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Interview with Mark Toomey and Dr. John DiMuro - 2012 BSMPG Summer Seminar Presenters

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 @ 07:03 AM

Co-Presenters at the 2011 BSMPG Summer Seminar, Dr. John DiMuro and Mark Toomey return to Boston in May for the 2012 BSMPG Summer Seminar for a series of lectures that are sure to provide attendees with a number of monumental "ah-ha" moments as they show with fluoroscopy EXACTLY what is happening during exercises in both your rehabilitation and performance training programs.  

The difference between what you thought was happening during simple exercises and what is actually occuring at each joint will have you thinking twice before you prescribe your next exercise program or therapeutic intervention.


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Mark Toomey


Dr John DiMuro DO, MBA

Dr. DiMuro is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Medicine expert who specializes in advanced interventional pain treatments for all types of pain conditions. He grew up in central New Jersey prior to attending medical and business school in Philadelphia . He has an M.B.A. in health care management from St. Joseph 's University and completed his internship at the Tampa Bay Heart Institute. He was chief resident during his Anesthesiology residency at Georgetown University in Washington , D.C. prior to completing a pain medicine fellowship at the world-renowned Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City . He currently serves on the Carson Tahoe Hospital Cancer Committee. He continues to work in private practice and lectures nationally for the Kimberly Clark Company and Boston Scientific.

Mark Toomey, Sr RKC, CSCS

Mark Toomey is a fitness instructor from Reno , Nevada . He serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in fitness and conditioning for the United States Navy and the United States Marine Corps. He is the Director of Operations for Dragon Door Publications, a producer of cutting edge material on strength and conditioning and acts as a Senior Instructor for the RKC, the first and largest entity specializing in kettlebell and body weight exercise instruction. Mark is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a certified CK-FMS practitioner.


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Topics: basketball conference, athletic training conference, boston hockey summit, Craig Liebenson, boston hockey conference, Bruce Williams, Cal Dietz, Bill Knowles, Dan Boothby, barefoot running

Congrats to the Kansas Jayhawks and Andrea Hudy

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 @ 07:03 AM

Congrats to the University of Kansas Men's Basketball team and Strength & Conditioning coach, Andrea Hudy for their return trip to the 2012 Men's Final Four!


Kansas Basketball


Learn how the Kansas Basketball team was able to power through the competition in the Big 12 and now find themselves in the Final Four by attending the 2012 BSMPG Summer Seminar and attending lectures from the nations top basketball minds including Jayhawk Strength Coach, Andrea Hudy.

Seats are limited for this event.

Don't miss out on this lecture as well as lectures from other top professionals in both Sports Performance and Medicine throughout the weekend including keynote speaker Craig Liebenson!

See you in May!!


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Andrea Hudy


University of Kansas

Topic: An Overview of Kansas Basketball Strength & Conditioning

Andrea Hudy joined the Kansas staff as the Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning in September 2004. She was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for Sport Performance in July 2008. Since her arrival Hudy has handled the strength and conditioning responsibilities for the Kansas Basketball.

Hudy came to Kansas after nine and a half years at the University of Connecticut, where she worked closely with the Huskies' national champion men's and women's basketball teams. In all, Hudy was part of eight national championship teams while at Connecticut - two men's basketball; five women's basketball; and one men's soccer.

Including the seven Jayhawks that have been drafted in the NBA, she has worked with 25 former student-athletes who went on to play in the NBA. A native of Huntingdon, Pa., Hudy was a four-year letterwinner in volleyball at Maryland where she graduated in 1994. Her freshman season at Maryland, she was a member of the 1990 ACC volleyball championship team.

Hudy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at Maryland and her Masters in Sport Biomechanics from Connecticut. She is a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a USAW Level I Coach.

