Major League Baseball on Anabolic Steroids and Performance-enhancing drugs.
Michael Krauss, MD completed his medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Krauss is a practicing physician in the Department of Orthopedics at the Lafayette Orthopedic Clinic in Lafayette, Indiana. Dr. Krauss is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the American College of Sports Medicine, and is the Chairman of the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports.
Robert Lattinville, JD received his JD degree from Indiana University. He is currently a partner in the St. Louis firm of Stinson, Morrison, Hecker, LLP, where he practices in the Business Division. In addition to his practice in business-related matters, Mr. Lattinville has created a practice in Sports Law, through which he represents amateur, professional, and Olympic athletes within the U.S., Canada and Europe, as well as universities and coaches in NCAA and contract matters.
Barry Maron, MD is currently the Director of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Center at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation. Dr. Maron has completed a comprehensive investigation on the causes and demographics of sudden cardiac death during sports, athlete’s heart syndrome and its distinction from heart disease. Dr. Maron has also assisted in determining competition eligibility for athletes with cardiovascular abnormalities and constructing practice guidelines for athlete screening.
Matt Mitten, JD earned his JD from the University of Toledo College of Law and is currently teaching courses in Amateur Sports Law and Professional Sports Law at the Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is serving as the Director of the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University Law School. Professor Mitten has delivered lectures and presentations on various aspects of Sports Law at conferences held in the U.S., Australia and China.
Mark Murphy, JD completed his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from American University and later a JD degree from Georgetown University Law Center. While working towards his MBA in the off-season, Mr. Murphy was an active player for the Washington Redskins pro football team. Mr. Murphy was formerly the Athletic Director of Colgate University and is currently the Director of Athletics and Recreation for Northwestern University.
Gordon Nuber, MD received his medical degree from Wayne State University, School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan and currently specializes in Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, and shoulder, knee and elbow injuries at the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. In addition, Dr. Nuber is an active Team Physician for the Chicago Bears National Football League.
Mark O’Neal, ATC completed his education at the University of Arkansas and is currently the Head Athletic Trainer for the Chicago Cubs National Baseball League Club. Prior to his career with the Cubs, Mr. O’Neal spent a number of years working with the St. Louis Cardinals as the Medical and Rehabilitation Coordinator and later as the Assistant Athletic Trainer.
Elliot Pellman, MD attended medical school at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara and the SUNY Stony Brook’s Fifth Pathway Program. Dr. Pellman is currently the Chairman of the Medical Department for the New York Jets and serves as the team’s internist. Dr. Pellman is also the Medical Director for the New York Islanders and recently became the Medical Advisor for Major League Baseball.
Eric Quandt, JD earned his JD degree from the University of Wisconsin and is currently a partner in the firm of Pugh, Jones, Johnson & Quandt, P.C. in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Quandt specializes in litigation and has tried cases involving products liability, pharmaceutical, medical malpractice, medical device, asbestos and personal injury litigation in various state and federal courts throughout the country. He has represented team physicians, athletic directors, athletic trainers and institutions in sports-related litigation.
Rochel Rittgers completed her Master’s Degree in physical education from the University of Northern Iowa. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Education at Augustana University. She has recently completed a 6-year assignment with the NCAA’s Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports. Ms. Rittgers has also had significant involvement with NATA’s Appropriate Medical Coverage for Intercollegiate Athletics Force.
John Ruger received his European Masters Degree in Sports Organization Management from the University of Claude Bernard in Lyon, France. He is a former Olympic biathlon athlete and has participated in nine Summer and Winter games as an athlete, coach and administrator. Mr. Ruger is currently the Athlete Ombudsman for the United States Olympic Committee, through which he provides independent advice to athletes about the provisions of various Olympic competition groups, mediates disputes and is integral in the development and implementation of USOC policy that continues to secure the rights and best interests of athletes.
Peter Rush, JD completed his studies in law at Duke University Law School and is currently a member of the Litigation Department of Bell, Boyd & Lloyd, LLC, Chicago, IL. While versed in various aspects of commercial litigation, Mr. Rush is predominately known for his work in sports law litigation. Specifically, Mr. Rush has represented universities, high schools, coaches, student-athletes and Olympic athletes in matters pertaining to eligibility, transfers, contract liability and classifications.
Michael Schafer, MD is presently the Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Schafer has made significant contributions to sports medicine through his work as the Orthopedic Consultant for the Chicago Cubs, the former team physician for the Chicago Bears, and through his service with the Major League Baseball Medical Advisory Committee.
Richard Sevcik, JD received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School and currently practices with the firm of Bell, Boyd, & Lloyd, LLC in Chicago, Illinois. The concentration of Mr. Sevcik’s practice is that of exempt organizations and health care, through which he has gained significant experience in representing health care systems in matters such as physician recruitment and integration, mergers and acquisitions, and the restructuring of health care systems.
Mark Upton, MD completed his medical education at McGill University in Canada. Dr. Upton currently specializes in Cardiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, with interests specifically in the areas of Arrhythmias, Cardiomyopathy, Congestive Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease and Hypertension.

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