Female Athlete Conference

Date & Location
Friday, June 9, 2017 7:00 AM - Saturday, June 10, 2017 5:00 PM   Babson College, Wellesley,


The 2017 Female Athlete conference is a global event designed for female athletes, coaches, trainers and anyone involved in the evaluation and management of female athletes.

In the last 40 years, the number of girls competing in high school sports increased from 295,000 to nearly 3.2 million with more women playing collegiate sports than ever before.

As girls and young women become more empowered through sports, it is important to advance research on how sex and gender differences affect their performance and overall sports experience. 

With research advancement in mind, the Female Athlete Conference, the only conference of its kind in the U.S., centers on the specific health issues that make female athletes unique.

Experts in sports medicine, sports psychology, sports science, nutrition and sports culture will present strategies to prevent and treat clinical issues and injuries that can limit a female athlete's performance.

Topics include but not limited to:

  • interrelationship of nutrition, menstrual cycles and bone health
  • transgender athlete sensitivity and inclusion
  • sexualization and sexual assault of female athletes
  • concussion and ACL injury prevention and treatment
  • adolescent sports health
  • metabolic assessment for athletic performance

Through information sharing and networking opportunities, the 2017 Female Athlete conference intends to improve female athletes' training, confidence and motivation to advance their success on and off the field. 

Target audience:

  • physicians
  • physician assistants
  • nurses
  • nurse practitioners
  • sports medicine specialists
  • physical therapists
  • athletic trainers
  • orthopedics
  • psychologists
  • coaches
  • female athletes and their families
  • others involved with the evaluation and management of female athletes

Course director:

  • Kathryn E. Ackerman, MD, MPH, FACSM

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. discuss the increased susceptibility and prolonged symptoms of female athletes after head impacts and evaluate potential for novel brain injury protection strategies
  2. list ways that body systems manifest malnutrition acutely and long-term and recognize when food and movement habits meant to promote health become unhealthy and unsafe
  3. describe current sports regulations regarding transgender athlete participation and discuss areas of improvement to enhance inclusion and fairness for all
  4. identify the signs and symptoms of chronic stress and energy deficiency and explain how treating chronic stress can improve recovering from relative energy deficiency in sport
  5. identify sex specific risk factors for bone stress injuries
  6. recognize gender differences in the reactions to sexualization of athletes
  7. establish a comprehensive plan for college recruitment through organization, professionalism, and communication
  8. describe sex-differences in ACL-reconstruction outcomes and findings from a novel bridge-enhanced ACL regeneration trial
  9. list the strength and flexibility challenges of the adolescent female athlete and describe a training plan to minimize common injuries
  10. describe various methodologies for nutritional assessment and estimating female athlete energy needs


Registration TypeEarly Bird RateRegular Rate
 Trainee (includes families/coaches/students) $95$150
 Allied Health Professional $245$295
 *All early bird rates end 3/31/2017

Refund Policy

Registration by credit card can be made by clicking the register button above. Registration by check (draft on a United States bank): please make payable to Boston Children’s Hospital and contact CME Department at cmedepartment@childrens.harvard.edu to discuss payment. Telephone or fax registration is not accepted. Registration with cash payment is not permitted. Upon receipt of your paid registration, an email confirmation from the Boston Children’s office will be sent to you. Be sure to include an email address that you check frequently. Your email address is used for critical information, including registration confirmation, evaluation and certificate.

Fifty-percent (50%) refunds will be issued for all cancellations received prior to the start of the course. Refund requests must be received by postal mail, email or telephone. “No shows” are subject to the full course fee, and no refunds will be issued once the conference has started.


In support of improving patient care, Boston Children's Hospital is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for the healthcare team.

Boston Children’s Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of  11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

AAPA accepts AMA category 1 credit for the PRA from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Boston Children’s Hospital designates this activity for 11.5 contact hours for nurses. Nurses should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Athletic Trainers
Children's Sports Medicine Foundation (BOC AP# P3340) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 11.5 EBP Category hours/CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

Physical Therapists
The APTA of MA approves “The Female Athlete Conference” for 11.5 Continuing Education Hours

Disclosure policy

Boston Children's Hospital adheres to all ACCME, ANCC, and ACPE Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies. It is Boston Children's policy that those who have influenced the content of a continuing education activity (e.g. planners, faculty, authors, reviewers, and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that Boston Children's may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations. 

Call for abstract

We are happy to announce the 3rd Biennial Female Athlete Conference: Optimal Strategies for Health and Performance, which will take place on June 9th and 10th, 2017, at Babson College in Wellesley, MA.

The 2017 conference will have a special focus on Empowering Women through Sports as recent news events have raised questions and concerns regarding the female athlete population. Talks will include discussing the transgender athlete, sexualization in sport, and sexual assault prevention in athlete populations. The Harvard Women’s Soccer Team Class of ’16 will also be featured speakers, discussing their experiences over the past year. 

In order to address the common injuries and clinical issues that keep female athletes out of the game, world-renowned experts in sports medicine, sports psychology, nutrition, and body image will present strategies for treatment and prevention.  This interactive conference will provide doctors, nurses, PAs, physical therapists, ATCs, athletic directors, psychologists, nutritionists, athletes, students, and parents with crucial information to keep female athletes healthy on and off of the playing field.  The 2016 Olympic Silver Medalist in single sculls, Gevvie Stone, will be our keynote speaker as she discusses self-efficacy when plan A goes awry. We will also have presenters coming from around the country, Europe, New Zealand, and Canada to join us.  Over 400 attendees are expected and CMEs and CEUs will be available.

The Female Athlete Planning Committee is currently accepting abstracts for posters, with a submission deadline of March 31st, 2017.   The poster sessions will be two hours in length and will take place during the evening cocktail reception on Friday, June 9th, 2017. 

Abstract Guidelines:

1.Presenting author(s) of accepted abstracts must register at the current registration rate to attend the Female Athlete Conference. Acceptance of an abstract does not automatically register the author(s) for the conference. 

2.Abstracts must be of original research. The Female Athlete Conference will accept abstracts that have already been presented at other medical conferences. 

3.Abstracts should be 500 words or fewer. Format should include: purpose, methods, results, and a conclusion.

4.List affiliations for all authors, including universities and other institutions (not included in the word count).

5.Do not include tables, charts, or graphs in your abstract submission. These can be included in the final poster. 

6.There is no limit on the number of abstracts one author may submit for consideration.