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NYSATA Conference

Wednesday, June 24, 2020


6 Category A CEUs

Cost? FREE to NYSATA* members!



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8:45AM                     Conference Opens – Introductions

                                      Aimee Brunelle, MS, ATC - NYSATA Conference Chair
                                      Ian Hurlburt, MS, ATC - NYSATA Conference Moderator

9:00 - 10:45AM         Return to Sport Testing after ACL Reconstruction: It’s Time to Step Up Our Game

                                  Return to Sports Testing Work Form
                                      ACL RTS Form

                                      NYSATA ACL RTS Slides


                                  Casey Unverzagt, PT, DSc, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT – Baylor University

                                      Evan Andreyo, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS – Wise Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine

                                      Jeff Tompkins, PT, DPT – Wise Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine


10:45 - 11:45AM       Strategies for Updating Your Concussion Management Plan

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                                       Chris Hummel, MS, ATC – Ithaca College

                                       Michael Matheny, MS, ATC – Ithaca College


11:45 - 12:45PM        The Newest Gadgets in Concussion Prevention, Evaluation and Treatment


                                  Julia D. Drattell, MEd, ATC, CES – NYU Langone Health


12:45 - 1:00PM          Break

1:00 - 2:45PM            Lymphatic Balancing: Manual Lymphatic Drainage for the Orthopedic Patient

    DAI Treatment Approach with Flow Chart
    DAI Treatment Approach without Flow Chart

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    Dr. Kerry D'Ambrogio


2:45 - 3:45PM            Quarterbacking Crisis Control
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                                  Christopher Napoli MS, ATC – NYU Winthrop Hospital

                                       Kristin LoNigro MSEd, ATC – Hofstra University

                                       Anthony Marra MS, ATC – NYU Winthrop Hospital


Return to Sport Testing
After ACL Reconstruction:
It's Time to Step Up
Our Game

Casey Unverzagt, PT, DSc, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT

Evan Andreyo, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS

Jeff Tompkins, PT, DPT



Presentation Preview

Patients and physicians alike look to athletic trainers to help determine an athlete’s readiness for sport following ACL reconstruction. However, customary return to sport (RTS) testing lacks the specificity, vigor and multifaceted approach necessary to assess an athlete’s readiness to step back on the field. In this presentation we will discuss the history of RTS testing after ACL reconstruction, investigate current evaluative techniques, and pave the way for the future of RTS testing using a model that incorporates temporal and criterion-based factors, as well as intrinsic and extrinsic data. 


Speaker Biographies

Casey Unverzagt is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Admissions for Baylor University’s DPT program. Dr. Unverzagt received his Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Puget Sound, DPT degree from Slippery Rock University of PA, and his Doctorate of Science in Orthopaedic and Manual Therapy from Andrews University in Michigan. He completed a sports residency in the state of Washington and is an ABPTS board certified Orthopaedic and Sports Clinical Specialist. Dr. Unverzagt also completed a fellowship in Orthopaedic and Manual Therapy from the Evidence in Motion Institute of Health Professions. He currently teaches for EIM’s sports residency program as well as Scorebuilders. His research interests include ACL return to sport testing, concussion management, and cognitive psychology as it relates to examination preparation.


Evan Andreyo is a Physical Therapist and Clinic Director at Wise Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine at the Slippery Rock office. He received both his Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science and Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Slippery Rock University of PA.  Evan completed a post-graduate orthopedic residency in Boston, MA at Spaulding Rehabilitation through the MGH Institute for Health Professions. He is a board-certified specialist in orthopedics and sports. He also has adjunct teaching responsibilities for Slippery Rock University, Baylor University, and Evidence in Motion. Evan was born and raised in Butler, PA and now lives in Slippery Rock with his wife and their son Isaiah. You can expect to see him around town running, cycling, or hiking with his family.


