The 2019 USMST Physicians Soccer Summit
Play Soccer! Earn CME credits! Network! Make lifelong friendships!
As physicians, we inherently lead a hectic lifestyle devoted to caring for our patients and improving the health of society. Sacrifices made while getting through our education and training persist throughout our lives as we balance our profession with family, social obligations, and if we’re lucky, leisure. You are in a unique and exclusive cohort as a soccer playing physician. Studies have confirmed that years of long days, sleepless nights, and mental exhaustion invariably lead most physicians into sedentary lifestyles or the abyss of golf. Soccer is considered one of the most physically demanding sports on the planet, however it is widely being hailed as a sport that can lead to sustained physical and mental benefits if played over the course of a lifetime.
The US Medical Soccer Team has brought together like-minded physicians passionate about soccer since 2010. Our team has competed around the globe in the annual World Medical Football Championships (“The Physicians World Cup”), representing the United States in an international physicians soccer tournament, while also committing our organization to education and community service. We are now excited to bring our passions to more physicians around the United States.
The Physicians Soccer Summit is a three day event for physicians focused on friendship, soccer, and education. Participants will be divided into teams and compete in a round-robin format soccer tournament, playing three games total with unlimited substitutions. Plenty of practice time with the USMST coaches will enhance your skills. A medical conference, “The USMST Congress on Sport and Health”, will accompany the soccer and provide a forum for participants to interact professionally, network, and disseminate knowledge. Each evening will bring social activities geared towards participants and significant others, focused on friendship and team building.
Dates: February 8-10, 2019 (start February 8 at 8:00am, end by February 10 at noon)
Location: Long Beach, California
Cost: $675 per physician. This is an inclusive cost for this 3 day event and includes soccer jerseys, Friday happy hour, Saturday breakfast and dinner, conference registration and CME credits. Additional fees through the Eventbrite registration service are not included (approximately $42).
All registrants will be placed on a team based on age, experience, and position. This year, we will have both an Open and Masters (45 and over) division. Our experienced coaches will be working with each team in practice sessions and the games to ensure an outstanding soccer experience. Each player will participate in three full games over the weekend (each half lasting 30-40 minutes, depending on team numbers). The last game will end by 12pm on Sunday, February 10th. All matches will take place at the George Allen Field at Long Beach State University. This outstanding soccer facility, home to the Long Beach State NCAA soccer teams, was the official venue for the 2015 World Medical Football Championships and is easily accessible within the greater Los Angeles area.
The USMST Congress on Sport and Health will take place on Saturday morning prior to the soccer matches. Participants will get to share in a networking breakfast and be engaged in a number of outstanding presentations centered on sports-related health topics. Participants will be encouraged to submit abstracts, and selected presentations will be given an incredible opportunity to address the Congress, along with selected guest keynote speakers. AMA Category 1 CME credits will be awarded to all attendees.
Here is last year’s agenda – we’re sure to have a similar slate of outstanding talks this year!:
2018 USMST Congress on Health and Sport
1)“The Evolution of Soccer/Football Footwear: Strategies to Prevent Soft Tissue Tegumentary Injuries”
David Machado, MD
2) Elite athletes in adolescence: unique challenges for the pre-teen and teenager.
Chris Grybauskas, MD
3) Balance in the aging athlete
Hernan Goldstein MD
4) The effect of Age on Ankle fractures
Sam Frankel MD
5) Common core and its connection to injury
Jeff Madachy, DO
6) Turf vs Grass: Cost of Fields Vs. Cost to Athletes
Dave Mitzman MD
7) Risk for Acute Kidney Injury in Sports
Juan Carlos Velez, MD
8) Adductor Injuries in Soccer
JP Valette, MD
9) Vascular Injuries in Sport
Suraj Achar MD
10) Happiness Based Medicine — A Shift in Mindset for Improved Patient and Physician Satisfaction
Garrett S. Hyman, MD
The weekend is filled with many opportunities to socialize with like-minded physicians. USMST is committed to the community, and a Friday morning outreach event in support of our program “Healthy, Fit and Smart” will give all participants an opportunity to use their healthcare skills to educate local middle schoolers while team building with their new teammates. A Friday evening happy hour and a gala dinner on Saturday night will be a great opportunities to socialize and enjoy Southern California hospitality. An awards ceremony after the last matches on Sunday will conclude this great weekend of soccer, education and friendship.
Take part in a unique and fun event for physicians passionate about soccer, education and friendship. You won’t want to miss it. Spots are limited so register now!
Interested in playing for USMST in the 2019 World Medical Football Championships?
Each year, USMST competes in the World Medical Football Championship (The Physicians World Cup), which brings us together for an incredible week of international soccer, medical education and most importantly, fun. We field two squads: An Open team and a Masters (45 and over) team. In order to be considered for either squad, you must attend the Physicians Soccer Summit, commit to attending two additional practice weekends, and of course, join us for the full week in Riviera Maya, Mexico, site of the 2019 WMFC. Team dues to join the team in Mexico will be an additional $1000-$1200 per physician, which covers the two additional practices, team entry fees for the WMFC, coaching expenses, and miscellaneous team costs. If you’re interested, block the dates and come to Long Beach in February, 2018 for the Physicians Soccer Summit, which is the first step. We have very limited spots on the team, but we are always looking for new friends to join us.
Preliminary Schedule for the 2019 Physicians Soccer Summit
Friday, February 8, 2019
9am-11am: Outreach Event, details to be announced.
1pm-3pm: Team Practice Sessions / George Allen Field
3pm-4:30pm: Soccer Match 1 / George Allen Field
4:30pm-7:30pm: Social function / George Allen Field
Saturday, February 9, 2019
8am-11am: Congress (Breakfast served) / Long Beach State University
11am- 1pm: Team Practice Sessions / George Allen Field
1pm – 2:30pm: Lunch / Break
2:30pm – 4:30pm: Soccer Match 2 / George Allen Field
7pm -11pm: Group Social Event / Gala Dinner
Sunday, February 10, 2019
9am-11am: Soccer Match 3 / George Allen Field
11am – 12pm: Awards Ceremony