PHATS/SPHEM 2021 Virtual Conference
14 - 15 July, 2021 | 09:00 EST


14 - 15 JULY, 2021








The 2021 PHATS/SPHEM Virtual Meeting will include a complete Annual Meeting experience from the Educational Sessions, Enhanced Education and Vendor Sessions, League Breakout Meetings, Gatorade Reception, Awards, to an interactive Exhibit Hall with innovative networking opportunities and so much more. In addition, we are thrilled to welcome SCAPH and the NHLTPS/AHLTPS to our virtual conference.

Required Materials: all attendees must have access to our digital meeting platform vFairs/Zoom. 


Wednesday, July 14

  9:00-24 hr.
PHATS/SPHEM/SCAPH EXHIBITION (viewable throughout the two day show)
PHATS/SPHEM/SCAPH Opening General Session/Joint Venture
SPHEM Enhanced Education: DaveArt
PHATS Education: Adductor Repair with Dr. Srino Bharam

Session Overview:
During this educational session by Dr Srino Bharam, MD, participants will understand the current concepts for evaluation and management of adductor related groin pain in high performance athletes. A comprehensive review of groin anatomy and correlation to injury
patterns, detailed groin examination and the role of diagnostic imaging will be highlighted in this lecture. The participants will also learn the indications for conservative and surgical management, dedicated rehabilitation protocols, and return to play criteria.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe proper evaluation for athletes with adductor related groin injury.
  • Participants will be able to identify the indications for non-surgical and surgical management of groin injuries.
  • Participants will be able to construct rehab protocols and return to sport criteria for groin injuries.

Dr. Srino Bharam

MD, participants

SCAPH Education: Targeted In-Season Training Approach with Charlie Weingroff

Session Overview:
During preparatory phases of training, we have a much larger bandwidth for stress tolerance and qualities to address. However, during in-season, optimal neurological and physiological function must be funneled to the priorities of quality and efficient technical training and competition. While this is often agreed upon, how it is achieved is reasonably debated and argued. This session will offer perspective of prioritizing how best to support the above during in-season training choice.

Dr. Charlie Weingroff

World-wide in physical therapy and athletic performance

SPHEM Enhanced Education: Blademaster
  11:00 am- 12:00 pm
PHATS Education: The Science Behind Cannabis in Sports: What the Athletic Trainer Needs to Know with Ben Cowin, Action Spine & Sports Medicine

Session Overview:
In this virtual presentation, Dr Ben Cowin will discuss the science behind cannabis in sports. The topic of cannabis has been thrusted into the forefront of the athletic world of late with the ban on CBD being lifted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), CBD being taken off of the FDA’s regulatory list, and with multiple states decimalizing and legalizing cannabis for both medical and recreational use. As it continues to grow in popularity, so do the myths and ‘wives tales’ of what cannabis potentially can do. Dr Cowin will want to take a look at the literature and tell exactly what does science say about the plant, phytocannabinoids, and the therapeutic potential it may have for you and your athletes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The participants will be able to recognize the difference between CBD & THC
  2. The participants will be able to explain the basic function of the endocannabinoid system (ECS)
  3. The participants will be able to discuss the clinical implications of certain phytocannaboids

Dr. Benjamin R. Cowin (DC, MS, ATC, CAFS)

National expert in high performance for competitive athletes and active executives

SPHEM Enhanced Education: Bauer
  11:00-11:30 SCAPH
SCAPH Vendor Session: Oura Ring: Performance and Recovery Science for the Elite Athlete with Josh Hagan
SCAPH Education: Practical Application of Dry-Land Sprint Training for Ice Hockey, Derek Hansen

Session Overview:
This presentation will cover the practical nuances of implementing an effective off-season and in-season speed training program using both dry-land sprinting techniques and on-ice speed training. It will include an examination of basic locomotion mechanics and how sprinting relates to actual on-ice acceleration. Coaching cues and programming guidelines will be presented for all scenarios encountered throughout a typical year.

Derek Hansen

International Sport Performance Consultant

SPHEM Enhanced Education: BladeScan
PHATS Vendor Session: Therabody. Intro by Sweat It Out with Cool Compression technology by Lontex Corp.
SPHEM Enhanced Education: TRUE Hockey. Video Introduction by Bladetech Hockey
PHATS Education: Management of Shoulder Instability in the Contact Athlete with Dr. Frank Petrigliano, LA Kings

Session Overview:
This session will focus on the in-season management of shoulder instability and the role of non-surgical and surgical intervention in the contact athlete.