Jeff Tompkins is a full-time staff physical therapist at Wise Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Slippery Rock, PA. He received his B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Pittsburgh of PA and his Doctorate of in Physical Therapy from Chatham University of PA. Dr. Tompkins currently lives in Cranberry Township with his wife Brittney. He enjoys relaxing with family, exercising at the gym, and reading in his spare time.

Strategies for Updating Your Concussion Management Plan

Chris Hummel, MS, ATC

Michael Matheny, MS, ATC


Presentation Preview

Concussion management is an ever-evolving aspect of patient care.  New guidelines, consensus statements, regulations, and research require athletic trainers to adapt their management plans on a regular basis.  The multifaceted nature of concussion management creates many challenges for athletic trainers as they try to update their policies and procedures.  The aim of this presentation is to provide evidence based strategies to optimize concussion management plans.


Speaker Biographies

Chris Hummel is a Clinical Professor and Athletic Trainer at Ithaca College.  He is currently Chair of the Exercise Science and Athletic Training Department.  He has over 20 years of clinical experience serving as an athletic trainer for football, gymnastics and women’s lacrosse.  He teaches a course called Acute Care and Emergency Management and has extensive research in the area of concussion management.


Mike Matheny is a Clinical Professor and Head Athletic Trainer at Ithaca College.  He has close to 40 years of clinical experience as an athletic trainer.  These past few years have seen a significant increase in the rules and regulations surrounding the health and safety of student-athletes.  Mike has taken a leadership role in addressing these policy and administrative recommendations at Ithaca College.

The Newest Gadgets in Concussion Prevention, Evaluation and Treatment

Julia D. Drattell, MEd, ATC, CES




Presentation Preview

This presentation aims to review novel techniques and technologies that aim to address concussion prevention, identification, and management, and provide recommendations for evaluating whether to include these technologies in their clinical practice. Messaging about the benefits and limitations of available technology that aim to prevent or reduce concussion incidence will also be discussed. This presentation will also touch upon technology currently under development.


Speaker Biography

Mrs. Drattell started her athletic training education in the bachelor’s athletic training program at the University of Delaware, immediately followed by a post-professional Master’s in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Training at the University of Virginia. After completing her education, Julia worked as an Athletic Trainer in both Division I and Division III athletics in the New York City area for 6 years before transitioning to the Hospital Administration setting.


Currently, Julia is the Athletic Trainer at NYU Langone Health’s Concussion Center where she is responsible for advancing clinical programming, supporting ongoing research, and developing educational programs for the community and healthcare professionals. She fosters relationships and acts as a liaison for local academic institutions, youth leagues and professional athletic leagues. Julia develops medical policies, including concussion management, at these schools and leagues. She has presented at conferences around the United States and has been published in multiple journals on projects related to developing sideline oculomotor concussion assessment tools and quantitative eye movements.

Julia served as the Young Professional Committee’s representative for the state of New York from July 2017 through July 2019. She is currently serving on the New York State Office of Professions’ Athletic Training Committee and the Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRiSM) Injury Prevention Research Interest Group.

Lymphatic Balancing:
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
for the Orthopedic Patient

Kerry D'Ambrogio DOM, AP, PT, DO-MTP 



Presentation Preview

This presentation will include a basic review of connective tissue injury and inflammatory, and the lymphatic system. Information will be given on common impairments of the lymphatic system common to connective injury and the efficacy of accepted current management (RICE and NSAIDs). A description of Lymphatic Balancing and application to common orthopedic injuries will be given as an additional option for injury treatment to address the short comings of the accepted current management of connective tissue injury and the post-surgical patient. 



Speaker Biographies

Dr. Kerry D'Ambrogio an internationally recognized lecturer, author, physical therapist, osteopath, and board-certified acupuncture physician. He is the President and Director of the D'Ambrogio Institute (DAI) and Therapeutic Systems, Inc. (TSI). The TSI Center for Mind-Body Medicine treatment facility is located in Sarasota, FL.


Dr. D’Ambrogio started out as an Athletic Therapist at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, then graduated from the physical therapy program at the University of Toronto, Canada; the acupuncture program at the Academy of Chinese Healing Arts in Sarasota, Florida, USA; the osteopathic program at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; and The John Wernham College of Classical Osteopathy in Maidstone, England.

