Feb. 12, 2014

President's Note: February 2014
Angela Cavanna, D.O., FAOASM
As I sit and watch the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games I am reminded of how sports can bring people from different cultures, religions and political ideals together with a spirit of competition and mutual respect. My best wishes and congratulations to all of the athletes and to their families, coaches, athletic trainers and physicians who strive to keep them motivated, healthy and at peak performance.

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Clinical Conference registration now open; book your hotel today
Members can log in to the Members Only section to register for the 2014 Clinical Conference, March 19-22 in at the Westin Tampa Harbour Hotel, Tampa, Fla.

Registration Fee includes:
• Daily continental breakfast
• Refreshment breaks
• Opening reception (cash bar)
• Conference meeting materials
• Access to the Exhibit Area
• Up to 25.0 hours of Category 1-A CME credits (Approval by the AOA is currently pending). BOC and Physical Therapy Credits are also available.

Don’t forget to reserve your hotel room at the Westin Tampa Harbour Island Hotel. You can reach the hotel toll-free at 1-888-627-8158. Mention AOASM 2014 to receive the discounted rate. Click here to reserve online. AOASM encourages attendees attendees at the Clinical Conference to book their reservation at the headquarters hotel.

The hotel reservations deadline is Feb. 28. The AOASM discounted room rate is $169 single/double occupancy. Additional person occupancy (up to 4 people) is $20 per person. Reservations are first come, first served so book early and save!More

Come for the education, but don't forget the fun!
Join fellow AOASM attendees at the Clinical Conference off-site event, an MLB Spring Training game Baltimore Orioles versus Pittsburgh Pirates. This event includes transportation to the game, seating on a private party deck, and snacks. This event is $50 and requires preregistration.

The event is limited to 70 people and tickets are going fast! Register with your conference registration. Already registered and want to add a ticket? Contact Mandy Penisten at 608-443-2477 or email her at More

Health for the Whole Family: Cortisol — the stress hormone to keep in check
The American Osteopathic Association offers monthly health-related articles you can use on your websites, in your newsletter or as handouts in your offices. You have the ability to change the article, or add to it as needed. The AOA would like feedback on articles, and appreciate knowing how you are using them or if you have had success in placing them in a local paper. You can share thoughts and publication success by contacting: AOASM will continue to profile these articles from time to time to remind you of the resources available to you through the AOA.

Check out this month's article: "Cortisol — the stress hormone to keep in check."More

AOASM Clinical Conference highlights
Join your sports medicine family in Tampa, Fla., March 19-22 for the 29th Annual Clinical Conference. This year’s program is packed with lectures, workshops and special events, and opportunities to network with sports medicine physicians and allied health professionals from the around the U.S.

Highlights this year include lectures on all ranges of athletes from the NCAA, Olympic and Professional Athlete to the youth athlete, weekend warrior, athletes in the arts, and industrial athlete. Topics to be covered include:
  • Sports Medicine and the NCAA Athlete
  • U.S. Olympic Team Physician Experience
  • Running Medicine: Injury and Prevention Management
  • Sports Medicine Mass Participation Event Covereage
  • Pediatric Elbow Injuries in Young Throwing Athletes
  • The Weekend Warrior and Extreme Workout Trend
  • Sports Medicine Research: Designs and Trends
  • Emerging Trends in Concussion Research
  • Sports Medicine and the Aging Athlete
  • Sports Medicine Injuries in the Performing Artist
  • The Dancer’s Hip: Physical Examination Pearls
  • OMM for the Overhead Athlete
  • The Overhead Athlete: Strength and Conditioning Techniques
  • MLB Training Room: Diversity of Treatment Approaches
  • The Industrial Athlete
  • Sports Medicine in Law Enforcement
  • PEDs in Athletes of All Ages and Levels
  • Sports Nutrition for Athletic Performance
  • Travel Medicine in Sports

Sports Medicine Program Directors Workshop
All Program Directors and staff for AOA approved Sports Medicine Fellowship Programs are requested to attend the Program Directors Workshop, March 19 from 1:15-3:30 p.m. at the Westin Tampa Harbour Island Hotel, Tampa, Fla. This workshop is held in conjunction with the AOASM Clinical Conference. Attendance is required from each sports medicine program once every two years. Topics for this year include an update on OCC, and a review of the Sports Medicine Basic Standards and Crosswalk.

Registration for the workshop is included with your conference registration. If you or your staff will only be attending the workshop, please contact Mandy Penisten at 608-443-2477 or More

Stanley Cup visits Mercyhurst University
Surprisingly often being a team physician has "how cool is that?" moments. Gregory Coppola, D.O., FAOASM (standing second from left) and Sports Medicine Fellow Chris Rial, D.O. (standing third from left) experienced one of those moments with the hockey team of Mercyhurst University, Erie, Pa., when the Stanley Cup made a visit to the university.

Coppola is faculty at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Sports and Integrative Medicine and is the Medical Director for Mercyhurst College Sports Medicine. Rial is currently completing a sports medicine fellowship at LECOM Sports/Millcreek Community Hospital.

Send us your "how cool is that?" moment for future Sidelines! More

Effect of Plyometric Training on Lower Limb Biomechanics in Females
Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine
Female athletes who participate in pivoting and jumping sports are up to 6 times more prone to suffer noncontact anterior cruciate ligament injuries than male athletes. It is known that the increase in dynamic knee valgus during athletic tasks is one of the main factors associated with ACL injury. The dynamic knee valgus is defined as a collection of altered lower limb kinematics, including increased hip adduction and medial rotation (proximal components), knee abduction, and lateral rotation (distal components). This complex multiplane movement results in an inward movement of the knee joint that has been linked with ACL injuries.More

Sickle cell trait, exertion-related death and confounded estimates
British Journal of Sports Medicine
Sickle cell trait has historically been thought of as a benign condition. However, there has been increasing recognition that, in athletes, SCT is associated with an elevated risk for exertion-related death.More

Sports culture fuels orthopedics boom
Star Tribune
Over 40 years, Bob Niebuhr learned that handball doesn't have to be a young man's game — that an old man can deliciously keep a young man running around the court by swatting the ball with the proper power, precision and geo­metry. So when Niebuhr, 68, saw the doctor for a checkup after his second hip replacement, he had one burning question: "How about handball?"More

Researchers: More study needed on the effects of heading in soccer
The Globe and Mail
Recently, Toronto researchers warn that not enough attention has been paid to the impact of repetitive heading in soccer. A literature review published in the journal Brain Injury by Dr. Tom Schweizer, director of the neuroscience research program at Toronto's St. Michael’s Hospital, calls for more research to be done specifically on a unique aspect of soccer — purposely using one's head to control the ball — and the long-term consequences of repetitive heading.More

Rotational acceleration during head impact resulting from different judo throwing techniques
The Japan Neurosurgical Society
Most severe head injuries in judo are reported as acute subdural hematoma. It is thus necessary to examine the rotational acceleration of the head to clarify the mechanism of head injuries. Researchers determined the rotational acceleration of the head when the subject is thrown by judo techniques. More

Youth sports — is it worth it?
Las Vegas Sun
Concussions are the topic du jour these days in the NFL and NHL. Despite the concerns, there's no question athletics can, and do, benefit young people. Sports can teach children confidence, teamwork and discipline, keep them healthy, create family memories and help establish an active lifestyle into adulthood. But make no mistake: youth sports is a high-stakes, big business.More