Below is an advertisement.

Sports Medicine Conference

Limited space remains. Register today!

Presented by Dignity Health
San Francisco, California
January 15 & 16, 2016

Sports Medicine Conference Logo

Join us for the San Francisco Giants Second Annual Sports Medicine Conference

We are excited to bring together some of the most elite healthcare professionals in the baseball sports medicine community, including athletic trainers, physical therapists, strength and conditioning coaches, and team physicians for a dynamic two-day program that will take you on and off the field. Hosted by the San Francisco Giants, this program will include presentations and demonstrations by many of the Giants own Training and Medical Staff as well as other well-recognized sports medicine professionals in the baseball community.

Accredited by the CAPTA, NATA, and NSCA to offer 1.3 CEUs or 13 Credit Hours for attendance.

Registration is $515.

Registration has ended.

For additional questions, please contact

Click the tabs below for more information
  • Conference Schedule
  • Locations
  • Sponsors
  • Contact Us

Conference Schedule

Download Agenda
7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.
Check-In/Registration, Visit with Sponsors
8:00 a.m.-8:05 a.m.
Introductions and Welcome: Ken Akizuki, M.D., Team Physician SF Giants; Dave Groeschner, ATC, Head Trainer SF Giants
8:05 a.m.-8:25 a.m.
Shoulder Biomechanics, Pathomechanics, and Pathology
Presenter: Rafael Escamilla, Ph.D. ,PT, CSCS
8:30 a.m.-8:55 a.m.
Shoulder Differential Diagnostics/Treatment Options/Surgery
Presenter: Ken Akizuki, M.D., Team Physician SF Giants
8:55 a.m.-9:05 a.m.
Shoulder Rehab Considerations: Conservative, & Post-Surgical
Presenter: Kyle Yamashiro, PT, CSCS
9:05 a.m. 9:15 a.m.
Evidence-Based Research: Rotator Cuff & Scapular Exercises
Presenter: Rafael Escamilla, Ph.D., PT, CSCS
9:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Elbow Biomechanics, Pathomechanics, and Pathology
Presenter: Rafael Escamilla, Ph.D., PT, CSCS
9:30 a.m.-9:55 a.m.
Elbow Differential Diagnostics /Treatment Options /Surgery
Presenter: Ken Akizuki, M.D., Team Physician SF Giants
9:55 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
Elbow Rehab Considerations: Conservative, Post-Surgical, and addressing neural tension
Presenter: Tony Reale, DPT, Head Physical Therapist SF Giants
10:15 a.m.-10:35 a.m.
Break and Visit Sponsor Tables
10:35 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Review of soft tissue lesions and interventions in overhead athletes
Presenter: Chris Daprato, DPT, UCSF
11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Hitting and fielding considerations for the shoulder and elbow
Presenters: Dave Groeschner, ATC, Head Trainer SF Giants
11:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Jeremy Affeldt
11: 45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Question and Answers and a.m. Panel
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
1:05 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Pelvic Asymmetries and Hamstring Strains Eval and Rehab in Baseball
Presenter: Tony Reale, DPT, Head Physical Therapist SF Giants
1:30 p.m.-1:50 p.m.
Lumbar Spine Injuries in baseball
Strains, spondolyisis
Presenter: Dan Maclean, MPT, CSCS
1:50 p.m. -2:10 p.m.
Oblique strains in baseball
Presenter: Anthony Reyes, ATC, Assitant Head Trainer SF Giants
2:15 p.m.-2:35 p.m.
Strength and Conditioning Core Training and concepts
Presenter: Carl Kochan, CSCS, Head Strength Coach SF Giants
2:35 p.m.-2:45 p.m.
Questions and Answers
2:45 -3:05 p.m.
BREAK and visit Sponsors
3:05 p.m.-3:25 p.m.
Concussion Update
Presenter: Anthony Saglimbeni, MD
3:25 p.m.-3:50 p.m.
Concussion baseball specific return to play and exertional steps
Presenter: Dave Groeschner, ATC, Head Trainer SF Giants
3:50 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
Hand /Wrist Baseball injuries
Presenter: Scott Hansen, MD, UCSF
4:15 p.m.-4:40 p.m.
PRP in Baseball and soft tissue injuries
Presenter: Alan Hirahara, MD, FRCSC
4:40 p.m.-4:50 p.m.
Questions and Answers p.m. Panel
4:50 p.m. -5:00 p.m.
Wrap up and Saturday Logisitics
Ken Akizuki, M.D., Team Physician SF Giants and Kara Maiko, RN
5:00-5:30 p.m.
Q and A by the sponsors table
SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015: AT & T Ballpark
8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
Check-In and Light Breakfast at Ballpark
8:25 a.m. -12:15 p.m.
All Morning Sessions
8:25 to 9:00 a.m.
Shoulder and Elbow Evaluation Ken Akizuki, M.D., Team Physician SF Giants
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Player Guest Speaker : (Dr. Akizuki Faciltator),
Presenter: Guest Speaker Jeremy Affeldt, and TBD
Speaker Panel: Ken Akizuki, MD, Dave Groeschner, ATC, Rafael Escamilla, Ph.D., PT, Tony Reale, DPT, Kyle Yamashiro, PT, CSCS

10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Morning Session
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Afternoon Session

Baseball Lectures:
SF Giants Medical Staff
Ballpark facilities
Preparing the pitcher
Anthony Reyes, ATC
Home clubhouse
Throwing Rehab
Dave Groeschner, ATC
Home field dugout
Hitting mechanics
Eric Ortega, ATC
Visitor's hitting cage
Running mechanics
Karl Cochan, CSCS
Visitor's dugout*
*if raining(Visitor's clubhouse)
Treatment Demonstrations
Upper Level Stage
Pelvic Asymmetries and Hamstring Eval and Rehab
Tony Reale, DPT
Soft Tissue Interventions and techniques
Chris Daprato, DPT
PNF UE Patterns and Trunk Strengthening
Kyle Yamashiro, PT
Conclusion of Program - Upper Level
Ken Akizuki, M.D., Team Physician SF Giants - Handout certificates and complete surveys


Our Friday program on Friday, January 15, 2016 will take place at Hotel Nikko. Our activities on Saturday, January 16, 2016 will be held at AT&T Park, Home of the San Francisco Giants.

Hotel Nikko

Located just outside Union Square, Hotel Nikko is within easy walking distance of shops, sporting events, local attractions, the world-famous cable cars, Chinatown, and more.

The San Francisco Giants have negotiated great guest room rates at the Hotel Nikko for our Sports Medicine Conference attendees.
Make your reservation today!

AT&T Park - Home of the San Francisco Giants

AT&T Park has served as the home of the San Francisco Giants since 2000. It is located at what has come to be known as baseball's perfect address, 24 Willie Mays Plaza. It boasts of breathtaking views of the bridge and the surrounding bay, features an inspiring 9-foot statue of a.m.erica's Greatest Living Ballplayer Willie Mays, an 80-ft coca cola super-slide, and a 26-ft replica of a vintage 1927 four-fingered baseball mitt other things. We are excited to be able to host our Saturday programming at the ballpark.


The Giants Sports Medicine conference is made possible by our sponsors:

Dignity Health | Keiser | DJO Global | Polar | Matrix | CoachMePlus

Contact Us

Limited a.m.ount of discounted student rates available.

Please contact Kara Maiko, our Event Coordinator, for more information.