Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat and Clinical Symposium, Sept 18-21, 2013, Vancouver, BC: Registration and Abstract Submission now open ~ By Jordana Bieze Foster

This post was originally published on the BJSM blog site. Used with permission.

If the last 10 years have been the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) decade, the next 10 just might be the decade of patellofemoral pain (PFP). As described by Lower Extremity Review magazine, the exact mechanism by which ACL injuries occur remains something of a mystery, but sports medicine researchers have identified key predictive variables and verified the effectiveness of several training interventions for prevention. Perhaps as important, ACL injuries and the associated gender issues are now part of the sports world’s collective consciousness – something that was not the case a decade ago.

Sports medicine experts are hoping to similarly raise PFP’s profile. PFP spends far less time in the spotlight but is just as devastating to an athlete.

“It’s been a very big problem,” said Professor Irene Davis, director of the Spaulding National Running Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA.

Vancouver - International Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat & Clinical SymposiumTo raise the profile and advance the field of PFP, researchers and clinicians have borrowed a strategy that has been used with considerable success by the ACL camp –the research retreat. Following the lead of their counterparts, patellofemoral pain clinicians and researchers have gathered twice since 2009 for an intimate and intense conference.

Each retreat culminated in a consensus statement summarizing the current state of the science and suggesting future directions. PFP experts plan to tackle this problem head on when they meet for the third annual Patellofemoral Pain Research Retreat and Clinical Symposium, Sept 18-21st, 2013, in Vancouver, British Columbia Canada.

The Patellofemoral Research Retreat (September 18-20) provides researchers and clinicians an opportunity to learn, network, and present. Keynote speakers will include Professor Irene Davis, a world expert in patellofemoral pain and running bio-mechanics, and Professor Paul Hodges, Director of the NHMRC Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury, and Health at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Abstracts for presentation at the research retreat will be accepted until April 30.

As in previous years, this gathering will be intimate and intense. It will culminate with the creation of a consensus statement that summarizes the current state of the science and suggests future directions.

Clinicians will also not want to miss the first-ever one-day International Patellofemoral Pain Clinical Symposium (September 21) at the same location. Speakers include renowned experts such as Irene Davis, Paul Hodges, Jenny McConnell, Kay Crossley, Christopher Powers, and Erik Witvrouw. Topics will include innovations in the understanding of PFP, proximal vs distal contributions to PFP, and specific or local exercises for management of PFP.

Early bird registration for both events ends June 30.

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Jordana Bieze Foster is the editor of Lower Extremity Review magazine.

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