Loras College to host IATS Summer Clinical Symposium and Business Meeting

On Sunday, June 2, Loras College will host the 2013 Iowa Athletic Trainer’s Society (IATS) Annual Summer Meeting. The event doubles as a fundraiser to support annual IATS undergraduate and graduate scholarships. It will include Sunday presentations by Sakiko Oyama, Ph.D., and Loras College alumnus Michael McCrea, Ph.D., and features concurrent educational sessions for licensed health care professionals as well as athletic training students.
“I believe anyone who attends this year’s meeting will find it well worth their time,” said Loras’ Head Athletic Trainer Chris Kamm. “We always have strong speakers at this meeting, but we don’t get to hear from one of the top researchers on concussions and a Loras alum every year…especially alongside these other highly respected speakers.”
The clinical symposia will start at 8:00 am on Sunday and run through the early afternoon.
Dr. Oyama’s session will focus on etiology of upper extremity injuries. She is currently at University of Texas-San Antonio as an assistant professor and researcher and earned a Ph.D from the University of North Carolina.
Former head athletic trainer for the Duhawks and current Mayo Clinic Athletic Trainer Jake Hesse will also cover upper extremity injuries and treatment of concussions.
Dr. McCrea (’88), whose resume includes brain trauma work with the United States Department of Defense and The Center for Study of Retired Athletes, is based out of Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. McCrea earned bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Sociology from Loras and followed those with master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is currently Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology and Director of Brain Injury Research at Medical College of Wisconsin and President of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN).
McCrea is widely considered an expert and leader in research on sports related concussions and Post-Concussion Syndrome and will speak on these and similar topics on Sunday.
Registrations for Certified Athletic Trainers ($50) and students ($25) are being accepted HERE through June 1.
The Iowa Athletic Trainer’s Society is composed of highly skilled health care professionals.  Through research, education, and service IATS works to advance, encourage, and improve the profession of athletic training.
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