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

Date: Saturday, August 8th, 2020
Time: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom link will be emailed post-registration
Registration: Registration is free and open to the public. Register below to attend.             

 Online registration closes on Friday, 8/7 at 11:59 p.m. 

 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 2020 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.

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

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.

Featured Speakers

Mandy Blackmon, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT
Head Physical Therapist, Atlanta Ballet; Partner, Atlanta Dance Medicine; Ownwer MandyDancePT, LLC; Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor Mercer University, Physical Therapy Program

Dr. Mandy Blackmon holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise and Sports Medicine and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Georgia. She graduated from Emory University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2005 and received her Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist Certification in 2009. Mandy owns a private practice in Atlanta, Georgia, where she specializes in treating performing artists and dancers, as well as patients with myofascial pain, headache, and TMJ dysfunction. She is a partner in Atlanta Dance Medicine, where she provides consultation, injury prevention, and performance enhancement services. Mandy is the head PT for Atlanta Ballet’s Company dancers. She is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in Mercer University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, teaching in the Musculoskeletal curriculum, and has taught as an Instructor in the Janet Travell Dry Needling Series for Myopain Seminars since 2014.

Kate Edwards, PT, DPT, OCS
Physical Therapists, CEO/Owner Precision Performance
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy Program, Emory University

Dr. Edwards is a physical therapist, author & educator helping healthcare professionals widen the lens on treating and caring for endurance athletes. Endurance athletes and those who care for them often believe that the definition of success depends on the physical performance of their bodies and how well they do at a race.
Through 11 years of successfully treating thousands of frustrated athletes while navigating her own injuries and health struggles, she believes that an athlete's success is so much more than their body or their sport. That connecting with the whole athlete requires the tools, knowledge, clarity, and confidence to grasp the complexities and depth of what these people need to perform and be well within and outside of their sports.
Dr. Edwards graduated from Emory University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2009 and received her Orthopedic Clinical Specialist Certification in 2011. She is the owner of Precision Performance & Physical Therapy in Atlanta, GA. She is adjunct faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy at Emory University. Additionally, she is the author of Racing Heart: A Runner's Journey of Love, Loss, and Perseverance, and co-author of Go Ahead Stop and Pee: Running During Pregnancy and Postpartum.

Val Schonberg MS, RDN, CSSD, LD, NCMP, FAND
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Owner, EnlightenU Nutrition Counseling, LLC

Val Schonberg is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with a Master’s degree in Nutrition Science from the University of Minnesota. She is Board Certified as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics, a Certified Menopause Practitioner with the North American Menopause Society, and a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Val owns EnlightenU Nutrition Consulting, LLC, a private practice in Atlanta, Georgia where she specializes in nutrition for recreational and professional athletes, dancers and performing artists, women in midlife and menopause, and individuals with disordered eating concerns. Originally from Minnesota, Val’s experience and expertise come from years of practice in many settings including eating disorder treatment, Division 1 college sports medicine, professional dance organizations, and speaking regionally and nationally on numerous nutrition-related topics. She is passionate about providing nutrition care to populations vulnerable to disordered eating and promoting positive nutrition messages that help women make informed decisions about their health and live a life where they feel free to confidently embrace their best unique self.

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

Planning Committee

Dheera Ananthakrishnan, MD, MSE
Lisa Kovack, PT, MTC
Sara Raiser, MD
Val Schonberg, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD NCMP, FAND

Who Should Attend?

  • 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
  • Athletic directors