2021 RWJ AT Team WorkShop *Private -Must work for RWJBH to attend*

2021 RWJ AT Team WorkShop

** Private Event: Must be employed as an athletic trainer with RWJBH in order to attend*

Monday Aug 2 and Tuesday Aug 3, 9a-5p. 
Location: Iron Peak Sports and Events, 137 Mountain View Rd, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844

Eligible for up to 15 BOC-Approved CEUS

Practice Gap: to identify key clinical and non-clinical components of BOC Domains 1, 2, 4, and 5 causing challenges in the secondary school and collegiate AT settings and investigate strategies for enhancing addressing these challenges

Course Objectives: 

  • knowledge and application of specialty treatment strategies - myofascial release, trigger point therapy, and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization
  • identify and implement effective strategies for enhancing interprofessional collaboration
  • formulate strategies for key organizational and administrative responsibilities within your AT facility

Lineup of Talks

  • Joseph Mancuso: Myofascial Trigger Point Identification & Resolution 
  • Daniel Cabral: Key Principles of Student Mentorship
  • Sandy SHaw: EMT or Athletic Trainer, Who's in charge?
  • Wilson Diez: Core Stability Concepts
  • Sean Doyle: Customer Service in Athletic Training
  • Tim Mancuso: Building the Bridge – Physician /Referral Source Communication Strategies
  • Chris Meny: Neurological Review of Skill Building, Awareness, and Team Work
  • Vanessa Mahoney: Documentation Best Practices
  • Kaylia Hemmings – Building a NATA Safe Sports School Athletic Training Program
  • James Horan – Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM): A practical applications in our training rooms.
  • Adam Redlich: Perineural Injection Treatment & Prolotherapy (options for persisting or recurring nagging pains / tendinopathies

Topic Overviews

Featured Presentation - Myofascial Trigger Point Identification & Resolution Resolution (workshop*) - Joseph E. Mancuso PT., ATC.

Course Description:

Athletic training clients often present with a constellation of vague and/or unusual symptoms reporting pain, stiffness or difficulty moving. Many of these clients are experiencing myofascial pain as an underlying restriction or the cause of their primary complaints. Myofascial restrictions can influence postures, movement patterns, and symptoms. Sometimes these adverse effects appear months or years after a trauma or stressful event. Either by acute injury or from post-rehabilitation, the minor soft tissue dysfunctional problems need to be addressed before they lead to chronic problems but mostly to get the athlete back to their peak performance. Standard treatment protocols using medication, exercise and modalities may fail to address the problem effectively. It is best diagnosed and treated with the skills of a manual therapy practitioner.

This dynamic course provides trigger point techniques and implementation methods that will allow therapists to provide patients with myofascial release interventions that create lasting results. Attendees will learn the highly effect pain management techniques of the Travell/Simons methods with an emphasis on restoring balance posture and efficient movement patterns using myofascial trigger point procedures. Attendees will participate in hands on evaluation and elimination of trigger points labs which will demonstrate how to use your proprioceptive senses to detect changes in tissue mobility, texture, and tone. You will review precipitating and perpetuating factors and return to your practice able to create an effective rehabilitation program to help relieve persistent pain, loss of function and movement impairments.


1. Understand the cause of myofascial trigger points.

2. Summarize the process of comprehensive differential diagnosis for effective treatment.

3. Perform functional palpation skills of soft tissue layers and trigger points.

4. Examine effective identification and treatment of myofascial trigger points.

5. Integrate multiple treatment approaches for effective treatment of trigger points.

6. Identify the precipitation factors of the myofascial trigger point.

7. Construct an effective HEP to eliminate the myofascial trigger points.

Bio: Joseph Mancuso is a licensed Physical Therapist and certified Athletic Trainer with 40+ years of direct patient care. A developer and owner of a private practice for 25+ years, Joseph has a wealth of experience in treatment of soft tissue, orthopedic, sports, cumulative trauma and neurological patients.

Key Principles of Student mentorship - Presenter: Daniel Cabral LAT, ATC

Overview: Understanding the key characteristics of a good mentor in athletic training to help grow the profession.


  1. Developing a student aid program.
  2. Understanding the professional/administrative responsibilities of mentoring.
  3. Support student athletic trainers to understand athletic training.

Bio: Daniel Cabral graduated from Kean University with a bachelor’s in athletic training. He spent my first summer as an AT working summer camps with Varsity Spirit and Headfirst Companies. He worked briefly as the Head Athletic Trainer in Rye High School and have spent the rest of his time with RWJ. In his spare time he enjoys watching football and exercising.

