Sports Medicine in the USA — AMSSM & AOASM coming up

The skyline of Columbus OH — site of the AOASM conference May 2 – 5 2018

At CJSM, we are very fortunate to be closely involved with several of the premier sports medicine organizations around the globe.  Our affiliated societies include our founding organization, the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM); the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP); the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM); and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM).

We hold these four societies in high esteem, and different members of our editorial board try to visit each group at least once a year, particularly during their annual meetings.  You may remember recent blog posts about visits to CASEM or to ACSEP , posts which highlighted the proceedings at venues from Quebec City to the Gold Coast of Queensland.

We are very excited for an upcoming fortnight (the last week of April and the first of May), where we will be able to ‘hit’ both the AMSSM meeting (Orlando, FL) and the AOASM meeting (Columbus, OH).

If you want to check out the proceedings for AMSSM go here. Advanced registration has closed, but if you were to show up April 24 – 29 in Orlando, you can register on-site at the event itself.

A pow-wow of EICs, including our own Chris Hughes (2nd from left)

We’re excited for so much of the meeting in Orlando, including our annual get together with our sister journals BJSM and Sports Health, where the editors-in-chief (EICs) will discuss “Secrets to Success: Q&A with the editors of premier sports medicine journals.” That session will be taking place at 0700 AM on F 27 April; if you are in Orlando, please come meet our EIC Chris Hughes, as well as the other EICs, Karim Khan (BJSM) and Ed Wojtys (Sports Health).

For AOASM, you can check out the conference agenda and still sign up on line if you go here. Pre-conference workshops take place April 30 and May 1, and the full proceedings last from May 2 – 5.

We will be reporting live from both the AMSSM and AOASM meetings; so be sure to follow the respective hashtags #AMSSM18 and #AOASM2018.  Also, we publish each year the research and case poster abstracts for the AMSSM meeting in our March issue, and so even if you can’t be in Orlando, you can get ‘up to speed’ on some of the SEM information to be shared by checking out those abstracts.

See you in Orlando or Columbus….or see you on line (Twitter: @cjsmonline )



It takes a village: wrapping up 2017 at CJSM

2017 — it’s a ‘wrap’ Photo: Marco Verch, Wikimedia

The end of the year, with its holidays of giving (e.g. Hannukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and more), is a special time of reflection.

As the CJSM Associate Editor responsible for our emerging media (blogs like this, our Twitter and Facebook feeds, our podcasts) I am grateful for the community that supports these endeavors.

This group of contributors is far too large for me to mention in an exhaustive list.  But a non-random, representative sample might include:

It takes a village, as they say — and in CJSM’s case, it truly is a global village.  This worldwide community creates one of the premier sports journals in existence, one that offers one of the richest platforms for the publication of new, original research.

And it’s because of this village that I can report CJSM just received an early holiday present: this blog has been named in the top 60 sports medicine blogs (#8 to be precise) of 2017.

Joy to the world!

Thanks to all the readers of the journal and this blog, the authors and reviewers, the editors and the innumerable other members of the community with which we engage on social media.

Happy Holidays, and see you in 2018 for our first edition of the New Year.

The impact of clavicle fractures on return to play in NFL athletes

Aaron Rodgers, quarterback of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers — photo Mike Morbeck Wikimedia

I love sports as well as sports medicine.  For many of us, our path to this field saw us grow from athletes or fans ourselves to physicians who kept ‘in the game’ by caring for other athletes and keeping them in the game.

I have written about my affection for my favorite professional team — the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. Anyone following the Packers this season, or the NFL in general, will know that Aaron Rodgers, the team’s franchise quarterback (and sine qua non), sustained a potentially season-ending clavicle fracture to his right, throwing shoulder in October. He has been out since — and his team, its fans (me!), and multiple fantasy football team owners are anxiously awaiting his return.  There is growing expectation he will be back next week for the Packers’ final three games of the season. Go Pack Go!

The waiting is the hardest part,” Tom Petty (RIP) has sung. And the waiting for Rodgers has been very hard for the Packers. Indeed, for anyone experiencing or managing a clavicle fracture, a lot of the frustration comes from the typically temporary but lengthy disability incurred — in the middle of an athlete’s season, a clavicle fracture can be the darnedest thing.  One is waiting as if for a batch of cookies to be done — take them out of the oven too early, you may be ruining a good thing; wait too long, you may unnecessarily be keeping your player out of the game.

With the ‘waiting’ for Rodgers on my mind, I read with special interest this morning a new, ‘published online first’ study from CJSM: Impact of Clavicle Fractures on Return to Play and Performance Ratings in NFL Athletes.   Read more of this post

Deck the halls.

Advent is here — a time of anticipation.  When I was a child, my mother would get all of us children an Advent Calendar, and each day I’d eagerly open up the windows of the calendar to find the chocolate inside.  You too?

I enjoy the holiday spirit that inspires many of the people/organizations I follow on social media.  Even the staid ones play with the mistletoe, so to speak.  The British Medical Journal (BMJ), for instance, puts on the holly and the ivy, and has a very clever, festive theme on its Twitter feed for the month of December:  a daily “Christmas Cracker,”(#BMJChristmasCrackers) that leads one to ponder issues like…whether Santa is a healthy role model or whether eating turkey really can make one sleepy.

Not quite Advent chocolate, but, at my age, I could use something low calorie. As the saying goes, you can’t outrun a bad diet (and, furthermore, I can’t run any more).

We, too, get festive this time of year at CJSM, notwithstanding the hard work our Editor-in-Chief (EIC) Chris Hughes will be doing throughout the Yuletide season taking care of his charges as a team physician for a Premiership football side. While you (and I) will likely be enjoying a quiet Boxing Day, he (and many team docs) will be taking care of business for the sides they cover.

Our elves busy at work packaging up the next edition of CJSM

Our last issue of the year (published in November)  is a bit like an Advent Calendar — open up the pages of the issue, and you’ll find a veritable smorgasbord of interesting topics to sample.  One I particularly liked explores disparities in access to athletic trainers and how this impacts concussion management in high school athletes.  The EIC himself has given a nod to a systematic review on the treatment of acute patellar dislocation.

Too busy to read because you’re travelling?  We’ll have a new podcast to add soon to the ever growing list of ones CJSM has already posted to iTunes.  So subscribe to the feed and listen to your heart’s content.

Whatever your plans this Season, if you are in sports medicine, be sure to include CJSM along with the requisite eggnog and fruitcake.

Ho ho ho!!!!


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