Dr. Petrigliano

Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of the Epstein Family Center for Sports Medicine at Keck Medicine of USC

SCAPH Vendor Session: Catapult
PHATS AHL League Meeting
SPHEM AHL League Meeting with CCM
PHATS and SPHEM USHL League Meeting
PHATS NCAA League Meeting
SPHEM NCAA League Meeting
NHL PHATS/SPHEM Gatorade Reception: Virtual Whisky Flight Tasting
PHATS Canadian Hockey League Meeting
NHL/AHL PHATS/NHLTPS/AHL Physicians Joint Health & Safety Committee Educational Session (Mandatory for NHL)

Thursday, July 15

PHATS/SPHEM/SCAPH EXHIBITION (viewable throughout the two day show)
  9:00 am - 10:00 am
PHATS Education: Evidence for the Benefit of Dietary Supplements for Team Sport Athletes by Linda Samuels 

Session Overview:
Nutritional supplements are a multi-billion-dollar industry but where is the proof that any of them benefit health or performance? The majority of studies involving the relationship between supplements and athletic performance have been carried out utilizing an endurance-exercise model. Although, most team sports have an aerobic component, they are characterized by bursts of high-intensity activity requiring power, speed and quick decision-making. All athletes are looking for an “edge” and professionals working with athletes are charged with improving performance while keeping them safe.

Learning Objectives:

  • Compile and summarize the research supporting the role of the supplement in improving performance.
  • Identify the potential mechanism(s) of action by which the supplement enhances function.
  • List at least 3 food / supplement sources for each supplement discussed, as well as efficacious dosages.

Linda Samuels, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN

Consultant Sports Dietitian in Chicago

SPHEM Enhanced Education: SaniSport
SPHEM Enhanced Education: Warrior
PHATS Vendor Session: Sports Medicine Concepts
SPHEM Enhanced Education: BlackStone Sports
SPHEM Enhanced Education: Byonic
PHATS Vendor Session:
SCAPH Vendor Session: Keiser with Ty Sevin
PHATS/SPHEM Education: Work-Life Balance: Managing Different Elements in Correct Proportions with Nadja West, First African American Army Surgeon General and Former Commanding General, US Army Medical Command

Session Overview:
Nadja West – accomplished military leader, female trailblazer, mother, wife, medical professional, and more – shares her strategies and lessons-learned on achieving work-life balance. Using examples from her own experience defining and managing priorities for herself, her family, and her career, she demonstrates that to maintain balance, it is up to you to define the correct proportions – not someone else. That we must determine what is important and what we can live without, what we are willing to let go and what takes priority. Knowing that PHATS’ members have had a challenging year, we want to offer this session to help inspire and arm them with tips on how to have a successful and rewarding work and home life. Nadja’s background is inspiring as the first African American Army Surgeon General, and we know her trailblazing efforts will be inspirational to the group.

Nadja West

First African American Army Surgeon General and Former Commanding General, US Army Medical Command

SCAPH Vendor Session: Hawkin Dynamics
  12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
PHATS Education: Visual Demands in Hockey with Dr. Shirley Blanc

Session Overview:
This session by Dr Shirley Blanc is intended to broaden what it means to use vision in the game of hockey, in addition to simply seeing clearly. The influence of visual processing on motor responses will be discussed, as well as evidence-based information about specific visual skills that are essential for optimum performance in all positions. Considerations for training and vision enhancement will be outlined, including equipment that can help develop a successful vision training program, as well as resources to collaborate with a sports vision trained Optometrist.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to recognize the different types of visual processing: central vs peripheral, attentive vs subconscious, and importance with respect to accurate and well timed motor responses.
  2. Participants will be able to associate various visual skills relevant in hockey, literature references, and considerations for training and enhancement.
  3. Participants will be able to identify how intangible factors such as stress or fatigue, can influence visual processing.
  4. Participants will be able formulate a vision training program, including examples of equipment, as well as collaborating with a specialized vision professional.

Dr. Shirley Blanc, HBSc, OD, FNORA

Vision Performance Consultant for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Marlies

SCAPH Education: Individual acceleration force-velocity-power profiling: concepts, methods and applications with JB Morin

Session Overview:
In this session, Pr Morin will present the concepts of sprint acceleration mechanics and individual force-velocity-power profiling specifically applied to ice-hockey. The assessment of force output magnitude and orientation during on-ice acceleration tests will be described through the use of field methods validated in the ice-hockey context in recently published research. The key variables of interest will be discussed in relation to performance, monitoring and individualized training orientation. Finally, a very recently published « in-situ » approach will be described, in which key variables are determined from specific ice-hockey position-time data collected during training or game. Testing the players without testing.

Jean-Benoit (JB) Morin

Professor at the University of Saint-Etienne (France), and a member of the Interuniversity Laboratory of Human Movement Biology (LIBM)

SPHEM Enhanced Education: Vaughn
SPHEM Enhanced Education: Elite Blade Performance Technology
SPHEM Exhibit Hall Open
PHATS Vendor Session
SPHEM Associate Education: Sewing with Ian Cox and Alex Menezes with the Ottawa Senators
SCAPH Vendor Session: 1080 Motion: Motorized Resistance – From Rehabilitation to Performance with Dr. Ola Erikstrud

Ola Eriksrud

Associate Professor at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences

PHATS Education: Hand and Wrist Injuries in Hockey with Dr. Steve Shin

Session Overview:
This presentation by Dr Steven Shin, MD, will focus on common hand and wrist injuries seen in hockey players. Dr Shin will review the anatomy and physiology of the wrist and hand, mechanism of wrist injuries, and physical examination. He and will also discuss his experience, philosophy, and the latest techniques in treating these various injuries.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to identify the anatomy of the wrist and hand.
  • Participants will be able to recognize common wrist and hand injuries.
  • Participants will be able to develop treatment and rehabilitation plans for common wrist and hand injuries.


