October 25th, 2017
In 2017, Dr. Victor Lopez Jr et al, has been honored to win an award at two major Sports Medicine Conferences in both Hemispheres on the two formats of Rugby Union. A first for North America and its emerging rugby playing population. Emphasizing the potential for not only playing the sport well, as seen on the international stage events, but conducting the sporting science at international levels. 
At the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), 2017 Annual Meeting, World Congress on Exercise is Medicine, and World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise and the Brain. May 30- June 03, 2017. Denver Colorado. TOPIC: 2017: Victor Lopez Jr, Richard Ma, Douglas E. James, Michael S. Wilinski, Answorth A. Allen. Keynote Podium Presentation: AWARD Clinical Evening BEST CASE STUDY/Research Poster Reception: Sternoclavicular Injury – Rugby Union (15-players-a-side)
As well as, the Best New Investigator Award in Sports Injury Prevention by the Australia Sports Medicine Federation at the 2017 ASICS Sports Medicine Australia Annual Conference, October 25-27, 2017, Langkawi, Malaysia. TOPIC: Victor Lopez Jr., Richard Ma, Meryle G. Weinstein, Patria A. Hume, Robert C. Cantu, Christian Victoria, Sophie C. Queler, Dorothy M. Pierre, Answorth A. Allen. AWARD INJURY PREVENTION Podium Presentation: Injury rates of U.S. rugby-7s an olympic collision sport: using a novel injury surveillance tool the RISE report methodology
When asked to comment on his two successes, Dr. Lopez highlighted, “My fellow authors and I, thank ACSM and ASICS SMA Scientific boards for this opportunity!”

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