Jan. 29, 2014

Challenged Athletes Foundation
Dr. Rebeccah Rodriguez, AOASM
Changing lives, one athlete at a time. This is the mission statement of a wonderful organization, Challenged Athletes Foundation, established in San Diego, Calif. The organization was started in 1997 out of desire to help one athlete who was first paraplegic, then later a quadriplegic from competing in triathlons. The organization and its staff work as a team to benefit challenged athletes to exercise and compete. Part of the CAF team includes our AOASM past board member, Jeffrey P. Anthony D.O.More

2014 Clinical Conference registration now open!
Register today for the 29th Annual Clinical Conference, March 19-22, at the Westin Tampa Harbour Island Hotel, Tampa, Fla. Online registration can be found here, or you can download a printable registration form.

Need Continuing Medical Education credits? AOASM requested the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for up to 25.0 hours of AOA Category 1-A CME credits. Don't forget to check the box on the registration form if you would like to receive credits.

AOASM also offers BOC credits for certified athletic trainers who request them. Please let us know at the time you register if you will be requiring BOC credits.

Registration rates before Feb. 28 are as follows:


New in Tampa: AOASM Casino Royale reception
Take a chance and join us for the First Annual AOASM Casino Night fundraiser following the Award of Fellow Banquet, on Friday, March 21, from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of friendly gambling and mingling with fellow attendees. Dealer run gaming tables include craps, blackjack, roulette, and poker. A cash bar will be available as well and all proceeds will be donated to the AOASM.

Make this a special evening and join us at the Award of Fellow Banquet Celebration just prior to the reception. This banquet celebrates the contributions of those individuals whose experience, dedication, and service have contributed to the advancement of sports medicine. Always an inspiring and heartwarming event, the Award of Fellow Banquet is the perfect prelude to a lively night of gambling.

• Tickets for Casino Royale Reception: $30/per person.
• Ticket for Award of Fellow Banquet: $55/per person.
• Buy both and receive a $5.00 discount on the Casino Royale Reception ticket.

Donations needed! Anyone interested in donating prizes for this event, please mail to the AOASM National Office prior to Saturday, March 1. The AOASM will ship donated items to the Annual Conference. If you would like to donate, but prefer to bring your donation directly to the conference, please email Brooke Miller at More

Pre-Conference Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Workshop space limited
The preconference MSK workshops are limited to 40 participates each, and both events are rapidly filling. Register today if you would like to attend either — or both — workshops!

Basic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Workshop
Monday, March 17
5–9 p.m.

Workshop lead by: Blake Boggess, D.O., FAAFP
Equipment and sonograph faculty Sponsored by: Sonosite, Inc.

This basic musculoskeletal ultrasound course is designed for those who have limited experience with musculoskeletal ultrasound. It is designed to introduce basic ultrasound principles and provide the participants the opportunity to learn how ultrasound could be used in their practice. This course will cover major body regions and review the basic protocols for examining the various joints of the body. Note: Space is limited to 40 participants and registration will be on a first come, first serve basis.

Basic MSK Workshop Fee: $295
Receive up to 4.0 AOA Category 1-A CME credits. Approval for AOA credits are currently pending at this time.

Advance Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Workshop
Tuesday, March 18
8 a.m. - noon and 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Workshop Lead by: Blake Boggess, D.O., FAAFP
Equipment and Sonograph faculty Sponsored by: Sonosite, Inc.

The advanced musculoskeletal ultrasound course is designed for those who already use musculoskeletal ultrasound in their practice. It is designed to briefly review basic ultrasound principles and provide an opportunity for participants to expand their knowledge and skills. Note: Registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. Space is limited to 40 participants and is available only to those who have already taken a MSK US beginner course or who has at least 6 months clinical experience with MSK US. This course is also open to anyone that takes the beginner course through AOASM on Monday, March 17. Pre-registration to attend both workshops are welcomed.

Advanced MSK Workshop Fee: $495
Receive up to 8.0 AOA Category 1-A CME credits. Approval for AOA credits are currently pending at this time.

Register for one or both workshops at the AOASM website.More

Prevention and management of noncommunicable disease: The IOC consensus statement
Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine
Morbidity and mortality from preventable, noncommunicable chronic disease threatens the health of our populations and our economies. The accumulation of vast amounts of scientific knowledge has done little to change this. New and innovative thinking is essential to foster new creative approaches that leverage and integrate evidence through the support of big data, technology, and design thinking. More

Sedentary behaviour and health: Mapping environmental and social contexts to underpin chronic disease prevention
British Journal of Sports Medicine
The time that children and adults spend sedentary — put simply, doing too much sitting as distinct from doing too little physical activity — has recently been proposed as a population-wide, ubiquitous influence on health outcomes. It has been argued that sedentary time is likely to be additional to the risks associated with insufficient moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. New evidence identifies relationships of too much sitting with overweight and obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, some cancers and other adverse health outcomes. More

Girls stay on soccer field despite concussion
University of Washington via Futurity
Despite serious risks, many young girls continue to play soccer after suffering a concussion, researchers report. A new study in which parents made weekly online reports about any concussion symptoms their daughters experienced showed a majority of players stayed on the field after experiencing concussion symptoms. Half never sought medical care.More

Thoracolumbar range of motion in baseball pitchers and position players
PMC via U.S. National Library of Medicine
Optimal baseball throwing mechanics require a significant contribution of thoracolumbar motion, particularly in the sagittal and transverse planes. This motion is key for proper transmission of forces from the lower to upper extremity, thereby minimizing a throwing athlete's risk of injury and maximizing athletic performance.More

Knee injuries worry NFL players more than concussions
USA Today
NFL players worry about head injuries and their potential long-term consequences but not nearly as much as they worry about injuries to their legs, particularly their knees, that can end careers. USA Today Sports surveyed 293 players on 20 NFL teams and asked what body part they were most concerned about injuring in a game: 46 percent said knees or other parts of their legs, 24 percent said head and neck and 26 percent said none.More

Text messaging effective in tracking recreational sports injuries
Text messaging is a quick and effective way to get recreational athletes to report injuries, according to a new Australian study. Playing recreational sports is a good way to get more exercise, researchers said. But little is known about injuries at that level. What's more, injury prevention strategies that work at the elite level aren't necessarily relevant to recreational leagues — which have different types of players, different training loads and a different style of play, according to the study's lead author.More

Research project aims to reduce youth sports injuries in Alberta, Canada, by 20 percent by 2020
Calgary Sun
It will take more than five years but the result of a new University of Calgary research is expected to lessen sport injuries among Alberta's youth. Carolyn Emery and Brent Hagel want to slash sports and recreational injuries in youngsters by 20 percent by 2020, using a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Collaborative Research and Innovation Opportunities. This new research will focus on sports that have high participation rates — such as hockey, skiing and snowboarding — providing the greatest opportunity to reduce injury. It will also introduce injury prevention training in junior high school physical education classes.More