Andrea Hudy has worked with 25 NBA players (current and former)

Cole Aldrich, Kansas
Ray Allen, UConn
Rashad Anderson, UConn
Hilton Armstrong, UConn
Darrell Arthur, Kansas
Josh Boone, UConn
Denham Brown, UConn
Scott Burrell, UConn
Caron Butler, UConn
Mario Chalmers, Kansas
Sherron Collins, Kansas
Khalid El-Amin, UConn
Rudy Gay, UConn
Ben Gordon, UConn
Richard Hamilton, 

Xavier Henry, Kansas

Darnell Jackson, Kansas

Travis Knight, UConn
Keith Langford, Kansas
Donny Marshall, UConn
Aaron Miles, Kansas
Emeka Okafor, UConn
Brandon Rush, Kansas
Wayne Simien, Kansas
Charlie Villanueva, UConn
Jake Voskuhl, UConn
Marcus Williams, UConn
Julian Wright, Kansas
Marcus Morris, Kansas
Markieff Morris, Kansas
Josh Selby, Kansas 

Topics: basketball conference, Craig Liebenson, Andrea Hudy

Reading From Last Week

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 @ 06:03 AM

Recommended readings from this past week in Sports Medicine and Performance.


Enjoy! Remember to register for the 2012 BSMPG Summer Seminar, May 19-20 in Boston MA.  Seats are limited.


The Brain: How The Brain Rewires Itself 


Vitamin D and Athletic Performance  


Variability in Leg Muscle Power and Hop Performance After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction    

Effect of warm-up exercise on exercise-induced bronchoconstriction        



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Topics: basketball conference, athletic training conference, boston hockey conference, Barefoot in Boston

Exercises for the Landmine by SB Coaches College

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Mon, Mar 19, 2012 @ 07:03 AM


by Art Horne


Shawn Windle



Over the last five years the landmine has become a fixture in almost every strength training center across the country.  Although this piece of equipment surely has its merits when it comes to developing ground based and functional core strength, many performance coaches currently use it for only a handful of exercise selections with the majority of exercise variations coming from handle selections or foot position only, and not a true change in movement pattern or muscle emphasis.  At a cost of around $250, performance coaches need the landmine to become a one stop functional resource – and now they can!


Exercises for the Landmine by SB Coaches College featuring Shawn Windle of the Indiana Pacers, demonstrates exercise variations ranging from kneeling or beginning exercises to more dynamic multi-joint and multi-planar exercises.  Many of the variations and exercises demonstrated within this video I never thought could be used with the landmine including the snatch, deadlift variations and standing rotational press.


With an endless number of exercises and variations demonstrated throughout this video with key points discussed by Shawn Windle, this video is a must for coaches looking to purchase a landmine for their performance center in the near future and for all those that are currently using this piece of equipment on a limited basis only.



See Shawn Windle present at the 2012 BSMPG Summer Seminar May 19-20th in Boston.

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Topics: basketball conference, athletic training conference, Brijesh Patel, Shawn Windle

John Berardi Talks Sports Nutrition

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Mon, Mar 12, 2012 @ 07:03 AM


Check out three of John Berardi's previous nutrition articles here:








Remember to Save the Date for the BSMPG 2012 Summer Seminar - May 19-20th in Boston MA. Registration is open but seats are limited!

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Topics: basketball conference, athletic training conference, John Berardi, boston hockey conference

Top Reads from Last Week - BSMPG

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 @ 07:02 AM

Retention of Movement Pattern Changes After a Lower Extremity Injury Prevention Program Is Affected by Program Duration



Massage Therapy Attenuates Inflammatory Signaling After Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage.



Breathing and Low Back Pain: Is there a correlation?




Remember to Save the Date for the BSMPG 2012 Summer Seminar - May 19-20th in Boston MA.

Topics: basketball conference, athletic training conference, boston hockey conference, Barefoot in Boston

The Path to Excellence - A Comprehensive View of Development of U.S. Olympians

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Fri, Feb 24, 2012 @ 07:02 AM



The Path to Excellence was a study undertaken by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) in an attempt to describe and understand the factors that contributed to the development of U.S. Olympians (1). This study presents a number of practical findings relevant to athlete development and talent identification that are along similar lines to those being investigated in the Pathways to the Podium Research Project.

