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5th Annual Hip Preservation Program Conference: Management of the Athlete’s Hip

May 21, 2022

In collaboration with UPMC Sports Medicine, UPMC Orthopaedic Care invites you to attend the 5th Annual Hip Preservation Program Conference, which will be held virtually on Saturday, May 21st. Course directors Craig Mauro, MD, Volker Musahl, MD, and David Spaeder, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, designed this year’s course for physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, and athletic trainers to help better assist with the diagnosis and management of athletes’ hips.

The conference will last from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. and consist of 19 individual presentations by experts in orthopaedic surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical therapy, athletic training, and student-athlete behavioral health and wellness. Each segment (diagnosis, cutting/impingement sports, flexibility sports, contact sports, overhead/asymmetric sports, endurance sports, and return to sport) ends with a brief Q&A.

CME credit will be available for the live conference, as well as via courses on the UPMC Physician Resources website following the conference. Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to understand current procedures for athletic hip injuries, discuss relevant rehabilitation principles of joint and soft tissue hip injuries, discuss non-operative medical interventions, including ultrasound imaging and injections with the management of hip pain, and apply current return-to-sport literature to ensure appropriate progression of the patients back onto the playing field.

Topics covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Hip Injury Patterns in Athletes
  • Physical Examination and Radiographic Overview of the Hip
  • Surgical Intervention for FAI 
  • Rehab Principles in the Cutting Athlete 
  • Surgical Management and Rehab of Groin Pain Syndromes 
  • Overview of the Hip in Flexibility Sports 
  • Surgical Management of the Unstable Athletic Hip
  • Rehab Principles and Considerations of the Unstable Athletic Hip 
  • Traumatic Instability 
  • Transitioning the Athletic Hip to the Weight Room and Field 
  • Overview of Hip Pain in Rotational/Asymmetric Athletes 
  • Rehab Principles in the Asymmetric/Rotation Athlete
  • Role of Ultrasound Imaging and Injections for In-season Management of Soft Tissue Hip Disorders 
  • Running Evaluation and Biomechanics 
  • Return to Sport Principles and Testing
  • Psychological Considerations with Return to Sport 

Course Directors

Craig Mauro, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Associate Program Director, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program
Assistant Team Physician, Pittsburgh Steelers

Volker Musahl, MD
Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Chief, Division of Sports Medicine
Medical Director, UPMC Rooney Sports Complex
Program Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program

David Spaeder, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS
Senior Physical Therapist
UPMC Centers for Rehab Services, Chapel Harbor, UPMC St. Margaret

Registration Information

The registration fee is $30. 

  • Visit our course registration page.
  • Click on Register/Take Course
  • After registering, an electronic confirmation will be set to the email address you provided when you registered. 
  • Questions? Contact Dave Spaeder, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, at or 412-781-0602.

About the Hip Preservation Program at UPMC Orthopaedic Care

If you have hip problems — whether congenital, developmental, sports-related, or post-traumatic — our Hip Preservation Program can help. Our team:

  • Offers assessments, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation for many hip conditions.
  • Brings together top experts who treat active people of all ages with a broad range of hip disorders.
  • Seeks to preserve the hip while optimizing its function.

Common conditions seen include femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), labral tears, athletic injuries, sports hernia (core muscle injury), hip dysplasia, sprains and strains, and avascular necrosis (AVN).

To refer a patient or schedule an appointment, please call 412-784-5770.