Emory Sports Medicine Center Virtual Women's Sports & Wellness Conference

Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021

Time: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Registration: Click the link below to register

Fees: Physicians, Physician Assistants, Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Allied Professionals (CEUs): $40 *you will also receive CME credits; Community Members: $10 *No CME credits will be awarded

*Agenda is constantly being updated, click on the link above for the latest information

About the Conference

This year the event will be virtual and we will have sessions all throughout the day. You will be able to participate in as little or as many sessions as you wish. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Our 2021 conference features health care experts to discuss current and relevant topics relating to the health and wellness of female athletes of all levels and generations. As women and young girls continue to dominate the world of sport, we must recognize the impact sports and fitness can have on the female body. This difference has led to innovative research that studies how high endurance and consistent low impact performance can affect a woman’s body from adolescence to young adulthood, to motherhood, and peaking as a senior athlete.

The Women’s Sports & Wellness Conference seeks to provide an opportunity to bridge this research and the resulting contemporary solutions and strategies geared toward prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation with the female athlete in mind. The conference will provide attendees with knowledge and advice in navigating significant real-life issues for the contemporary athlete with topics ranging from nutritional trends, psychological impacts, and the woman’s changing body (adolescent, pregnancy, and aging.) Also, medical experts will provide new information on the cutting-edge technologies and treatments used at Emory Healthcare and nationally, all while providing networking opportunities with colleagues and thought leaders in the field.

Who Should Attend?

Community Athletes:
  • Female athletes
  • Weekend warriors
  • Senior athletes
  • Fitness moms
  • Expecting (or soon to be) athletes
  • Parents of young athletic girls (along with young athletes)
  • Adolescent athletes
  • Coaches
Healthcare Professionals
(Educational credits available):

  • Physicians
  • Coaches
  • Physical therapists
  • Athletic trainers
  • Nutritionists
  • Psychologists

Keynote Speakers:

Kensa Gunter, Psyc, CMPC

"The Person of the Athlete: Navigating the Intersection Between Mental Health, Sport, and Culture"

Kensa Gunter, Psyc, CMPC, Keynote Speaker

Kensa Gunter, MD is a clinical and sport psychologist based in Atlanta, GA. She is committed to increasing awareness and humanizing conversations about mental and emotional wellness. Dr. Gunter describes her work as being at the intersection of mental health, mental performance, culture and sport. She serves on the National Advisory Board for the Positive Coaching Alliance and is a member of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee's External Mental Health Task Force. Dr. Gunter currently serves as the President of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

Markesha Henderson, Ed. D

"What About Us? Post-COVID Considerations for Women and Girls in Sport"

Markesha Henderson, Ed. D, Keynote SpeakerMarkesha McWilliams Henderson serves as Director of Athletics and Physical Education at Agnes Scott College, a women’s liberal arts college in Decatur, GA. Agnes Scott College is ranked the #1 most innovative school in the country among liberal arts colleges by U. S. News & World Report for the third year in a row. At the helm of Scottie Athletics, she is responsible for the governance of 6 intercollegiate athletic teams that participate in the USA South Conference, a member of NCAA Division III. As Director of Physical Education, Dr. Henderson is also responsible for ensuring the student body fulfills the mandatory requirement for wellness education.

Only two months into her appointment, sports were paused due to the CoVID-19 pandemic. Henderson's leadership helped the Scotties quickly pivot through the cancellation of their spring seasons and postponement of their fall seasons. She is a leading voice in advocating for post-pandemic sustainability of women’s sport. In response to the other pandemic of 2020, the resurgence of racial discrimination in the United States, she developed R.E.S.T. Area, which stands for Race and Equity in Sports Training. This training supports collegiate athletic departments with creating safe spaces to have healthy and healing conversations about race relations and empowers student-athletes to use their voice for social change.

Dr. Henderson presents a unique combination of experiences to inform her work including experience as a former Division I All-American Track and Field Athlete and National Champion. In addition to serving in senior roles in all three divisions of the NCAA, Dr. Henderson also held faculty appointments at the University of West Georgia and Clark Atlanta University. She continues to extend her leadership and expertise to many sports organizations including commissioned research for the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA).

She earned a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University, a Master of Science in Sports Administration from Georgia State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin. She resides in Mableton, GA with her husband Derrick, a law enforcement officer in Fulton County, Georgia, and her two sons, Derrick II (Deuce) and William III (Trey).

Program Director

Courtney Gleason, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedics, Emory Sports Medicine Director, Emory’s Female Athlete Program
Head Team Physician for Agnes Scott College Team Physician for the Atlanta Dream

"Female Athlete Attrition: Keeping Women in the Game"

Courtney Gleason, MD, Program Director

Dr. Courtney Gleason is the director of Emory’s Female Athlete Program. She is a non-operative sports medicine physician at Emory University. She holds an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame and her medical degree from the University of South Carolina. She completed three years of an orthopedic surgery residency before moving to Atlanta and completing a pediatric residency at Emory. She did a non-operative sports medicine fellowship at Harvard at Boston Children’s Hospital. Before joining the faculty at Emory, she was an attending physician at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and was one of the team physicians for Brown athletics. Currently, she is the head team physician for Agnes Scott College and a team physician for the Atlanta Dream. She also serves as a physician for the Atlanta Ballet. She has traveled internationally with US soccer and has served at a crew chief for the Peachtree Road Race for the last three years. She enjoys treating athletes of all ages, sports, and skill level. Special interests include working with dancers and aesthetic athletes and runners. She is particularly interested in bone health, bone stress injuries, overuse injuries, and the concept of relative energy deficiency in sport. She has a special interest in understanding female athlete attrition in sports and working with and for female athletes to optimize performance, minimize injury risk, and keep them active and playing the sports they love.

Planning Committee

Courtney Gleason, MD
Chelsea Richardson, MBA
Atiya Wilson, MBA
Jennifer London, ATC
Anna Cottle, DPT

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