This Web site is the section of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention parent Web site that deals with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) issues in athletes. The Web site was developed mainly to answer common questions raised by athletes, parents, and coaches. The information provided is pertinent and easy to understand. Of particular interest to sports physicians is the section on other resources. Located in this section are various guidelines discussing clinical management and prevention of spread of infection strategies. The guideline designed for athletic departments is particularly helpful, especially for those institutions without a specific policy on community-associated MRSA infections. One unique aspect of this site is located under the athletic facilities management section. A link to the Environmental Protection Agency's list of registered products that work against MRSA with respect to sanitizing facilities and equipment is provided here. This site is a great resource for general MRSA information and can help to dispel any misinformation athletes, parents, or coaches may have.
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Journal of Sports Science and Medicine: www.jssm.org
This is the Web site of the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (JSSM). The journal is a free electronic publication featuring original research, case studies, and review articles in the areas of sports medicine and exercise science. The mission of this journal is to use electronic media as an advantage to avoid delays in the publishing process and to easily access archived articles. The JSSM seeks to address the full scope of sports medicine and exercise science including injury, nutrition, biomechanics, and sports performance. The JSSM is published quarterly. It is possible to read all current and previously published articles from the archives in html or PDF formats. There is a separate section dedicated to combat sports, with two special issues and numerous original research studies specific to this area. In addition to the English language, the JSSM can be translated into 10 other different languages. This site also provides a link for publication submissions and directs you to the author's instruction page. To date, there have been six published volumes with at least four issues each. Each article is clearly described, and the links to the full text files are accurate and easily accessed.
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This is the Web site of Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review, published by Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. The mission of this journal is to highlight new advances in the field and discuss the applicability of new ideas into clinical practice. Each issue is dedicated to a single topic, and the journal editors identify experts in the field to guest-edit these issues. The guest editor helps to identify specialists in the field and brings their different ideas together in order to provide an in-depth assessment of a certain issue or controversy. In addition, each issue provides numerous high-color arthroscopy images to help clarify certain aspects of a disease or procedure. The journal is published quarterly and has been in press since 2001.
Access Requirements: Article abstracts are free to view, but full text downloads require a subscription.
This is the Web site of the Jefferson Ultrasound Research and Education Institute (JUREI). This is a large institute dedicated to all areas of ultrasound education. The JUREI is one of the few institutes in the country providing educational opportunities for physicians to learn how to perform diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasounds. The main focus of this Web site is to provide information about the organization's annual conference titled "The Leading Edge in Diagnostic Ultrasound." This annual conference has many different objectives, including ultrasound imaging basics for the novice and the more advanced musculoskeletal ultrasound course. In addition to the annual conference, the JUREI also puts on a number of biannual CME courses, which provide an opportunity for more advanced musculoskeletal ultrasound education. Each course allows for ample hands-on opportunity and personal training. The CME courses cost $895, and the optional hands-on sessions are an additional $300. It is possible to register for each course and subscribe to the organization's newsletter from this site. Directions to the center and a list of area hotels also are provided.
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American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine: www.aoasm.org
This is the Web site of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM). Founded in 1984, the goal of the academy is to "utilize a holistic, comprehensive approach to prevention, diagnosis, and management of sport and exercise related injuries and disease processes." This organization also holds annual conferences and supports AOA-accredited fellowships in sports medicine. The AOASM also is the certifying board for granting Certification in Added Qualification in Sports Medicine in the osteopathic field. Similar to the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), the AOASM has adopted the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine as its official publication. This Web site also has a section dedicated to various consensus position statements on topics such as mass participation event management and management of sudden cardiac arrest in high school and collegiate athletic programs. The web site is well constructed and provides a wealth of information about the osteopathic sports medicine approach.
Access Requirements: None. Membership benefits available.
This is the Web site for the National Center for Sports Safety (NCSS). Founded by an orthopedic surgeon in 2001, this organization strives to promote injury prevention and safety at all levels of youth sports. In association with the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), the NCSS launched a sports safety course called PREPARE. This course, targeted at volunteer coaches and parents, was designed to educate people with no formal training about basic sports injuries and emergencies. Some of the topics in the course include preparing for unexpected emergencies, heat and cold illnesses, and principles of first aid. The course is available for purchase for $28. This organization also has a sports safety advocacy program called the Parents Ambassadors for Sports Safety (PASS). The goal of this program is to help parents promote sports safety in their local communities by giving them ideas on how to help secure funding for appropriate safety equipment and educational programs and by helping to promote the PREPARE course to involved coaches and parents. This is a very interactive Web site with good information about youth sports safety.
Access Requirements: None, but the PREPARE course costs $28.