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Sports dentistry symposium to focus on female athletes

May 07, 2012

Minneapolis—For the first time in its 30-year history, the Academy for Sports Dentistry Annual Symposium will offer continuing education that focuses on female athletes as ASD celebrates the 40th anniversary of Title IX.

The special track at the meeting, to convene June 21-23 at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center, will include the courses Girls & Women in Sport: Key Issues 40 Years After Title IX; Women in Sport-From Title IX to 2012; Treating the Female Athlete; Body Image Sports/Eating Disorders; and The Female Athlete Triad and Energy Deficiency. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance.

“Saturday, June 23 is the 40th anniversary of Title IX and the ASD is proud to recognize the occasion by discussing the issues affecting treatment for the female athlete,” said Dr. Paul Nativi, ASD president. “Drs. Nicole Lavoi, Joel Boyd, Jillian Lampert and William Roberts will present various topics unique to the female athlete. Women athletes make up an increasing percentage of the athletes we see, making this a very appropriate topic.”

On June 22, Dr. Nester Cohenca will present a special lecture on dental trauma diagnosis, treatment and prevention. The course will cover the complex, multidisciplinary approach needed to treat a variety of injuries, from crown or root fractures to injuries to the supporting periodontal structure, including luxations and avulsions. Suitable for general dentists, specialists, hygienists and staff members, Dr. Cohenca’s lecture will discuss state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment modalities as well as preventive measures.

Other program highlights include courses on mouthguard fabrication, splinting and dental photography; a welcome reception with exhibitors and the president’s reception and sports memorabilia silent auction benefitting the ASD Research and Education fund.

Registrants can also take time to enjoy the city’s thriving arts community, natural beauty, shopping and dining, Dr. Nativi added.

“Minneapolis is a great location combining natural beauty with sophistication,” he said. “The one-of-a-kind theater scene sells more tickets per capita than any other U.S. city except New York, while the city’s 22 lakes provide year-round activities. Minneapolis is a family friendly city, and the Marriott City Center is located in the heart of downtown with easy access to the Twin Cities’ top attractions.”

For details on courses, presenters, special events, hotel accommodations and more, or to register for the meeting, visit