AMSSM Annual Meeting, San Diego

Johnny Owens speaking about blood flow restriction technology at #AMSSM17

The 2017 American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (#AMSSM17) annual meeting has opened in San Diego, and we have a lot to share with you from our brief time on the ground.

One of the first sessions of the meeting was “Gaining a competitive edge: current concepts in sports performance training.”  The session included lectures on oculomotor training for sports performance and the role of sleep in sports performance, both of which advanced my knowledge tremendously.

Dr. Simon Kemp on the importance of monitoring and adjusting load to avoid athletic injury

The session also included two lectures I was eagerly anticipating: one, from Johnny Owens, on blood flow restriction technology in rehabilitation of injury.  Owens is a senior author on a new RCT on blood flow restriction technology post-arthroscopy just published in CJSM. He presented data on how this technology can be used to provide resistance training with very low loads and accelerate the rehabilitation process.  The other session I could not miss was given by Simon Kemp, the head of sports medicine for England’s rugby football union.

I most recently saw Dr. Kemp at the IOC Monaco meeting, where he gave a stellar talk on video analysis of rugby head injuries.  Here, in San Diego, he tackled a different topic: load management for injury prevention. This is a hot topic in sports medicine, a subject I’m sure you’ll see more of in the pages of CJSM and other sports medicine journals.

Dr. Jason Zaremski presenting a clinical case at the poster session, #AMSSM17

Finally, I was able to meet up with one of the newer members of the CJSM Editorial Board: The Junior Associate Editor Jason Zaremski. He is a busy man here, presenting his own work and moderating sessions, including one on preventing injury in the overhead athlete, one of his principal areas of research interest.

Follow #AMSSM17 if you aren’t already to keep up with the proceedings of this busy, jam-packed meeting.  We’ll continue to Tweet live impressions from @cjsmonline and we’ll post again — a lot more to come including the Instructional Course Lecture (ICL #21) on Friday AM, a session on publishing in sports medicine journals jointly given by BJSM, Sports Health and CJSM.

Sports Medicine Fellowship Standards of Excellence — the Podcast

We’re delighted to share with you the May 2017 CJSM which just published.

At times, I am hard-pressed to match the eloquence of Chris Hughes, our editor-in-chief (EIC); and so I will quote his opening editorial from the issue: “At CJSM, we like nothing more than to bring you work from the leaders and membership of our Affiliate Societies, and I am pleased to say that this month we kick off with an important position statement from the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) detailing their Proposed Standards of Excellence for Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship training programsThis Position Statement comes to you just ahead of the forthcoming 26th Annual AMSSM Meeting later this month in San Diego.”

The position statement is an aspirational document that all readers involved in the education of primary care sports medicine specialists should read. But…if you’re tight on time….on that stationary bike….on the plane to #AMSSM17 in San Diego…..take the time now to listen to our newest podcast, “What Makes a Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Excellent?”

We interviewed the lead author of the document, Dr. Irfan Asif, and had a rousing conversation.  Dr. Asif has been a prolific author in CJSM and has been a guest in these blog pages before.  We’ve never been able to get him on the podcast, and we’re delighted he was able to carve out time before heading to #AMSSM17.

As ever, you can access the podcast by iTunes subscription or by going to the journal’s main webpage. You can access the article itself here.

If you’re heading to #AMSSM17 look us up when you get to San Diego. We’ll have a booth in the exhibitor’s section (#404) and EIC Dr. Hughes will be among the presenters at the Instructional Course Lecture at 0700 on Friday 12 — “Secrets to Success: Getting Published in Premier Sports Medicine Journals” (ICL 21).

See you there!

5 Questions with Dr. Matthew Gammons, AMSSM President

Dr. Matt Gammons, outgoing AMSSM president. Photo courtesy http://www.rrmc.org

May — we’ve already arrived in May.

One-third of the way through 2017; I can’t believe it.

But it’s really here, and with this new month comes one of the premier fixtures of the annual American sports medicine calendar:  the AMSSM 26th Annual Meeting, to be held in San Diego.

The meeting each year represents, among so many other things, a time for the organization to come together and witness the changing of the guard:  the end of the term for one president, and the beginning for another.

This year AMSSM will be sending off Dr. Matt Gammons, who has served admirably since the Dallas meeting in 2016.  We caught up with him just before he was taking off from his home in the Green Mountains of Vermont to head to the sunny shores of the Pacific to ask him how his year went, suss out his Tweeting skills, and learn what it’s like to be lost in Chile.

Read on!

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1. CJSM: How did your year as AMSSM president go? What were the high points? Did you face any significant challenges this year?

Matt Gammons (MG): Overall the year was great. I really like the way we run our executive committee. I had 2 years to learn the ropes from the presidents before me (Drs. Chris Madden and Jon Divine) before taking over. Their leadership and wisdom made me feel more comfortable moving into the president position. In addition our staff is wonderful. They make the process much more streamlined, and they were my real lifeline. There is no way I could have done this job without them.

While our organization has many things to be proud of I think getting the Collaborative Research Network up and going along with hiring our research director, Stephanie Kliethermes, is fantastic.  Moving forward this will allow our organization to do some amazing work in the field of sports medicine.  Organizationally, the biggest challenge we have is our growing size. Read more of this post

Coming Up: AMSSM San Diego!

Extracurricular options at #AMSSM17 San Diego

In a little more than a week, our affiliated society — the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) — is hosting its annual meeting in San Diego(#AMSSM17).  I must admit this year, more than most, the date has crept up on me! I still have to  advance my preparation for different obligations I will have on the ground once I am in San Diego. I have yet to turn an accepted abstract into a poster — which, as many of you know, CJSM will publish in the May 2017 issue [CJSM has historically published each year’s AMSSM conference research and case abstracts — for an example check out the May 2016 issue here]

At least I’m already registered (if you’re not, you can do as well — just head here).

The conference promises, as it always does, a great lineup of speakers and presentations.  Several names in that lineup will be familiar to readers of our pages.  With just a casual glance I see Jonathan Finnoff, Jon Drezner, Greg Myer, Matt Gammons, Avery Faigenbaum and Andrea Stracciolini.

The AMSSM’s biggest ‘problem’ usually lies in choosing among many good speakers who may be going on stage concurrently!!!  I’ll be making some very difficult choices……

Editors for CJSM, BJSM and Sports Health will be presenting at #AMSSM17

If you are going and starting to fill in your calendars, be sure to highlight Friday May 12, from 0700 – 0745 for “ICL 21 — Research Track: Secrets to Success — Getting Published in Premier Sports Medicine Journals,” a round table with editors from CJSM, BJSM and Sports Health. This was a very well received session at last year’s meeting, and it promises to be bigger and better this year.

In addition to the upcoming annual conference, AMSSM has been on my mind a lot recently.  With the publication of our May issue in a little more than a week, we’ll be releasing a new AMSSM position statement on ‘The Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Standards of Excellence.’  We’ll have a podcast interview with the lead author, AMSSM’s Irfan Asif, published concurrently on iTunes when the May issue goes live.

Soon, we’ll be live tweeting on the ground — keep your eyes open on our Twitter feed @CJSMonline for all that’s new with #AMSSM17 in San Diego!

See you there.

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