December 26, 2022 — Cardiologists, team physicians, certified athletic trainers, advanced practice providers, fellows and residents gathered from December 9-10 to discuss best practices in sports and exercise cardiology, for elite and professional athletes during the Sports Cardiology Summit, hosted by the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) at its headquarters in Midtown Manhattan and co-sponsored by Major League Soccer (MLS).
The two-day educational symposium was led by Matthew W. Martinez, MD FACC, director of sports cardiology and co-director at Chanin T. Mast Center for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy at Morristown Medical Center, one of seven hospitals that comprise Atlantic Health System. The goal of the symposium was to bring together the leading minds of those who care for elite and professional athletes to address educational needs around sports and exercise cardiology in the U.S.
“Sports cardiology has emerged as a unique and indispensable medical sub-specialty across the country, yet we still have many physicians and institutions that are in need of access to expand knowledge, skill, and experience to deliver high quality cardiovascular evaluations of elite level athletes,” said Dr. Martinez. “The symposium was tailor-made for elite and professional athlete cardiovascular care to inform while also shepherding those in the space to the next step in gaining access to the right materials, partnerships and more. I am grateful to the NBPA for their continued commitment to staying at the forefront of elite-level athlete care and for their support and efforts in bringing this inaugural to life.”
During the event, expert panelists and speakers addressed potential gaps in education that are critical to care, including how to interpret athlete imaging studies, how to determine if athlete risk is present, and the concern around the lack of educational opportunities to sharpen these skills.