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Morristown, NJ, May 2013 – Experts in sports medicine and combat sports came together on Friday, May 3, for the 2nd Annual Combative Sports Medicine Symposium, hosted by Atlantic Sports Health and the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at Atlantic Health System.
The program, developed by Damion Martins, MD, director of Atlantic Sports Health, and Sheryl Wulkan, MD, lead Mixed Martial Arts physician and medical chair of the Association of Boxing Commissions, included remarks by New Jersey state athletic officials, as well as several physicians in sports health.
Opening remarks were made by Aaron Davis, commissioner of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board and first vice president of the Association of Boxing Commissions.
The event also featured a presentation by Ultimate Fighting Championship Lightweight Fighter, and Sparta, NJ native, Jim Miller, and Mike Contstantino, coach and manager of UFC competitors. Miller and Constantino shared stories of both positive and negative cage-side interactions with ringside physicians and offered suggestions for improving the rapport between fight staff and medical staff, emphasizing that confidence and communication is key.
Deputy Attorney General for New Jersey Nicholas Lembo, whose numerous contributions to combat sports in New Jersey include drafting of the unified rules of mixed martial arts and advocating for uniform health and safety policy for all combat sports participants, spoke about the legal aspects of ringside medicine.
Other speakers throughout the day included Atlantic Sports Health physicians Dean Padavan, MD, Michael Kelly, DO, and Sheryl Wulkan, MD, as well as physicians Kenneth Remsen, MD, Howard Taylor, MD, Bruce Zagelbaum, MD, Charles J. Prestigiacomo, MD and Steven Oxler, MD.
The day concluded with an audience participation activity entitled, “Ringside Acuity: Fight Clips with Discussion.” Wulkan, who is also the medical director of the Long Island Sports Care Group, Inc., presented video clips of fights to the audience and put them in the role of a ringside physician, asking them how they would treat the injured fighter.
About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, comprised of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit and Newton Medical Center. The three medical centers – all accredited by The Joint Commission – have a combined total of 1,308 licensed beds and more than 2,750 affiliated physicians providing a wide array of health care services to the residents of Northern and Central New Jersey. Specialty service areas include advanced cardiovascular care, pediatric medical and surgical specialties, neurology, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Each of these programs has earned top ratings and recognitions in their respective fields. Atlantic Health System is the official health care partner of the New York Jets and an official health care provider of the New Jersey Devils.
Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more heart surgeries than any other hospital in New York or New Jersey, and is one of 20 facilities across the country to perform catheter-based repair and replacement of valves on both sides of the heart. Atlantic Health System’s spine program – where surgeons perform more spine surgery than anywhere else in New Jersey – is one of just 13 hospitals across the country that has received the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission, achieving Disease-Specific Care Certification for cervical and lumbar spine treatments. With the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute based at Overlook Medical Center, the hospital serves as the hub for the New Jersey Stroke Network, and serves about 40 percent of the state’s stroke patients. The system’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital offers more than 100 board-certified physicians in 20 pediatric specialties. Morristown Medical Center is verified as a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and designated a Level II by the state of New Jersey.
Atlantic Health System has been chosen for the past three consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” The organization has also been recognized four times by AARP as one of the “Best Employers for Workers over 50.” Inside Jersey magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and ranked Morristown Medical Center as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey and the No. 1 hospital for treatment of heart failure and coronary surgery in the state. The survey findings also establish Overlook as No.1 for the treatment of neurological disorders and stroke in NJ. Atlantic Health System is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is an affiliate of The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.