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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!

Dates: Jan 12th and 13th 2024

Location: Park City, UT (Center for Excellence and UOP)

General Information: There will be a mix of lectures, skill sessions and on-hill/on-snow scenarios. There will be some new information provided on para sports now that para alpine and para snowboarding have returned to USSS! The course will generally look like this:



MESS 23/24 Physician Course

Friday January 12, 2024                         Location: COE (with exception of reception)

7:30-8:00 am        Registration

8:00-8:15 am        Welcome and Introduction

8:15-9:15 am        How to Succeed as A Medical Pool Member- Jaron Santelli, MD Tom Hackett MD

9:15-10:15 am      Understanding the Concussion Assessment- Jeff Kutcher, MD

10:15-10:30 am    Break

10:30-11:30 am    US for the Mountain Medical Provider

11:30-12:00 pm    Equipment Removal: Alpine Skiing, Freesking and Snowboarding- Torey Anderson, DPT

12:00-12:30 pm    Introduction to Para Snow Sport Athlete Injuries- Jason De Luigi, MD

12:30-1:30 pm      Lunch served at the COE

1:30-5:00 pm        Indoor Skill Stations (15 min break during this session)- Mixed staff

6:30-8:30 pm        Reception at Skullcandy (6301 N Landmark Dr, Park City, UT 84098)


Saturday January 13, 2024                     Location: UOP

8:00-8:30 am        Breakfast

8:30-12:15 pm      Outdoor On-Hill Stations- Mixed Staff

12:15-1:00 pm      Lunch

1:00-3:00 pm        Outdoor Para Station, Indoor US Station


COE: 1 Victory Lane Park City UT 84060, parking available out front (please park to the left of the front entrance if you are looking at the building)

Skullcandy: 6301 N Landmark Dr, Park City, UT 84098 (parking out front, no restrictions, we will use the front entrance of the building)

UOP: 3419 Olympic Pkwy, Park City, UT 84098 (there is a large public parking lot to right of the building if you are looking at the building, there is a secure room for your personal items)

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*Please dress to stand outside for Saturday, no skis/snowboards are needed to access the venue



Travel: We recommend you flight into the Salt Lake City Airport. Park City is about a 35 minute drive from the airport. 

Locations: We will be between two locations for the conference. The Center for Excellence (COE) and the Utah Olympic Park (UOP)

Housing: Unlike Beaver Creek, there are a variety of hotel and Airbnb-like accommodations. Anywhere in the Park City area will be close to the event locations (Kimball Junction, Black Rock, Summit Park, and the resorts). Travel down the canyon to the east side of Salt Lake City takes about 30 minutes. There is not a specific reserved hotel block. 


Cancelation: If you cancel by November 13th, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel by December 11th, you will receive a 50% refund. 



CME: 13.25 AMA PRA 1

CME Certification

Physical Therapist / Athletic Trainer MESS Course 2023


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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.