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Managing the Adolescent Athlete

Saturday, May 10 at 8:00 AM
Absolute Performance Therapy, PC, Waukee Show Map


Today’s children are involved in an increasing number of activities at a younger and younger age. With increased participation comes increased injury risk. The combination of greater activity, early growth, and structural asymmetry has increased the severity of issues we are seeing in younger athletes. Issues will be discussed that can be prevented with critical assessment through biomechanical analysis, patient/parent education, and proper training.

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Target Audience

Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, physical therapists/PTA, athletic trainers, certified strength and conditioning specialists, coaches, parents, and physical education teachers.


To educate health professionals regarding commonly missed diagnosis in the youth athlete. The goal is to create a group of health professionals that can provide comprehensive education to parents and athletes in order to prevent injury and manage injury effectively when it occurs.


Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Complete a full biomechanical evaluation of an athlete to assess injury risk.
  2. Discuss nutritional considerations in the adolescent athlete and how they differ from the adult with respect to healing injury and supporting sports performance.
  3. Discuss compensatory strategies of injury/pain and the effect on the biomechanical chain.
  4. Discuss positive and negative outcomes with bracing and when it should be utilized and discontinued.
  5. Discuss ways to prevent ACL tear, labral tear, stress fracture, etc.
  6. Discuss concussion management in youth compared to collegiate/adult athletes.



Presentation Title and Speaker

8 a.m.

Introduction and Objectives
Alyssa Subbert, PT

8:05 a.m.

The Adolescent Knee
Nicholas Honkamp, MD

8:45 a.m.

ACL Rehab and Prevention
Alyssa Subbert, PT

9:25 a.m.

Hip Injuries – Labral Tear – The New ACL
Christopher Nelson, DO

10:05 a.m.

Labral Tear: Cumulative vs Acute
Alyssa Subbert, PT

10:25 a.m.

Morning Break

10:35 a.m.

Stress Fractures
Shawn Spooner, MD

11:05 a.m.

Stress Fracture: Cause and Prevention
Alyssa Subbert, PT

11:25 a.m.

Bracing: Cure or Cause?
Alyssa Subbert, PT

11:40 a.m.

Nutrition in Athletes
Jenn DeWall, RDN, CSSD, LD

12:25 p.m.


1:15 p.m.

The Throwing Arm
Jason Sullivan, MD

2 p.m.

Causes of Shoulder Pathology: It’s Not the Shoulder’s Fault
Alyssa Subbert, PT

2:40 p.m.

Concussions: It’s a Brain Injury
Marc Molis, MD, FAAFP

3:40 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:50 p.m.

Concussion Prevention
Alyssa Subbert, PT

4:20 p.m.

Biomechanics – Putting the Athlete Together
Alyssa Subbert, PT

4:55 p.m.

The New Sports Physical
Shawn Spooner, MD and Alyssa Subbert, PT

5:40 p.m.

Questions and Adjourn

6 p.m.



Unless indicated, relevant to the content of this educational activity, the speakers have nothing to disclose. 

  • Jenn DeWall, RDN, CSSD, LD, Nutrition in Motion, LLC – Bio 
  • Nicholas Honkamp, MD, Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeon, PC – Bio
  • Marc Molis, M.D., FAAFP,  Unity Point Sports Medicine – Bio
  • Christopher Nelson, DO, Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeon, PC – Bio
  • Shawn Spooner, MD, Unity Point Sports Medicine – Bio
  • Jason Sullivan, MD, Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeon, PC – Bio
  • Alyssa Subbert, PT, CSCS, FAFS, CEAS, CFCE, Absolute Performance Therapy, PC – Bio

Ms. Subbert indicated she is the owner of Absolute Performance Therapy. 


  • $185 – Medical professionals (physicians, physician assistants, nurses, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, athletic trainers, etc.)
  • $100 – Non-medical professionals (certified strength and conditioning specialists, coaches, parents, and physical education teachers, etc.)

Cancellation policy

  • All cancellations must be received in writing at cme@dmu.edu.
  • A $20 nonrefundable administrative fee will be charged for all cancellations.
  • No refunds will be given three (3) business days prior to the activity start date.
  • Individuals who fail to attend the activity (no-shows) will not be entitled to any refund. Forfeited fees may not be applied to subsequent activities.


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Alyssa Subbert PT, CSCS, FAFS, CFCE, CEAS
225 East Hickman
Waukee, Iowa

Continuing Education

ACCME: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and IMS LogoPolicies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through joint sponsorship of Des Moines University (DMU) and Accelerated Performance Therapy.  DMU is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live education activity for a maximum of 8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AOA: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the essential areas and policies of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) through the joint sponsorship of Des Moines University (DMU). DMU approves this educational activity for a maximum of 8.0 hours of AOA Category 2-A CME credit.

IBON: Des Moines University Continuing Medical Education is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 10.0 continuing education contact hours. No partial credit awarded.  

BOC: Des Moines University is recognized by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education for Certified Athletic Trainers. ThisDes Moines University is a BOC Approved Provider program has been approved for a maximum of 8.25 hours of Category A continuing education. Certified Athletic Trainers are responsible for claiming only those hours actually spent participating in the continuing education activity. BOC Approved Provider Number: P509.

National Strength and Conditioning: NSCA Certification Executive Council approved 0.8 CEU(s) for CSCS and NSCA-CPT certified individuals attending this event.

Physical education teachers and coaches: This clinic is approved for one renewal activity for the renewal of a coaching authorization from the BOEE.

Other: This live activity is designated for 8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

The Iowa Board of Examiners for Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology and Audiology, and Recreational Therapy does not pre-approve continuing education. This course meets the State of Iowa criteria for continuing education in these professions.

Disclosure statement

The information provided at this  activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. DMU CME adheres to ACCME Standards regarding industry support of continuing medical education. Disclosure of faculty and commercial sponsor relationships (if any) will be made known at the activity.

Des Moines University (DMU) prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend DMU sponsored activities. If you have questions/concerns, please contact the DMU CME office at 515-271-1596 or cme@dmu.edu.