Preventing and Managing Osteoarthritis among Physically-Active Individuals


Preventing and Managing Osteoarthritis among Physically-Active Individuals


$15 for NATA members/ $25 for non-members


Wednesday, April 2, 2014


11:00am – 12:15pm CST




Jeffrey B. Driban, PhD, ATC, CSCS; Tufts Medical Center


Jeff Driban is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Rheumatology at Tufts University School of Medicine and a member of the Special and Scientific Staff at Tufts Medical Center. The goal of his research is to explore novel biochemical and imaging markers to gain a better understanding of osteoarthritis pathophysiology and potential disease phenotypes. Dr. Driban received his Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Delaware. During his doctoral training at Temple University, he focused on various aspects of osteoarthritis (e.g., early pathophysiology in animal models, biochemical markers in joint fluid, systematic reviews of risk factors for osteoarthritis, survey of medication use among patients with osteoarthritis). In January 2010, he began a post-doctoral research fellowship in the Division of Rheumatology at Tufts Medical Center where he continued his osteoarthritis focus and learned new magnetic resonance imaging assessment strategies.


The purpose of this presentation is to discuss why athletic trainers should be concerned about osteoarthritis, even among our young physically-active patients. The presentation will also describe the early changes after joint trauma that may ultimately lead to osteoarthritis. Finally, the presentation will cover potential treatment strategies that may slow or prevent the onset of osteoarthritis and strategies to manage osteoarthritis-related symptoms.

Clinical Objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe osteoarthritis as well as the long-term implications and risk factors for osteoarthritis, particularly those relevant to sports medicine.
  • Describe early changes that occur within a joint after joint trauma.
  • Describe potential strategies to prevent or slow the onset of osteoarthritis.
  • Describe current treatment guidelines for managing osteoarthritis-related symptoms.

Athletic Training Domain:

  • Prevention
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation


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