Apr. 9, 2014

4 conferences, 9 days, 4 planes, 2 trains: Advocacy on the road
By Steven Karageanes, DO, FAOASM
Steven Karageanes recently had an opportunity to attend several conferences with national leaders from sports medicine and performing arts groups. However, they were all stacked on top of one another in the middle of February. Being that medicine rarely affords one significant time to go to multiple conferences in a year, let alone a week, Karageanes figured that if you gotta go, you might as well go all out. The American College of Sports Medicine made things a bit easier by hosting three of these conferences in Florida one after another.More

Award of Fellows

Left to right: Sadiq Haque D.O., FAOASM, Anne M. Rex D.O., FAOASM, Phillip Arnold D.O., FAOASM, Denise Lynn Wunderler D.O., FAOASM

AOASM welcomed four new Fellows to the distinguished membership category of Fellow of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine. Our congratulations are extended to:

Upon fulfillment of the requirements as set by the Award of Fellow Review Committee, an active member may apply to the Board of Directors of the AOASM to receive the designation of Fellow of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (FAOASM).

The FAOASM is held in the highest esteem by the sports medicine community and its recipients are counted on to mentor and foster development of the Academy. Proudly, the AOASM encourages and supports professional advancement of these worthy candidates by bestowing this award upon them. The FAOASM signifies the recognition of the applicant member’s experience, dedication, service and contribution of the highest order to the advancement of Sports Medicine. To find more about the requirements to become a Fellow of the Academy, click here.


We thank our sponsors and exhibitors!
AOASM would like to thank all the exhibitors and sponsors who helped make the 2014 Clinical Conference, March 19-22, in Tampa, Fla., possible. Your support allow us to continue our mission of educating osteopathic sports medicine physicians, students, residents, fellows, and allied health professionals. Thank you!

Arthrex, Inc.
Bioventus Global
Dr. John Ferretti and Dr. Silvia Ferretti
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Rock Tape
Sonosite Fuji Films
Tampa Sports Commission

DJO Global
Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
GE Healthcare
Harvest Technologies
ImPACT Applications, Inc.
NORCAL Mutual Insurance
Sonosite Fuji Films


April is National Facial Protection Month
Research estimates that about 2 percent of all children or adolescents who participate in sports eventually will suffer a facial injury severe enough to require medical attention. The Academy for Sports Dentistry (ASD), American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), and the American Dental Association (ADA) are collaborating to promote National Facial Protection Month in April.More

Choosing the mouth guard that's right for your sport and recreational activities
The Academy for Sports Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Association of Orthodontists and the American Dental Association recommend that all children and adults engaging in organized sports or recreational activities should wear comfortable, well-fitted mouth guards that do not restrict breathing, resist tearing and are easy to clean. Organized sports include, but are not limited to, football, wrestling, basketball, baseball, volleyball, ice and field hockey, softball and soccer. Recreational sports include cycling, inline skating, skateboarding or any activity in which the face could come in contact with a hard object, another person or the pavement.More

2014 female athlete triad coalition concensus statement on treatment and return to play of the female athlete trend
Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine
This consensus statement is the first of its kind and represents a set of recommendations developed following the first (San Francisco) and second (Indianapolis) International Consensus Meetings on the Female Athlete Triad (Triad). It is intended to provide clinical guidelines for physicians, athletic trainers, and other health care providers for the treatment of the Triad and to provide clear recommendations for return to play.More

Rehabilitation of scapular dyskinesis: From the office worker to the elite overhead athlete
British Journal of Sports Medicine
Chronic neck and shoulder pain are among the three most prevalent musculoskeletal disorders in the general population, with more than 60 percent of individuals suffering neck/shoulder pain at some stage throughout life. Although great variability in prevalence figures on neck/shoulder pain is reported, it can be seen as an important medical and socioeconomic problem in western society. In addition, its prevalence is known to increase with computer workload, or with participation in an overhead sport.More

Study: MMA brain injury risk higher
About one-third of professional mixed martial arts matches end in knockout or technical knockout, indicating a higher incidence of brain trauma than boxing or other martial arts, according to a new study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine. University of Toronto researchers examined records and videos from 844 Ultimate Fighting Championship bouts from 2006 to 2012 for the study published this month. They found that 108 matches or nearly 13 percent ended in knockouts. Another 179 matches, or 21 percent, ended in technical knockouts, usually after a combatant was hit in the head five to 10 times in the last 10 seconds before the fight was stopped.More

Young women and ACL injuries: How proper training is vital to minimize risk
The Huffington Post
Experienced weight trainers know that the benefits of strength development carry far beyond simply lifting more weight, from improving sports performance to enhancing the dynamic stability of joints, which can help reduce the risk of injury. Recognizing this, colleges around the world employ strength and conditioning coaches to work with their athletic teams. Yet one area of strength training has fallen short with female athletes, in which tears of the ACL — or anterior cruciate ligament — have actually increased dramatically over the years. More

Sims: Significant risks of headfirst slides outweigh questionable rewards
Two recent MLB injuries due to headfirst slides should once again cause players to reevaluate the practice. The significant risks certainly outweigh the questionable rewards. The headfirst slide may still be instinctive for some players who, in the moment, think it gives them a speed advantage. Though some in science back up the claim, even those who do recognize it does not offer an advantage over running through first base. The acceleration and forward momentum of running actually optimizes speed.More

In Europe, echoes of America as concussions spur debate
The New York Times
The debate over how to respond to the growing research linking brain trauma to injuries sustained in sports has spread to Europe, with many of the same dynamics seen in recent years as the issue gained momentum in the United States. Medical experts are calling for change, some leagues and athletes are resisting in the name of tradition and spectator appeal, and lawmakers are inquiring about how officials are handling the possibility that their sports could be tied to long-term cognitive impairment. More