EMT or Athletic Trainer, Who's in charge? - Sandy Shaw, ATC, AEMT, MS, MBA

When someone gets hurt during an athletic event, who is the main caregiver? Is it the Athletic Trainer or EMT? Can we work together? This presentation discusses local protocols and how we can work in harmony and respect each other’s positions.


1. Understand the similarities and differences in each role.

2. Learn how to collaborate and compliment each others positions.

3. Review common sports injuries and treatment protocols for both AT's and EMTs.

4. Learn about other medical professionals that you may find yourself working with and how to work together.


Sandy has been an Athletic Trainer for over 34 years and has worked as an AT in high school, college, professional and industrial/corporate environments. She is also an Advanced EMT, and an EMT instructor. Sandy owns a business that caters to the scuba industry where she teaches scuba diving and dive medicine. She has a BS in Health Sciences and Athletic Training, a MS in Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation as well as achieving her MBA. When she is not teaching EMT classes for RWJBH, Sandy spends most of her time underwater diving around the world or teaching dive medicine.

Core Stability Concepts - Wilson Diez, PT, DPT, ATC

The presentation will cover the definition of the core, how to assess if someone has core deficits, appropriate cuing, and interventions to challenge the core.


  1. Presentation will cover muscles involved with the core complex
  2. Different special test to asses core deficits
  3. Techniques to challenge the core

Bio: Wilson has been practicing as an allied healthcare professional for more than 5 years with a combination of physical therapy and athletic training experience. Wilson currently works as a full time PT for the RWJBH system and when possible covers as a ATC for one of the many school affiliates.

Customer Service in Athletic Training - Sean Doyle LAT, ATC

Athletic training as a profession as a whole is more of a service industry than it appears. Developing practices and approaches towards any interaction can increase the satisfaction level with an athletic trainers services. Adopting tried and true ideals from high end customer service industries can improve an athletic trainers practice. This presentation will give a framework of minor changes that can leave a major impact on the level of respect and professionalism an athletic trainer can achieve.


  1. Give a framework of customer service practices.
  2. Translate common service industry approaches towards athletic training practices.
  3. Demonstrate the importance of “customer” first approaches to daily tasks.

Sean has been a member of the RWJBH Athletic Training team for the past 5 years serving as the athletic trainer at Somerville High School. While with RWJBH Sean has grown his abilities in the various clinical settings outside of the high school setting including fitness, wellness, and physical therapy. Prior to joining RWJBH Sean was the athletic trainer for Holy Cross Academy, a job he obtained after graduating from Rowan University in 2013. Sean developed his costumer service approach to all work he does from working over 15 years with Stone Harbor Golf Club.

Building The Bridge (Resource to get athletes fast Tracked for different Healthcare professionals - Timothy Mancuso MS, LAT, ATC, PES

Overview: The ability to initiate, connect, and foster relationships with physicians and services to help during an event of an injury. It is important to always have a network but, in our position, it is important to build relationships with the physicians and services within our community. This will not only help your image among your peers but allow you to utilize a network in order to help your athletes get the best care within a short time frame.


  1. Explain the physicians and services that have been compiled.
  2. Discuss the best ways to talk and connect with the physicians and services
  3. The importance of follow up with the physician, the parents, and the athlete

Bio: Timothy Mancuso has been an Athletic Trainer within the RWJBH system since August of 2013. He has been stationed either as sub or fulltime in many contracts from Middle School up to Semi Professional Teams. He is currently stationed at Somerset Count Vo Tech High School. Tim has grown in many different areas while being a part of the RWJBH and is happy to contribute to the future growth of the team. If you don’t know this about him he loves the beach and has been a beach lifeguard for 14 years.

Neurological Review of Skill Building, Awareness, and Team Work - Chris Meny MS ATC PES

A physiological based approach to enhancing skill, personal accomplishment, and team building. Exploring neural pathways, re defining a structural approach to personal improvement.


  1. Review of Neural Pathways
  2. How skills are developed
  3. Identifying how and why to be successful

Bio- Chris is a practicing clinician. He has worked with all levels and age groups. The majority of his experience has been in the Collegiate and Professional Sports venues. The athletes he has worked with have continued on to be successful in many venues. Specific to Professional athletics he has worked with athletes in every major professional sports league in the United States, Europe and South America. He has established a network of AT’s that have continued on to careers at every level. The levels include all levels of collegiate sports, professional teams and entertainment.

Best Practices for Athletic Training Documentation - Vanessa Mahoney, MBA, ATC

Overview: By following guidelines from the NATA, NJ Law and Public Safety, and RWJBH LGBTQ Patient centered care guide. This talk is meant to have a collaborative discussion on what information should be included in an Initial Evaluation.


