Conference scheduled for Aug. 17 at Hilton Carillon Park in St. Petersburg

CLEARWATER, Fla., (June 19, 2019)— Dr. Rhett Polka, a leading innovator in physical therapy, headlines an impressive lineup of clinicians and sports medicine professionals at the 2019 BayCare Sports Medicine Conference.

Scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 17 at Hilton Carillon Park, 950 Lake Carillon Dr., St. Petersburg, the conference will provide a comprehensive look at innovations in the field of sports medicine.

Dr. Polka has revolutionized the way we look at injury prevention and recovery, developing a system that focuses on function and physiology rather than the injury at hand.

Other presenters include:

Kevin Elder, MD, Sports Medicine – Advances in Stem Cell and Platelet Rich Plasma Therapies

Eric James, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon – Foot and Ankle Injuries and the Importance of Rehab

Douglas Carlan, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon – Common Sports-Related Hand and Wrist Injuries

Koco Eaton, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon – ACL Tears, Latest Advancements in Treatment and Recovery

John Kilgore, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon – MAKO, Total Knee Replacement in the Athlete

Continuing education hours (CEH) and continuing medical education credits (CMEs) are being offered to health care professionals for attending the conference. No partial credit is given; you must attend the whole conference to receive credits.

The credits offered are:

Physician/Physician Assistants – 5 CMEs
Nursing – 5.5 CEH
Occupational Therapists/OT Assistants – 6 CEH
Physical Therapists/PT Assistants – 6 CEH
Radiology Technician – 5.5 CEH

Registration fees are $35 for adults and $55 for physicians and health care professionals seeking continuing education hours. Registration includes all sessions, a continental breakfast and lunch.

To register, go to or call (727) 940-2757.

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