Athletes, Not Addicts: Managing Pain During The Opioid Crisis

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A topic on front pages and in leading news every day, we discuss the current opioid crisis in America and how it affects athletes. Emphasis is on strategies to limit opioid use in your athletes and what other strategies are available to achieve adequate pain control.


At the end of this presentation, attendees will be better able to:

1. Recognize how the current opioid crisis in America is affecting athletes.
2. Develop a strategy for limiting opioid use in your athletes and teams.
3. Apply knowledge to effectively utilize other non-opioid forms of pain management.


About the Speaker:

Greg Canty, MD is the Medical Director of the Children’s Mercy Kansas City Sports Medicine Center, where they have a large multidisciplinary program working with young athletes through the college years. Dr. Canty serves on the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness, and regionally on the Sports Medicine Advisory Board for the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA), along with also being an active member of the American College of Sports Medicine and American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. He is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedics and Pediatrics at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.


Target Audience: ATs, RDs, CSCS, and other sports medicine or athlete support staff



Drug Free Sport International (BOC AP# P8729) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 1 Category A hour/CEU.


Drug Free Sport (Accredited Provider 99D4E11) is approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration to provide continuing education to Registered Dietitians. This program is eligible for a maximum of 1 CPEU. Activity# 148504

Suggested Performance Indicators: 4.2.8, 12.1.3

Suggested Learning Needs Codes: 3070, 4000, 5350, 5420