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Medicine & Science in Ultra-Endurance Sports

Medicine & Science in Ultra-Endurance Sports

June 24 and 25, 2014 (Tuesday and Wednesday of race week)

Squaw Valley, USA

An Invitation:

Please join us for this unique and exciting conference. Whether you’re an exercise scientist, clinician who cares for endurance athletes, race director, coach or endurance athlete, you will find sessions of interest. We have an impressive group of speakers joining us from three countries – most have been key in the development of new knowledge on these topics, many have considerable practical experience in providing medical care to ultra-endurance athletes, and several have respectable endurance sport accomplishments. This conference is certain to provide for an exhilarating educational experience….and in a beautiful setting that can’t be beat.  I look forward to seeing you in Squaw Valley!
Marty Hoffman, MD
Conference Program Director

Who should attend:

  • Clinicians
  • Scientists
  • Race directors
  • Educated coaches
  • Educated athletes

Program Schedule:

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

7:00 — 8:00 AM Registration and Breakfast (provided)
8:00 — 8:15 AM Welcome and Historical Background on the WSER Research Program — Hoffman
8:15 — 9:15 AM Cardiac Function in Ultramarathoners — Oxborough
9:15 — 10:00 AM Neuromuscular Fatigue: Lessons from Extreme Sport — Millet
10:00 — 10:15 AM Break
10:15 — 11:15 AM Effects of Ultra-Endurance Exercise and Carbohydrate Restriction on Membrane Fatty Acids, Inflammation, and Insulin Sensitivity — Phinney
11:15 — 11:45 AM Gastrointestinal Distress in Ultramarathoners — Stuempfle
11:45 AM — 12:15 PM Sodium Supplementation, Drinking Strategies and Weight Change in a 100-Mile Ultramarathon — Hoffman
12:15 — 1:15 PM Lunch (on your own)
1:15 — 2:15 PM Barefoot/Minimalist Shoe Running and Foot Strike Pattern — Kirby
2:15 — 3:00 PM Sacrificing Economy to Improve Running Performance: A Reality in the Ultramarathon? — Millet
3:00 — 3:15 PM Break
3:15 — 4:15 PM Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia — Hew-Butler
4:15 — 5:15 PM Rhabdomyolysis and Acute Kidney Injury — Weiss
7:30 — 9:30 PM Welcome Reception (hors d’oeuvres and cash bar)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

7:00 — 8:00 AM Breakfast (provided)
8:00 — 8:45 AM Injury Pattern in 100-Mile Ultramarathoners — Khodaee
8:45 — 9:15 AM Medical Needs at Ultra-Endurance Footraces: Setting the Stage — Hoffman
9:15 — 10:15 AM Key Medical Issues at Ultra-Endurance Footraces — Krabak
10:15 — 10:30 AM Break
10:30 — 11:15 AM Medical Needs at Ultra-Endurance Footraces: Race Director’s Perspective — Thornley
11:15 AM — 12:15 PM Medical Needs at Ultra-Endurance Footraces: Medical Director’s Perspective — Pasternak
12:15 — 1:15 PM Lunch (on your own)
1:15 — 2:00 PM Medical Needs at Ultra-Endurance Footraces: Special Considerations — Hoffman
2:00 — 2:45 PM Panel Discussion, Questions and Answers — Panel
2:45 — 3:00 PM Break
3:00 — 5:00 PM Case Studies and Lessons Learned — Panel
5:00 — 5:15 PM Closing Remarks — Hoffman

Schedule is subject to change

Registration Fee:  $300

Continuing Medical Education:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Wilderness Medical Society and the Western States Endurance Run Foundation.  The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of 15.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM.  Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.



Marty Hoffman, MD (Conference Program Director)
Professor of PM&R, University of California Davis
Director of Research, Western States Endurance Run

Bob Hartmann, MD
Amador County Public Health Officer
Volunteer Clinical Faculty, Department of Internal Medicine, University of California Davis

Tamara Hew-Butler, DPM, PhD
Assistant Professor, Exercise Science, Oakland University

Morteza Khodaee, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Co-Medical Director, Leadville 100 Race Series

Kevin Kirby, DPM, MS
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Applied Biomechanics, California School of Podiatric Medicine

Brian Krabak, MD, MBA
Clinical Associate Professor, Rehabilitation, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Sports Medicine
Medical Director RacingThePlanet 4 Deserts Ultramarthons

Guillaume Millet, PhD
Professor of Exercise Physiology, University of Calgary

David Oxborough, PhD
Reader in Cardiovascular Physiology, Liverpool John Moores University

Andy Pasternak, MD, MS
Silver Sage Sport Performance/ Silver Sage Center for Family Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Nevada School of Medicine
Medical Director, Tahoe Rim Endurance Races

Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Medicine, University of California Davis

Kristin Stuempfle, PhD
Professor, Health Sciences Department, Gettysburg College

Craig Thornley, MS
Race Director, Western States Endurance Run

Brandee Waite, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of PM&R, University of California Davis

Robert H. Weiss, MD
Professor, Nephrology, University of California Davis
Medical Director, Western States Endurance Run

Presented in collaboration with the Wilderness Medical Society