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USA Boxing to host Physician Symposium

by USA Boxing

All USA Boxing Ringside Physicians and interested doctors are invited to attend a two-day hands-on training on September 10 -11, 2023 at the Hiton Garden Inn in Colorado Springs, CO.   The cost of $499 includes: 15 CME credits from the University of Mississippi; 2 optional lunches; 2 optional dinners; bus ride to the Last Chance Qualifier event in Pueblo, CO (for First 30 Registrations); interactive training of the course outline below focusing on what it takes to be a successful Ringside Physician and what is involved as a traveling team doctor.  Attending virtually is also an option for $599, but we encourage in-person for hands-on training.

Register by going to  Login if already a member. Membership not required to register. Click +Participant Registration to register and pay the registration fee.  

Hotel stay, air travel, rental cars, ground transportation, parking, additional meals, and tours are not included in the price.  However, a special room block at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown (125 N Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903) has been created for a price of $129 per night plus taxes.  To reserve your room (including breakfast) until August 8th, go to: For any dietary requests, contact

Information for University of Mississippi CME credits will be available after registering for the symposium.

Sunday, September 10

8:00 am – 8:15 am      Introduction of Topics & Course Objectives - Steve Lehbar MD and Armando Sanchez MD

  1. Review the topics for the Physician Symposium
  2. Summarize the USA Boxing Ringside Physician certification testing process
  3. Review the process of registration for CE credit

8:15 am – 8:45 am      Olympic Style Boxing vs. Professional Prize Fighting - Armando Sanchez MD

  1. Compare the differences between professional versus amateur boxing including glove size difference; weight classes; the number of judges (5 vs 3); and the difference of rules and regulations

8:45 am – 9:00 am       Organizational Structure of USA Boxing - Mike McAtee, USA Boxing Executive Director

  1. Realize the organizational structure and changes of USA Boxing, the United States Olympic Paralympic Committee (USOPC), and international boxing
  2.  Identify the requirements for Ringside Docs including Safesport training and background screenings

9:00 am – 9:45 am      Responsibilities of the Ringside Physician - Armando Sanchez MD

  1. Identify the requirements of an annual pre-participation examination; how to work weigh-ins; and how to conduct bout ringside assessments as well as pre-bout and post-bout examinations
  2. Discuss the physician’s responsibilities of how and when to stop a bout; restrictions; injury forms; and the tools necessary for a boxing tournament

9:45 am – 10:00 am    The Boxing Event - Steve Lebhar MD

  1. Prepare for a boxing tournament with the importance of communicating with paramedics, participating physicians, ring officials, and local medical facilities

10:00 am – 10:15 am   Break

10:15 am – 11:15 am   Concussions - Barry Jordan MD

  1. Assess the best way to treat concussions and head injuries from a neurologist
  2. Define mini-mental status examination and ringside neurologic evaluation workshop

11:15 am – 12:15 pm    Orthopedic Injuries - Mindy Siegal MD

  1. Distinguish physical injuries that occur during boxing bouts
  2. Define ringside evaluation of hands, clavicles, ribs, and dislocations workshop
  3. Analyze what the physician can do at ringside and which athletes should be referred to an outside facility for testing

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm       Lunch Break

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm      Ophthalmology - Dan Carpenter DO

  1. Review eye injuries, orbital fractures, and laceration injuries that occur during boxing
  2. Demonstrate ringside eye exams to assess the best way to treat eye injuries from an ophthalmologist

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm      ENT - Frank Filiberto MD

  1. Evaluate the best way to treat nose and facial injuries that occur during boxing
  2. Assess the facial and nasal bone trauma on ringside

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm      Break

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm      Suture Repair Workshop & Demonstration - Dan Carpenter DO, Frank Filiberto MD

  1. Demonstrate Hands-on repairing lacerations


4:30 pm – 5:30 pm      Heart - Steve Lehbar, MD

  1. Assess the importance of physiologic assessment of athletes including how to evaluate cardiac murmurs during a physical exam

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm      Break and Social Hour

6:30 pm            Dinner

Monday, September 11

8:00 am – 8:15 am         Introduction of Topics & Course Objectives - Steve Lehbar, MD and Armando Sanchez, MD

  1. Review the topics for the second day of the USA Boxing Physician Symposium

8:15 am – 9:00 am      High-Performance Medical Overview - Kirk O'Donnell MD, & Maddie Kalke, ATC

  1. Discover the commitments of a High-Performance Team Physician; how to get involved with Team USA; the medical operations within the team and on the road; and much more

9:00 am – 10:00 am    Anti-Doping for Health Professionals - Kelsa Ferguson, USADA

  1. Differentiate the various anti-doping regulations and requirements for athletes from the United States Anti-doping Agency (USADA)

10:00 am – 10:15 am                Break

10:15 am – 11:15 am           Weight Management & Nutrition for Boxers - Taylor Maggio, Sports Dietitian

  1. Calculate the weight-making process starting with 8+ weeks out from the competition, fight week, and weigh-ins
  2. Discuss the challenges of international travel, changing time zones, getting accustomed to different cuisines, and back-to-back weigh-ins
  3. State the importance of a sound supplementation and recovery plan

11:15 am – 12:15 pm       Overview of Developing an Olympic Boxer -  Jose Polanco, Strength & Conditioning Coach

  1. Identify the Assistant High-Performance Director of Sport Performance’s approach to developing an Olympic Boxer from a Strength and Conditioning perspective
  2.  Review the athlete development, the training of weight control, and the incorporation of science and technology

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm   Lunch Break

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm      “Cutman” Demonstration - Timothy “TJ” Nolan, Resident Coach

  1. Practice the duties of “The Cutman” including ringside supplies and processes of addressing lacerations during competition, as well as proper hand-wrapping instruction

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm      Critical Incident Training - Mike McAtee, USA Boxing Executive Director

  1. Prepare physicians for an emergency situation at a boxing event (a boxer that goes down in the ring, an active shooter, a fire in the venue, etc.) 

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm      Break

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm      United States Olympic Paralympic Committee (USOPC) Sports Medicine - Jonathan Finnoff DO

  1. Describe the USOPC medical clinics, training facilities, and programs available for USA’s athletes participating in the Olympic training program

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm            Final Thoughts on Educational Highlights of the Symposium - Steve Lehbar MD & Armando Sanchez MD

  1. Review the education objectives of the symposium
  2. Indicate how to get involved at the local, national, and international levels
  3. Describe the way how to register to be a USA Boxing member, take Safesport training, and receive a background screening

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm      Break

4:45 pm            Box Dinner Pick-up and Bus Ride to Last Chance Qualifier in Pueblo, CO

Join the “field trip” to USA Boxing’s Last Chance Qualifier in Pueblo, CO to observe first-hand Ringside Physicians in action.

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