Sep. 24, 2014

A Legacy of AOASM: From the Beginning
Wayne English D.O.
Many of us take for granted the specialty of Sports Medicine and automatically think it’s the “academic norm” to take board certification (CAQ) for our beloved Fellowship Training. But do we ever stop to think, "How did Sports Medicine Fellowships get started and how did Sports Medicine get recognized as a sub-specialty?"


Sports headlines from the Emerald City — cloudy with a chance of salmon and Starbucks!
Join AOASM President Patrick F. Leary, D.O., and Program Chair Jeffrey R. Bytomski, D.O., in Seattle, Washington, for the sports medicine program at OMED 2014.

There is still time to register!

The AOASM will present cutting-edge sports medicine topics relevant to physicians in all specialties. The program will provide diverse, in-depth discussions highlighted by team physicians from the Seattle Seahawks and University of Washington Huskies. More

OMED Practice Management Session
Going to OMED? Don’t miss the Practice Management Sessions. These sessions will be offered Saturday, Oct. 25, through Tuesday, Oct. 28, and will cover ICD-10 implementation, Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Best Practices, the Medical Home and "TED" talks on predictive analytics in primary care and public health, cutting edge telehealth trends in practice today and what is on the drawing board for the future.More

Shorten Your Revenue Cycle with Electronic Charge Capture webinar — Oct. 9
Every dollar counts in today’s complex medical reimbursement environment. This webinar will explore electronic charge capture (ECC) software that leverages direct physician input to improve coding/billing accuracy, capturing otherwise lost revenue and accelerating payment.

This webinar is available for 1.0 credit of AOA Category 1A CME and 1.0 credit of CEU through PAHCS. Register now! More

Future webinar schedule
Series: AOA “Building Blocks of Medicine” webinar series

Part Three: Compliance Basics


Ramadan and the risk of sports injuries
Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine
The recent paper of Eirale et al is a reminder that a growing proportion of participants in both national and international athletic competitions are Muslims, required by their faith to abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset each year throughout the 29 days of Ramadan. Several articles have examined the effects of such intermittent fasting on sleep patterns, circadian rhythms, psychomotor performance, body physiology and biochemistry, training response and performance of athletes. More

Sports-related concussion increases the risk of subsequent injury by about 50 percent in elite male football players
British Journal of Sports Medicine
Little is known about the short-term and long-term sequelae of concussion, and about when athletes who have sustained such injuries can safely return to play. The purpose of this study was to examine whether sports-related concussion increases the risk of subsequent injury in elite male football players. More

Neuroimaging technique aids in diagnosing concussion-related brain disease
Physical Therapy Products
According to a new case study conducted at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and at Molecular Neuroimaging LLC in New Haven, Connecticut, an experimental positron emission tomography tracer is effective in diagnosing concussion-related brain disease while a person is still living. The Mount Sinai case study included the evaluations of two living patients, one who was a retired NFL football player with a history of multiple concussions and a patient with a single traumatic brain injury.More

Research reveals flaw in concussion recovery
The Columbia Chronicle
While concussions remain among the most common injuries sustained by high school athletes, little is known about the recovery process. A recent study from the University of Oregon found that high school athletes who are medically cleared to return to the field within 60 days of suffering a concussion often experience a significant decline in their abilities to simultaneously walk and perform simple mental tasks. More

NFL: 3 in 10 ex-players face Alzheimer's, dementia
The Associated Press
The NFL estimates that nearly three in 10 former players will develop debilitating brain conditions, and that they will be stricken earlier and at least twice as often as the general population. The disclosure comes in separate actuarial data the league and players' lawyers released as part of their proposed $765 million settlement of thousands of concussion lawsuits. More

Restriction in hip internal rotation is associated with an increased risk of ACL injury
Springer via OrthoSpineNews
Evidence suggests that femoroacetabular impingement in athletes may increase the risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. This study correlates ACL injury with hip range of motion in a consecutive series of elite, contact athletes and tests the hypothesis that a restriction in the available hip axial rotation in a dynamic in silico model of a simulated pivot landing would increase ACL strain and the risk of ACL rupture. More

1st-time study examines lifetime health of college athletes
USC News
A new study from the University of Southern California is raising awareness for the first time on how college sports impact the lifetime health and well-being of student-athletes. Published online in the Journal of Athletic Training, the study highlights predictable challenges for former athletes, including health problems with joints later in life, but it also offers encouraging signs, such as better psychological health among current student-athletes compared to their non-athlete peers. More

Researcher uses MRI to measure joint's geometry and role in severe knee injury
Medical Xpress
The successful rise and fall of an athlete's moving body relies on an orchestrated response of bones, joints, ligaments and tendons, putting the many angles and intersecting planes — literally the geometry — of a critical part like a knee joint to the test. But it's more than just a footfall error at the root of one of the most devastating of sports injuries: the ACL or anterior cruciate ligament tear. More