Dr. D’Ambrogio is the author of Positional Release Therapy (Mosby) and his articles have been published in athletic trainers, physical, occupational, and massage therapy journals.


Dr. D’Ambrogio is recognized as an exceptional teacher of manual and exercise therapy courses worldwide. Starting in 1988, Dr. D'Ambrogio has lectured in over 20 countries.

Quarterbacking Crisis Control

Christopher Napoli MS, ATC
Kristin LoNigro MSEd, ATC
Anthony Marra MS, ATC



Presentation Preview

Throughout one’s career, an Athletic Trainer may be confronted with managing an injury or illness that is traumatic or catastrophic in nature.  Such an event may result in the athletic trainer having to deal with his or her own mental, emotional and or physiological stress in the aftermath of a critical incident (CI). In this presentation, attendees will learn how to implement approaches in handling a critical incident, as well as understand how to report an incident to ATs Care commission and to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research (NCCSIR).



Speaker Biographies

Christopher Napoli MS, ATC, joined NYU Winthrop Hospital in 2012 providing athletic training services to local high schools and communities. He currently serves as Manager of the Athletic Training Program at NYU Winthrop and as the head Athletic Trainer at Garden City High school. Chris is involved in the development of community outreach injury prevention education. He lectured at the Concussion Prevention Program and aided in the development of ACL prevention programs.


His experiences include working in the Professional setting as an Independent consultant for Major League Soccer as a Concussion Spotter. Chris enjoys working closely with the high school athletes because of the unique setting the high school brings. It allows him to witness the maturation of the student athletes through their athletic career.  Chris has been involved with NATA AT Care Commission since 2019, and most recently appointed by USA Hockey as the player safety coordinator for the New York State District.


Kristin LoNigro MSEd, ATC, is an alumnus of Hofstra University, and the Clinical Education Coordinator for the Athletic Training Program at Hofstra University. She has been in this role for 9 years, and previously served as adjunct professor for the Department of Health Professions before joining the Athletic Training Program. She is on the planning and development committee for the schools interprofessional event where she coordinates close to 400 students from 9 different disciplines to come together to learn about the different healthcare roles and working together for patient care. Kristin is also part of the National Public Health Week Faculty advisor for the student film competition. Prior to this she wore many hats, being a mom to her two daughters while advocating for CPR/AED training and AED’s at all youth league soccer and lacrosse events. An American Red Cross Instructor she provided many courses to certify coaches at various levels. Her and her husband Craig created Long Island Sports Care Group, for which they contracted out Athletic Trainers and Sports Medicine Staff to sporting events.


She was the first female athletic trainer hired at Fordham University in 1992, where her primary responsibility was Women’s Basketball. Kristin had the opportunity to travel with the NIT tournament teams lead by Coach Carneseca. While at Fordham she completed her Master’s in Administration and Supervision in Education.


Anthony Marra MS, ATC, is a graduate of all LIU Southampton, C.W. Post and Brooklyn campuses where he received degrees in Environmental Biology and his Master’s in athletic training/sports medicine. Tony also was an adjunct, full time professor besides working as a grad assistant and assistant athletic trainer in LIU’s Athletic departments before starting his career in Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine. Tony joins NYU Winthrop’s Sports Medicine Athletic Training staff with over 25+ years of experience working at the high school, colligate, professional and even at the Olympic levels of sport.


Currently, Tony Marra is a staff Athletic Trainer at NYU Winthrop Hospital’s sports medicine program.  He is the sports medicine coordinator for Athletic Training Education, and a member of the hospital's concussion management program. Tony is the Head Athletic Trainer at St. Dominic High School.  He is the school’s co-director of the concussion management program, member of the schools health and safety advisory committee, the sports medicine consultant for the parents organization and CYO sports programs (K-8) for the St. Dominic Catholic school community. 

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