Athletic Training Program


32nd Sports Medicine Symposium

What You Need to Know: 2017 Updates in Sports Medicine
Tuesday, May 9, 2017



Paul Thompson, MD is Chief of Cardiology at Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT, and Professor of Medicine at the University of Connecticut. He also serves as Physician Co-Director, Hartford Healthcare Heart & Vascular Institute. He has authored over 400 scientific articles on topics which include: the effects of exercise training on preventing and treating heart disease, the cardiovascular risks of vigorous exercise, the effects of exercise on lipid metabolism, the effects of statins on skeletal muscle, and genetic factors affecting the exercise response. Dr. Thompson is the Editor of the book, Exercise and Sports Cardiology. He is a Past President of the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Thompson’s research and clinical interests in exercise originate from his personal interest in distance running. He qualified for the 1972 US Olympic Marathon Trials and finished 16th in the Boston Marathon in 1976.

Seminar: Saving Athletes' Hearts: Screening Plus More

Abigail Tillman, MD attended college at Colgate University and was awarded a Bachelor of Art in Cellular Neuroscience in 2006. She received her medical degree from St.George’s University School of Medicine in 2013, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Seminar: DVT & PE in the Athlete: The Hidden Danger

Christopher Pickett, MD received his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his post doctoral training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, including fellowships in cardiology and electrophysiology. Dr. Pickett currently practices as a cardiologist in Farmington, Connecticut and is affiliated with University of Connecticut Health Center-John Dempsey Hospital.

Seminar: Evaluation of Syncope in the Athlete

Jonathan Pohl, PhD received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1997 and is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Connecticut. He is the Wellness Programs Coordinator at Central Connecticut State University.

Seminar: Suicide Prevention within the Athletic Community

Vincent Codispoti, MD received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, and following graduation entered into active duty with the United States Army. He completed his Transitional Internship and residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Upon graduation, he was given the Jaqueline Perry Award as the most outstanding graduating resident in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. After completing his residency, Dr. Codispoti remained as a staff physiatrist at Walter Reed. During that time, he served various roles, to include Director of Inpatient Rehabilitation, Director of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and Associate Residency Program Director.

Seminar: Opioid Use and the Potential for Misuse in Athletics

Susan Rubman, PhD, CBSM holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Behavioral Medicine. She is Certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. She is a past chair of the Connecticut Thoracic Society’s Sleep Disorders Section and Secretary of the Northeast Sleep Society.

Seminar: Sleep, Sports Performance, and Injuries

William Foster Jr, MPT, MBA, ATC is a Market Manager for Select Physical Therapy where he also serves as a physical therapist and athletic trainer. His education includes degrees of Masters in Physical Therapy; American International College, Masters in Business and Health Administration; Southern New Hampshire University, and a Bachelor’s in Sports Medicine from Keene State College and advanced P.T. doctoral work from Utica College.

Seminar: Clinical Reasoning for Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization and Dry Needling Techniques 

Juan C. Garbalosa, PT, PhD received his BS degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Connecticut in 1980 and a Masters of Medical Science degree from Emory University in 1987 specializing in orthopedic medicine. He has practiced in a variety of settings ranging from outpatient orthopedic to acute care inpatient settings in Connecticut, Georgia and Pennsylvania. Dr. Garbalosa obtained his Ph.D. degree in Kinesiology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1997.

Seminar: Fatigue and The Risk for Non-Contact ACL Injury: A Five-Year Experience

Robert Waskowitz, MD serves as the senior team physician for Central Connecticut State University Athletics and medical director for the Athletic Training Education Program. Dr. Waskowitz graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1990 and completed his General Surgery Internship and Orthopedic Residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He then completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the prestigious Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado. Dr. Waskowitz is one of the primary physicians covering the Summer and Winter X-Games for ESPN. He was awarded the Moyer Award from the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association in 2012 for his work as a team physician.

Seminar: Shoulder Acronyms Explained