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Medical Emergencies in Skiing & Snowboarding [MESS]

The MESS course is hosted in the winter for physicians and in spring for allied healthcare practitioners. For more information, please contact the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Sports Medicine Department.


Physician MESS Course

We are looking forward to once again hosting our Medical Emergencies in Skiing and Snowboarding course. This course provides education and practical skill development for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Medical Pool in acute injury triage and illness commonly seen when traveling with elite level teams. This annual course is designed specifically for volunteer staff of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Medical Pool. The course provides CME for physicians/medical providers, is a requirement for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Medical Pool, and must be retaken once every four years.


MD/DO MESS 2023/2024

We are happy to announce that the course will be moving to Park City, UT! We anticipate the course will now be held mid January. Please check back for updates.

Physical Therapist / Athletic Trainer MESS Course 2023


Date: Thursday May 18th, 2023 at the USANA Center of Excellence in Park City, UT. 



Cost: $200

Complete registration here

Please remember to complete payment through Square, and enter confirmation prior to submitting your registration.

PT/AT MESS provides CME for Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers, is a requirement for the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Medical Pool, and must be retaken once over four years. While required to join the medical pool, the AT/PT MESS course is open to all practitioners, regardless of setting, regardless of interest in joining the medical pool.

MESS this year will align with our High Performance Symposium (May 19-20)! Further information on the Symposium can be found on the High Performance Education Page.  Single registration for all events is possible through the link above. 





7:30-8: Check-in

8:00-10: Introduction to and Expectations of the Medical Pool 

Intro speechMedical pool membership process

What to expect when you travel: Injury communication flow, Emergency Action PlanInsurance duties/steps to take during travel, functioning as an effective member of the Team when attending training camps or competitions

Professionalism and Behavior: Policies and procedures that shape staff and athlete interactions, review of policies created to protect the athletes/Safesport, communication and radio use, rules regarding photo and video posting on social media while with the team    

Smartabase review and Tiger Connect: general review and application

Bag/Equipment Review: review of supplies


10-12:30:  Presentations

Concussion: Dan Camp PA-C & Steve Nordwall MA, ATC

Can't Miss : Jaron Santelli. MD CAQSM 

High Altitude Illness and Exercise Associated Collapse: Ben Verseman, MD 

Snow Abrasion and Cold Injury Management :Jen Kimball DPT, OCS, SCS


12:30-1:00: Lunch


1:15-3:15: Skills stations

Cervical collar and backboard (foam pit, tramp, pipe)

On the field immobilization of dislocations and fractures

Equipment removal

Airway management


3:30-5:30: Simulations



Cancellation Policy: 

Cancellations with full refund will be provided before May 1. No refund will be provided for cancellations after May 1.

For ATC: We will grant 7 CEU's (Cat D) for the in person and 5 CEU's (Cat D) for the online education portion.  Please note the the online portion will only be available to those who anticipate the in person MESS conference and not as a standalone. 

For PT: We will grant 7 CEU's for in person and 5 CEU's for the online education portion. Again, the online portion will only be available to those who attend the in person MESS conference and not as a standalone. 

For more information, please get in touch with the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Sports Medicine Department.