Cannabis & Athletics: The Future of Cannabis in Sports
Dr. Jeff Konin, Clinical Professor, Florida International University
There is emerging data advocating for the medical use of cannabis, but how does this treatment option fit into the management of athletes? A significant amount of misinformation and myths regarding the use of cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is abundant. Athletes are not waiting for evidential studies to affirm safe and effective results of using different variations of the cannabis plant. This presentation will explain the cannabis current trends in amateur and professional sports and the relationship to injury, illness, and performance. The advantages and disadvantages of the use of cannabis for sport performance and for reasons of being banned will be explored.
Dr. Jeff Konin is a Clinical Professor at Florida International University and the President of Konin Consulting, LLC in Clearwater, FL. A physical therapist and athletic trainer, he is considered to be one of the leaders in sports medicine. He is also a co-founder of The Rehberg Konin Group and Sport Safety International, firms specializing in providing expert safety advice. Dr. Konin is the co-editor of 24 textbooks. He has shared his expertise at professional conferences throughout the United States as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Norway, Romania, England, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and Austria. Dr. Konin is a frequent invited speaker on the topic of cannabis in sport and rehabilitation, and founded PHD420, Inc., a non-for-profit focusing on cannabis education and research.