Jul. 30, 2014

House of Delegates update
AOASM was represented at this year's AOA House of Delegates, July 17-19, 2014, by our delegates, Rob Franks and Patrick Leary who made sure that concerns regarding the proposed common pathway were properly addressed. Given input from the AOASM over the last year and similar concerns from other specialty colleges the AOA Board of trustees is well aware of the issues that need to be addressed as this process moves forward.

This vote during the annual meeting of the AOA House of Delegates comes after an announcement in February that the AOA, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) had reached an agreement to work together to prepare future generations of physicians.

When fully implemented in July 2020, the new system will allow graduates of osteopathic and allopathic medical schools to complete their residency and/or fellowship education in ACGME-accredited programs and demonstrate achievement of common milestones and competencies.

In a press release issued by the AOA, their belief is ‘the public will benefit from a single standardized system to evaluate the effectiveness of GME programs for producing competent physicians. Through osteopathic-focused residency programs, the new GME accreditation system will recognize the unique principles and practices of the osteopathic medical profession and its contributions to healthcare in the U.S.”

AOASM will continue to monitor this merger, and report back to Academy members on this issue.More

AOASM and the Special Olympics New Jersey

AOASM student members under the guidance of Dr. Rob Franks had an opportunity recently to volunteer their services at the Special Olympics New Jersey. Through our representation at the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science, AOASM was able to work with Special Olympics and provide medical coverage for the developmentally challenged athletes at this regional event. In this article are the personal accounts from some of our student members on how this experience has enriched their lives. More

We apologize that these photos were not included with Dr. Moha Ahuja's July 15 article, Balance and Flexibility for Football Athletes.

The baseball team at Kean University practicing the Warrior two pose.

The Kean University baseball team practicing downward-facing dog pose.

The Kean University baseball team practices the Reverse Warrior pose.

Kean University baseball team members stretch and unwind at the end of a yoga session with Child’s pose.

Kean University baseball pitchers emphasize poses that will help their pitch stance, balance and follow-through.

Cardiovascular preparticipation screening practices of college team physicians
Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine (subscription required)
The objective of this study was to determine the cardiovascular screening practices of college team physicians. Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the leading cause of death during exercise and accounts for nearly 75 percent of collegiate deaths during exertion. A recent study of National Collegiate Athletic Association Athletes found the overall incidence of SCD to be 1:43,000, meaning that at least 10-15 cardiac-related deaths occur in this population annually.More

Effect of education and language on baseline concussion screening tests in professional baseball players
Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine (subscription required)
The purpose of the present study was to investigate the possible effects of sociocultural influences, specifically pertaining to language and education, on baseline neuropsychological concussion testing as obtained via immediate postconcussion assessment and cognitive testing of players from a professional baseball team. Concussion and its related sequelae have continued to gain attention in recent years, both in the public and medical arenas. This interest has been driven in part by high profile cases seen in professional sports and in the media.More

What is the relationship between groin pain in athletes and femoroacetabular impingement?
British Journal of Sports Medicine (subscription required)
Groin symptoms in athletes have been likened to the Bermuda Triangle as sports physicians, orthopedists, surgeons and therapists alike are easily sucked into a sea of confusing suppositions and assumptions. Possibly the greatest advance in the understanding and appreciation of "sports hernia" has been the recent acknowledgment by a multidisciplinary panel of experts that there is in fact no hernia associated with the condition and they have coined the term "inguinal disruption." Unfortunately, although the authors describe a constellation of symptoms, the label again suggests a localized pathology rather than a syndrome.More

SASMA: Happy to be 'hip', wary of being too 'hip happy'
British Journal of Sports Medicine (subscription required)
The slang term "to be hip," meaning fashionably current and in the know, probably has its origins in African-American Vernacular English and became popularly used in the African-American dominated jazz scene of the 1930s and 1940s. This year's Fourth International Conference on Injury Prevention hosted by the IOC in Monaco was the place for "hip" sport and exercise clinicians to be seen.More

Study: ACL reconstructions may last longer depending on type of ligament material
Physical Therapy Products
According to new research presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the type of material used to create a new ligament may impact how long an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction will last. Craig R. Bottoni, M.D., lead author of the study, and his research team followed 99 patients who had used either an autograft or allograft for their ACL reconstruction. All allografts were from a single tissue bank, aseptically processed and fresh frozen without terminal irradiation, as indicated on an AOSSM news release. More

These 3 tests detect concussion 100 percent of the time
When combined with two other measures, a simple vision test can detect 100 percent of concussions that occur during a football game, new research shows. On the football field, the signs of a concussion can be subtle. A player may take a tough hit but not immediately show symptoms, not notice anything is wrong or not report it for fear of being taken out of the game. But devastating injuries can occur if a concussed athlete continues to play.More

Low-level laser therapy for sports injuries
Dynamic Chriopractic
Sports injury rehabilitation is all about getting back in the game quickly and with optimal health. A relatively new tool for the treatment of sports injuries is finding global success, and it is doing so in a fast, efficient way. The application of low-level laser therapy reduces short-term inflammation. Additionally, laser therapy significantly lowers the risk of arthritis frequently resulting from sports injuries. More

Back to school concussion alert: 1 season of contact sports damages brain
As kids and high school and college students head back into training for fall sports, new research offers a hard warning. A single season of playing football or another contact sport causes brain damage regardless of whether a player actually got a concussion or even had signs of injury, says new research published in this month’s Journal of Neurotrauma. More

Study: Injuries on the increase in high school lacrosse
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
High school lacrosse players are facing an increasing number of injuries during practices as well as games, a new study finds. Although the most common injuries are sprains and strains, more than 22 percent are concussions, researchers report. They note a better understanding of why these injuries are happening could lead to better ways to protect student athletes. More

Girls in sports need to worry about their knees, study finds
The Hamilton Spectator
Watch your knees, girls. A new study in Pediatrics, the journal for the American Academy of Pediatrics, found that anterior cruciate ligament injuries are on the rise, and girls are more likely to get this injury than their male friends. In the U.S. study, girls playing the same sport as boys are 2.5 to 6.2 times more likely to have an ACL injury than boys are. In a Norwegian study, girls ages 10 to 19 had a 76 in 100,000 chance of tearing their ACL; boys in that same age range had a 47 in 100,000 chance of the same injury. More