January 29, 2017
The last time we wrote about the Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Society (PRiSM) we were in sunny San Diego. This year’s annual meeting took place in another sunny, albeit slightly cooler, locale: Dallas.
PRiSM is a relatively young society, but one which is up and coming. There were 250+ attendees at this year’s meeting, the 4th annual gathering. What makes this organization special is its focus and membership: 1) its focus is pediatric sports medicine research; 2) its membership is multidisciplinary, drawing from physicians, surgeons, physical therapists, athletic trainers and radiologists. One of the speakers this year, in fact, came from the world of veterinary medicine: Cathy Carlson of the Univ. of Minnesota gave several interesting talks on aspects of osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), focusing on the animal models (swine, caprine) she uses in her research. Her insights into the early development of OCD were among the most powerful, I thought, of the conference.
The keynote conference was delivered by a true pioneer in the field: the world-renowned Dr. Jim Andrews, from the Andrews Sports Institute. He bemoaned the epidemic of pediatric sports injuries and spent time identifying many of the factors contributing to this important public health issue. At the same time, he described some of the success stories out there — models for how we can improve injury prevention in our young athletes. These include the @safekids initiative he is involved with. I would add MomsTeam Institute to any list of such safety initiatives. This is the non-profit youth sports safety group I am involved with.
[on a side note — I am presenting research that MomsTeam has done, along with Executive Director Brooke de Lench, at the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport in Monaco in March — expect posts a plenty coming from that conference]
The faculty at PRiSM 2017 was simply stellar, including several who have graced the pages of our journal and our blog: Read more of this post