Dr. Steven Shin is a renowned orthopaedic hand surgeon based in Los Angeles

SPHEM Education: Shotblocker Presentation with Dan Palsson, ASKJA
SCAPH Education: Managing Resiliency and Performance Capacity in Individuals with Jim LaValle

Session Overview:
The demands of training and performance requires recovery not just from games but management of body systems that allow for maintenance of durability, resiliency, and peak performance capacity. In this education module we will emphasize the relationship connectivity of 3 major bio-circuits: Adrenal Thyroid Pancreas, Cardiopulmonary-Neurovascular and Sex Hormones (Testosterone-Estrogen and Progesterone) and interventions that help manage important features related to stress response, metaflammation, hormonal signaling and nervous system response.

  • The learner will gain knowledge and insight into allostatic load, influences of the HPA axis and be able to describe shifts and its consequences toward metaflammation.
  • The learner will be able to describe the impact of cortisol on sex hormone production along with the net effect on chemistry
  • The learner will be able to describe the net effect of bone loss and poor repair due to imbalances in stress response, pH alteration and other contributing factors.
  • The learner will learn nutrients that support managing Allostatic load, stress response and symptoms related to HPA axis disruption
  • The learner will learn nutrients that support resiliency of testosterone production
  • The learner will gain insight into structuring a plan in the management of a player biochemical-biomechanical milieu.

James B. LaValle R.Ph.,C.C.N.,M.T.,ND (trad)

Clinical pharmacist, author, board certified clinical nutritionist, and expert and educator in integrative and precision health

SPHEM Enhanced Education: Lululemon
PHATS Hot Stove
SPHEM Hot Stove

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you will need to enter your name and email address along with additional information to enjoy all PHATS/SPHEM Virtual Event features.
Yes, you can register as a Guest. League only meetings are not available to Guests.
Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can use these details to access the online event.
You can e-mail Anita or Natalie with any general event questions.

Send an email to for any technical assistance.
The event will remain open 24/7 for 30 days. Therefore, you can attend whenever it’s convenient for you during this period of time. However, in order to receive CEUs from the BOC, you will need to be logged in and attending the PHATS educational sessions during their live scheduled presentations. Attendance at these sessions will be tracked for CEUs.
The on-demand content will be hosted for 30 days following the event. To view the content, you must be registered for the virtual event.
Yes, the Exhibit Hall will remain open from 9:00am on 7/14 through 9:30pm on 7/15. You can also access the exhibit hall content for 30 days following the event. You must be registered for the event to access the Exhibit Hall.
No, the meetings are for members and registered guests only.

Continuing Education

Athletic Trainers

Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society (PHATS) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to offer continuing education (CE) to Certified Athletic Trainers.

Post Meeting evaluations & assessments are to be completed by all members. PHATS CEU certificates will be emailed to the members after the conference upon completion of the PHATS post conference evaluation & assessment.

Those who register for the Virtual Conference will also have the opportunity to attend virtual continuing education courses that PHATS is planning throughout the Summer.

SCAPH (Strength and Conditioning Coaches):
TBD Continuing Education Credits for NSCA for strength coaches who attend the SCAPH sessions during the week

Credit hours are subject to change based on the final meeting agenda. In order to receive your CEU credits, all meetings as well as the exhibit hall must be attended.




NHL Athletic Trainers/Equipment Managers: $400
AHL Athletic Trainers/Equipment Managers: $300
All Other Athletic Trainers/Equipment Managers: $200


**Membership Dues for the 2021-2022 Season are due at the time of the meeting registration. (Dues paid prior to March 1, 2021 are considered dues for the 2020 hockey season)

NHL Athletic Trainer: $500
AHL Head Athletic Trainer: $275
AHL Assistant Athletic Trainer: $250
All Other Athletic Trainers: $100

NHL Equipment Manager: $500
AHL Equipment Manager: $250
All Other Equipment Managers: $100



NHL Strength & Conditioning Coaches: $400
AHL Strength & Conditioning Coaches: $300
All Other Strength & Conditioning Coaches: $200


**Membership Dues for the 2021-2022 Season are due at the time of the meeting registration. If you are not attending the annual meeting, you can still register for Dues Only on the meeting registration site.

NHL Strength and Conditioning Coach: $500
NHL Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach: $500
ALL OTHER Strength and Conditioning Coaches: $125


If you are NOT a member of PHATS/SPHEM or SCAPH or an EXHIBITOR and would like to attend the Virtual meeting, please register as a GUEST.


Guests: $350



Complimentary for all NHLTPS members.



Exhibit Booth: $700 for the 2-day show

Exhibit Booth + Digital Directory Supplier Membership: $1500

*$1600 if purchased after July 2nd.
**discounted from $1700. Membership good for one year from purchase date.

Conference Cancellation Policy/Refund

A full refund will be given for cancellations made before July 1, 2021. No refund will be given for cancellations made after July 1, 2021.

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