816 male and female Olympians were recruited to participate in this study; all of whom competed in either the Summer or Winter Olympic Games between the years 1984 to 1998. All athletes completed a detailed questionnaire regarding the history of their involvement in sport, and their experiences throughout their journey to the Olympics. Some of the main findings that I found particularly interesting and applicable to coaching and athlete development are outlined below.

The Important Qualities of a Coach

What do athletes look for in a coach? The Olympians were asked to identify and rank the characteristics they value most in a coach. Here are the results:


Topics: basketball conference, BSMPG, athletic training conference, boston hockey conference, athletic training books

Appreciating The Importance of Foot Strike in NBA Injuries

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Thu, Feb 9, 2012 @ 07:02 AM


Wondering why there seems to be so many injuries this NBA season?

Learn from Dr. Bruce Williams at the 2012 BSMPG Summer Seminar and understand how poor foot strike and foot function may predispose athletes to injuries.

Join the nations best sports medicine and performance professionals in Boston this May 19th and 20th at the Annual BSMPG summer seminar.


Bruce Williams



Topic: Hit the Ground Running: Appreciating the Importance of Foot Strike in NBA Injuries

There have been many published studies on the relationship between foot function and lower extremity injuries.  Specifically, a 2010 Study on NBA injuries showed that 62% of all injuries in professional basketball and 72% of all games missed were due to lower extremity injury.

There are many popular technologies on the market for quantifying data on gait and movement in sports.  GPS systems, accelerometers, jump plates, motion capture technology, and in-shoe pressure systems are owned by many professional athletic teams.  Though utilized, few of these systems have really made an impact toward injury reduction or prediction.

The general sports medicine system is flawed. Very few teams, let alone individual medical practitioners, fully quantify and record the structural and functional findings of the physical examination of an athlete. 

The association between foot strike and foot function will be discussed in relationship to the five most common injuries in the NBA:  Lateral ankle sprains, Patellofemoral inflammation, Lumbar sprain / strain , Hamstring strain, and Adductor strain.

Suggestions will be made on how to utilize the above technologies for validation of the structural and functional components of the foot strike for improvement in injury rates and injury risk assessment.

It is time for sports medicine to exit the dark ages and enter the age of analytical enlightenment.  Adapt, quantitate and validate, or die!


Dr. Bruce Williams graduated from Scholl College in 1991 and completed his Podiatric Surgical Residency at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Merrillville, Indiana in 1992.  He has been in private practice for the last 19 years in Merrillville Indiana.  Initially he was in practice with his Father, Dr. Robert M. Williams ( ICPM ’72) who is now deceased.

Dr. Williams is a Diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and also a fellow and past president of the AAPSM (American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.)  His practice focus is foot and lower extremity biomechanics, computerized gait analysis, and sports medicine.  Dr. Williams has numerous published articles in in-shoe pressure analysis and custom foot orthotics.  He wrote a chapter on Clinical Gait Evaluation of the Athlete in the book, “Athletic Footwear and Orthoses in Sports Medicine” Springer; editors M. Werd, E. Knight 2010.

Dr. Williams is also the teams podiatrist for Valparaiso University and Calumet College of St. Joseph’s.






Topics: basketball conference, basketball training programs, BSMPG, athletic training conference, boston hockey conference, Foot Strike

Register for the 2012 BSMPG Summer Seminar and Win Prizes!

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Mon, Feb 6, 2012 @ 19:02 PM

Who Doesn't Love Free Prizes?

Complete details are now available for the 2012 BSMPG Summer Seminar and this year looks better than ever!  In addition to another world-class speaker list, BSMPG and our sponsors are offering a ridiculous number of prizes.

