Jun. 18, 2014

OMED Preliminary Program available
The American Osteopathic Association has released it's OMED 2014 Preliminary Program. The AOA's 119th Annual Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exposition will be held Oct. 25-29, at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle. Mark your calendars for Sunday, Oct. 26 through Wednesday, Oct. 28. These three days will house all of AOASM’s sports medicine CME.

Don’t forget to register as Sports Medicine – you receive the sports medicine CME and AOASM benefits financially from your support. Online registration is now open. Use code PRELIMEMAIL and save $20 off your registration.

The hotel reservation system is also now available. Deadline for hotel reservations is Oct. 1 – but don’t delay. Hotels sell out quickly!

AOASM extends a special thank you to Dr. Jeff Bytomski for coordinating the 2014 OMED lectures.More

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Biologics Update — rescheduled for July 9
The MSK webinar Biologics Update has been rescheduled for July 9, at 8 p.m. ET. Dr. Mark Sakr will provide information on:

This webinar has been submitted to the American Osteopathic Association for approval of 1 hour of category 1A CME.

Registration will close on July 8, so register today! More

Osteopathic medicine as a community regularly uses the phrase “osteopathic family.” While sounding like a cliché, the osteopathic family is more real than most of us realize, encompassing not just physicians, their peers, staff and patients, but multiple generations of osteopathic physicians within families. AOASM extends its warmest congratulations to Dr. Joseph Leary, who on June 6, was hooded by his father, Dr. Patrick Leary, current AOASM President. Dr. Joseph Leary graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton, Florida.

AOASM extends its congratulations to the 2014 graduates of all colleges of osteopathic medicine.

Graduates and practicing physicians alike — let us know who is in your osteopathic family by emailing us photos and a brief description of your family members.More

Health for the whole family
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 appreciates 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. More

Prospective clinical assessment using Sideline Concussion Assessment Tool-2 testing in the evaluation of sport-related concussions in college athletes
Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine (subscription required)
The obejctive of this study was to evaluate the utility of the Sideline Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT) 2 in collegiate athletes with sport-related concussion. The participants were male and female club rugby and varsity athletes. The study consisted of baseline measures of concussion symptoms, cognitive function and balance, which were obtained using the SCAT-2. Serial postinjury testing was conducted as clinically indicated.More

A closer look at overuse injuries in the pediatric athlete
Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine (subscription required)
The objective of this study was to examine male-female differences in pediatric overuse sports injuries, taking place in the tertiary level sports medicine division in a large academic pediatric medical center. The final study cohort included 1614 patients and showed that females sustained approximately half of the total injuries.More

What fooled us in the knee may trip us up in the hip: Lessons from arthroscopy
British Journal of Sports Medicine (subscription required)
Those old enough to remember when knee arthroscopy revolutionized treatment of the injured meniscus several decades back might be forgiven if a sense of déjà vu is emerging from the hip. Hip labral tears are increasingly seen on imaging and at hip arthroscopy in people with hip and groin pain, which coincides with improved diagnostic techniques and the rapid growth of arthroscopic surgery. The number of hip arthroscopies have increased 1800 percent in the U.S. over the past 5–10 years, with dramatic increases also reported in the U.K., Australia and elsewhere worldwide.More

Reality check: The cost-effectiveness of removing body checking from youth ice hockey
British Journal of Sports Medicine (subscription required)
he risk of injury among Pee Wee (ages 11–12 years) ice hockey players in leagues that allow body checking is threefold greater than in leagues that do not allow body checking. The British Journal of Sports Medicine estimated the cost–effectiveness of a no body checking policy versus a policy that allows body checking in Pee Wee ice hockey.More

No rest for rehab: Physiotherapy must begin right after an injury
The Star Online
For faster and better recovery, physiotherapy must start immediately after you get injured, regardless of whether you are an athlete or not. In the past, if you sustained an injury, the medical practitioner would prescribe you a dose of painkillers and muscle relaxants, and ask you to rest the injured area. Although some doctors continue with this practice, this treatment modality has been shown to be ineffective. More

Blood markers may guide return to play after concussion
Even though a concussion is a somewhat common sports-related injury, it's still a very serious injury. It's important for athletes on the mend from a head injury to take it slow. New research suggests that certain markers in the blood may guide doctors as they work with athletes on a plan to get back in the game after a concussion. More

Study finds ballet to be one of most dangerous activities
Bundaberg NewsMail
Gruelling training regimes are placing young ballet dancers at risk of serious injury, a new study has revealed. The study, published by Sports Medicine Australia in The Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, found that extremely high and unvaried training loads, coupled with the impact of adolescent growth spurts, may predispose young pre-professional dancers to high levels of overuse injury.More

Prolonged concussion potentially linked to psychiatric disorders
Healthcare Professionals Network
Prolonged recovery from concussions may signal further psychiatric disorders in athletes, according to research presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, held May 27-31, 2014, in Orlando, Florida. Researchers from St. Vincent Sports Performance and the Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention in Indianapolis retrospectively studied 76 athletes aged 8-23 years who had sports-related concussions and had been referred to neuropsychological specialists for further evaluation after an average of 4.4 months.More

Excess pitching fuels explosion of elbow injuries
The World-Herald
Tommy John surgeries, named after the first recipient of successful UCL reconstruction in 1974, have skyrocketed the past decade at all levels of baseball. Twenty-one major-league pitchers have undergone season-ending surgery, a record pace for one year. But finding consensus among coaches, orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and data analysts is like turning a quadruple play. Somehow devoting more time and resources to arm care has exacerbated the problem. Fingers point in every direction.More

Soccer head injuries may be underappreciated
CBC News
As the popularity of soccer grows among children, doctors and researchers say the dangers of concussions need to be taken more seriously in the sport. When researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto reviewed the evidence on concussions and heading in soccer this winter, they found a higher incidence of concussions among females than males playing the world's most popular sport. More