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Webinar: DVT in Athletes - An Overview of Blood Clot Risk and Prevention


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Topic: DVT in Athletes - An Overview of Blood Clot Risk and Prevention

Often described as “the silent killer” and usually associated with the elderly or post surgical population, Deep Vein Thrombosis ( DVT – aka “blood clots”) and the associated more complicated problem, Pulmonary Embolus (PE – blood clots that have migrated to the lungs) are not unheard of in sports participants. In some regards, the combination of endurance activities, dehydration and travel may combine to greatly increase the occurrence of clots (and potentially in a lethal manner). As DVT and PE are not uncommonly misdiagnosed and treatment delayed, especially in the fit and active, awareness of clot risk and recognition of symptoms is the key to prevention when possible and reduction of short and long term side effects if DVT occurs.

By the end of this seminar, participants should understand:

  • The physiology of clot formation and regulation
  • Risk factors (Genetic and Acquired) that may increase clotting risk, including those specific to an athletic population
  • Signs and symptoms of DVT and PE, and the importance of early recognition and treatment
  • Principles of DVT prevention, especially as related to endurance sports
  • Management of DVT and its late effects and complications
  • Return to sports post DVT

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Dr. TK Miller

A native of Pittsburgh PA, Dr. Thomas K Miller graduated from Bethany College (WVA) Suma Cum Laude in 1976 and received his medical degree from The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1980. This was followed by an Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the University Health Center of Pittsburgh (UPMC) completed in 1985 and a Fellowship in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy at the Hughston Clinic in Columbus Georgia in 1986.

Dr. Miller joined the Roanoke Orthopaedic Center (now Carilion Clinic Orthopaedics, Postal Drive) in 1986. He is currently Vice Chair of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chief of the Section of SportsMedicine and Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Orthopaedic and MSK education. He serves as Chair of the VTCSOM Appointment, Promotion and Tenure Committee. He is also Medical Director of the Roanoke Ambulatory Surgery Center and the Carilion Community Ambulatory Surgery Center.

Dr. Miller holds academic appointments as Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia and Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Virginia Tech/Carilion School of Medicine.

Dr. Miller focuses his specialty interest and training on non-operative sports medicine, arthroscopy and knee and shoulder reconstruction with particular interest in ligament reconstruction of the knee, shoulder instability, rotator cuff dysfunction and articular cartilage restoration.

As an extension of his sports medicine practice Dr. Miller has served as:

  • Member of the USOC medical staff (Lake Placid),
  • Team physician for the U.S. national triathlon team at their World Championships and Goodwill games,
  • Medical Director for USA Triathlon for 15 years,
  • Medical staff member of Ironman Triathlon World Championship event since 1990
  • Chief Physician for Race day medical service for the Ironman World Championships.
  • Team orthopedist for Virginia Military Institute since 2006 and Southern Virginia University since 2010.
  • Physician for the MLB Class A affiliate (Pittsburgh, Colorado, Houston, Boston) in Salem, VA from 1995-2010.

He also collaborated on the USAT and ITU guidelines for event medical services, drafted the USAT guidelines for wetsuit use and has most recently served on the USAT swim collar task force.

His society memberships include: The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (with Specialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine), Virginia Orthopaedic Society (Board of Directors, President Elect), Arthroscopy Association of North America, Southern Orthopaedic Association, USOC Sports Medicine Society and American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.



Event Type: National
Entry Fee: $24.99 for USAT Members, Coaches and Race Directors; $39.99 for Non-Members
Event Date: Sep. 16, 2014
Start Time: 3:00 PM MST

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