Prizes: Attendees are automatically registered to win prizes from a number of our sponsors including: Freelap Timing Systems, Zeo Sleep Manager and Perform Better.

Other Raffle Prizes include: Barefoot in Boston by Art Horne and Human Locomotion by Thomas Michaud


Human LocomotionBarefoot in Boston 

 freelap timing system zeo


Attendees who register before April 15th will be placed in a raffle to win a Free Registration pass to the  2013 BSMPG Summer Seminar!


Click HERE for registration and complete details.



Topics: Art Horne, basketball conference, BSMPG, athletic training conference, Craig Liebenson, boston hockey conference, Andrea Hudy, Bruce Williams, Cal Dietz, Bill Knowles, Alan Grodin, Barefoot in Boston, Dr. DiMuro, Dan Boothby

BSMPG is proud to announce Art Horne & Pete Viteritti as speakers at the 2012 BSMPG Summer Seminar

Posted by Boston Sports Medicine and Performance Group on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 @ 07:01 AM

BSMPG is proud to announce Art Horne and Pete Viteritti as co-presenters within the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Track for the 2012 BSMPG Summer Seminar, May 19-20, 2012 in Boston MA.


Art Horne  Pete Viteritti


Northeastern University

Topic: Improving Health & Performance: Restoring ankle dorsiflexion utilizing a manual therapy approach

Art Horne is the Director of Sports Performance at Northeastern University and works directly with the Men’s Basketball team as both their Athletic Trainer and Strength & Conditioning Coach in addition to overseeing the complete development and care of all varsity student-athletes. Horne holds certifications from both the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a licensed and certified athletic trainer in Massachusetts. Horne also serves as a reviewer for Athletic Therapy Today, the professional journal of certified athletic trainers and athletic therapists in addition to his regular contribution to Training and Conditioning, Dime Magazine and Stack Magazine.

Horne came to NU in July 2003 after graduating with a Master’s degree in Education from Boston University. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training and Physical Education with Teacher Education Certification from Canisius in 2000.  In addition to his work with collegiate teams, Horne continues to work with former Northeastern basketball players as they continue their careers on the professional stages including the NBA, NBA-D League and numerous foreign basketball leagues.

Peter Viteritti is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians who maintains private practices in two multidisciplinary centers. As a sports chiropractic consultant to several collegiate athletic programs, he integrates patient centered, functional examinations and advanced manual procedures with traditional medical care. 

He has been privileged to serve on the sports medicine staff at various national and international sporting events.  In addition, he instructed on the post-graduate faculty of five chiropractic colleges throughout the country and has been a featured speaker at both national and international sports medicine symposiums.



Famously uttered by Sir Isaac Newton,

“If I can see further than anyone else, it is only because I am standing on the shoulders of giants.”

In 2011 BSMPG invited the titans of Sports Medicine and Performance to Boston for the largest conference of its kind, and many attendees left asking the question, "how could you ever top that speaker line-up?" Well, we did. BSMPG is proud to announce May 19-20, 2012 as the selected date for Sports Medicine and Strength professionals to desend upon Boston MA for another monster conference!

So how could we ever top last year's speaker set?

Let's just say that we asked last year's speakers who they wanted to hear and we got em!

Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we reveal our entire 2012 speaker set. As we did last year, this seminar will be divided into three distinct educational tracks including a Hockey focus, a Basketball Focus and a clear Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Track with Keynote Speakers throughout the weekend bringing each track together for common lectures. Attendees may choose to stay within one track throughout the entire weekend or mix and match to meet their educational needs. Remember to save the date now - you won't want to miss another great summer seminar presented by BSMPG.

May 19-20, 2012 - Boston MA. Complete details coming soon!


Remember to Save the Date for the BSMPG 2012 Summer Seminar - May 19-20th in Boston MA.


Only 4 seats remain for our DNS "A" course. Sign up now before the last seat is gone!

Topics: Art Horne, basketball conference, athletic training conference, Pete Viteritti