Medicine Symposium Highlighted by Hall of Fame Induction

BOULDER, Colo. – The 2013 USA Rugby Sports Medicine Symposium added to the successful, professional atmosphere at the Vegas Sevens in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Symposium's fourth installment was hosted by Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino from February 7-8.

More than 100 physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists, chiropractors, physician assistants, healthcare students, nurses and massage therapists from six different countries attended the medical conference. Those in attendance were given the state-of-the-art education required to continue to provide the best medical care for those that participate in the game of rugby.

Experts from across the world discussed current medicine and science of concussions at the concussion session on Thursday night before a cocktail party at Planet Hollywood. IRB Chief Medical Officer Martin Raftery held two separate lectures and applauded the efforts of USA Rugby and those in attendance.

Live surgical demonstrations were also performed, a unique opportunity for all involved to witness surgeons at work firsthand.

"I am very pleased with the continued support and attendance at the Symposium," Michael Keating, director of medical services at USA Rugby, said. "As the game has grown in the United States, so has player support – including healthcare. It is wonderful to see how many professionals are invested in player welfare."

Lyle Micheli, MD was inducted into the USA Rugby Sports Medicine Hall of Fame. Mitchell is the director of the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital, Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston, and was named the O'Donnell Family Professor of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital in 2005.

A former rugby player as an undergraduate and medical student at Harvard University, Micheli played prop for Boston Rugby Club, Cleveland Blues, RFC, Washington Rugby Club, and was a player-coach for Mystic Rugby Club. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the United States Rugby Football Foundation in 1984 and was elected Chairman of the USA Rugby Medical and Risk Management Committee in 2001.

Please visit the USA Rugby Sports Medicine Symposium website for information regarding the 2014 Symposium, which will also coincide with the 2014 USA Sevens tournament.