  1. To make our documentation more gender sensitive, using correct pronouns and how to address patients of the LGBTQ community.
  2. Review the NATA Practice Guidelines to enhance our quality of care. To ensure that our practices are HIPPA and FERPA compliant.
  3. Ensure that our documentation is legally sound.
  4. Strategies for better note taking. This can be done collaboratively]

BIO: Mrs. Mahoney began working as an athletic trainer for RWJ Sports Physical Therapy & Performance Center in August of 2014. She comes to B-R after serving a year at JP Case Middle School. Vanessa graduated from Kean University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with a Concentration in Athletic Training. She completed her Master’s degree in Health Care Administration in 2004 from Wagner College. Before coming to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, Vanessa was the Head Athletic Trainer at Brooklyn College. She also worked for an orthopedic surgeon and managed a physical therapy office. For over 10 seasons, Vanessa has worked with the New York Sharks, part of the women’s independent tackle football league.

Building a NATA Safe Sports School Athletic Training Program - Kaylia Hemmings ATC LAT

Overview : Participants will learn how to build a NATA safe sports school Athletic Training program, the speaker will be using the NATA safe sports school application requirements to explain the different areas a successful program may need based on the 5 domains.


  1. Show all participants how to have a successful AT program that will help prevent injury and illness and promote wellness
  2. Show all participants how to have a successful AT program that includes immediate and emergency care medical personal team
  3. Show all participants how to have a successful AT program that will include interventions such as protocols for; ( facilities, Environmental conditions, & injuries)

Kaylia Hemmings is a Montclair State Alum working as a per diem Athletic Trainer for RWJ Somerset and hamilton. Within her 2 years of experience she has served at STEMCivics Charter school and has been building the athletic training program this past year. Her professional goal is to work alongside young Track and field athletes to improve running mechanics and prevent injury.

Instrument – Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM): A practical applications in our Athletic training rooms - James Horan, LAT, ATC, CES


1 To provide and understanding of IASTM therapy; its basic concepts, instruments, and methods.

2. To provide an understanding of how IASTM is integrated into the full spectrum of patient care.

3 To identify the indications and contraindications of IASTM.

4. Review basic concepts of tissue healing and reactivity of common responses to treatment with IASTM.

5. To understand the various modes of application of IASTM therapy for a spectrum of conditions from acute to chronic musculoskeletal conditions.

6. To achieve an acceptable level of competence so one can apply IASTM in a safe and effective manner.

Bio: A graduate from Canisius College in 2010 majoring in Sports Medicine. James has worked at RWJBarnabas Health since the end of 2020. Currently he is the athletic trainer at Bernards High School. Before RWJBarnabas, he worked for New York Red Bulls Academy for 8 years. While there he was the Head Athletic Trainer for their academy and oversaw the sports medicine of all 6 age groups. James currently lives in Piscataway with his wife Danielle and their two dogs.

Perineural Injection Treatment & Prolotherapy (options for persisting or recurring nagging pains / tendinopathies) - Presenter - Adam Redlich, M.D. Owner/Lead Physician - A+ Athlete - Sports Medicine, LLC & Medical Director RWJ-Hamilton Athletic Training Program

Overview: Chronic and persisting conditions including tendonopathies and known and unknown pain syndromes that are refractory to traditional treatments such as pain killers, NSAIDS, physical therapies, cortisone injection can be frustrating for patient-athletes and providers alike. Perineural Injection Treatment (aka PIT nerve blocks) formerly called Neural Prolotherapy, along with Prolotherapy can be viable Injection options to treat chronic pain and dysfunction for such situaions. Typically approximately weekly treatments over the course a few weeks can significantly aid in pain relief and function. These are done in an outpatient setting with little discomfort, and in some cases can give rapid relief of sx.


  1. Understand the meaning and history of perineural injection treatment and prolotherapy
  2. Identify the proposed mechanisms of action of PIT and prolotherapy
  3. Learn the typical methods and solutions that are used to do such injections
  4. Gain sense of expected trajectory of recovery or symptom improvement


Dr. Adam Redlich, M.D. is a NJ native who attended Rutgers University as an Engineering Major, prior to attending Rutgers / Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He then continued his training at Crozer Keystone's Healthplex Sports Medicine / Family Medicine program, prior to returning to NJ for his Sports Medicine Fellowship at Jersey Shore University Medical Center & Rutgers University. He also completed the Stanford University - Helms Medical Institute Medical Acupuncture program and is a licensed Physician Acupuncturist & blends both Traditional and Integrative Approaches to Treatment.

Iron Peak Sports and Events

137 Mountain View Rd

Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844

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