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Changing the Game: Sports Medicine and the Opioid Crisis

Accredited for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Changing the Game: How Sports Medicine Can Help with the Opioid Crisis


John Baldea, MD, CAQSM
Director, Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship
and Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine,
Indiana University School of Medicine

Team Physician, Center Grove High School

About the Speaker:

Dr. Baldea has practiced as a sports medicine specialist in the primary care setting for ten years. He focuses treatment plans on helping patients return to the activities they enjoy as quickly and safely as possible. Dr. Baldea is also a certified ImPACT consultant, and, as such, is qualified to diagnose and manage sports-related concussions.


Program Description:

Sports can be hard on the human body, and injuries are common. Some injuries are minor with short recovery times, and others can be catastrophic and might require surgery. Sports medicine physicians play a key role in pain management for musculoskeletal injuries. In this program, we will discuss the role of the “team behind the team” and how sports medicine physicians can help reduce the misuse of prescribed opiate medications, as athletes are not untouched by this epidemic.



At the end of this webinar, attendees should be able to:

  • Identify conservative therapies used to treat sports injuries, such as physical therapy, exercise, injections, neuropathic and anti-neuropathic agents, NSAIDs and antidepressants.
  • Determine appropriate short-term opioid therapy for fractures and other acute injuries.
  • Determine selective long-term opioid therapy for a poor surgical candidate.
  • Mitigate the potential for opioid misuse, abuse and addiction. 
  • Identify invasive therapies used to treat sports injuries, including interventional radiology; fluoroscopic-guided spinal (epidural, facet, transforaminal and nerve-block) injections; and surgery for obstinate chronic cases or severe acute injuries.


CME Information

Designation Statement: The Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) designates this live webinar for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Accreditation Statement: The Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Note: While offering the CME credit hours listed in these pages, these activities are not intended to provide extensive training in a field.

Disclosure: In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, educational programs sponsored by the ISMA must demonstrate balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. Prior to the activity, all faculty, authors, editors and planning committee members participating in an ISMA-sponsored activity are required to disclose to attendees any relevant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services that are discussed in an educational activity.

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If you have questions, you may contact ISMA – Continuing Medical Education staff at 
(800) 257-4762 or by email at seminars@ismanet.org.

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REGISTRATION DEADLINE:   September 20 @ 11:00 AM

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